Clearsonics Hands Free Communication

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Clearsonics Hands Free Communication

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The modern help phone should not be restricted for maximum use by its surroundings and have facilities for remote operation testing and functionality changes, as well as flexibility for network connections and powering options.

In times of an emergency a help phone must be simple to use as unrestrictive as possible. A hands-free phone only needs the user to press a button once, it is easier to press a button than to hold onto a handset.

The user needs feedback that the phone is connecting them. A push button with travel will let them know so they know it has been pressed. Both visual and audible feedback is important to indicate that a call has been placed. A delay in any feedback would appear as an eternity in an emergency situation.

Hands-free phones are not as susceptible to vandalism and therefore are more available to those in need. Together with detection and automatic reporting of accidental damage or vandalism (such as damage by a vehicle or vandals) will maximise availability.

A hands-free help phone powered by solar and connected through GSM will be a higher initial investment but should prove the lowest in lifecycle costs whilst providing the upmost usability and flexibility for those who will rely on it.

Usability

In times of an emergency a help phone must be simple to use and as unrestrictive as possible. A hands-free phone only needs the user to press a button once, even if they were injured or disabled it is easier to press a button than to hold onto a handset.

The user needs reassurance that the phone is connected. A push button with travel, will let them know that it has been pressed. Both visual and audible feedback is important to indicate that a call has been placed. A delay in any feedback would appear as an eternity in an emergency situation.

In relation to using a handset the cord length determines the restriction to a users movement and means only one hand is free.

The hands-free user has the flexibility to use both hands. This then allows the user to do other tasks such as: applying first aid, directing traffic, taking notes or even receive instructions to fix a car with their head under the bonnet which could be even more important for remote locations. A hands-free help phone should be able to operate in the expected maximum noise environment.

More than one person should be able to receive information from a hands-free phone, it is not restricted to a one to one conversation.

During a lightning storm it is much safer to use a hands-free phone than to hold onto a handset.

Hands-free phones are not as susceptible to vandalism and therefore are more available to those in need. If a help phone is provided then it will be relied upon and expected to be in working order, not with a cord hanging down with bare wires and no handset to be found. Additionally all help phones should be tested to ensure the utmost availability where the level of testing is conclusive.

This put together with detection and automatic reporting of accidental damage or vandalism (hit by a vehicle or receiving severe blows) will maximise availability.

Consider the wheelchair dependant driver whose car is failing and can stop next to a help phone in the emergency lane. With a handset phone the driver would have to get out of the vehicle necessitating the placement of the wheelchair in the first lane of traffic.

A hands-free help phone powered by solar and connected through GSM will be

a higher initial investment but should prove the lowest in lifecycle costs whilst providing the upmost usability and flexibility for those who will rely on it.

CS-LVD MODULE

WayPhone Low Voltage Disconnect accessory will extend the life of connected batteries by preventing damaging over discharge. It will also ensure WayPhone operation is not compromised by low battery voltage. When the battery voltage drops to very low levels, it is considered better the phone switches off than operate abnormally.

The disconnect voltage is factory programmable but is typically set at 10.5V, optimal for Sealed Lead Acid cells used in most WayPhones. The loaded battery voltage is periodically tested to determine if the voltage is too low for reliable operation and approaching the level that causes battery degradation.

If the voltage is too low, the load (WayPhone) is disconnected from the battery. The charging circuit remains connected to the battery and periodically, the LVD module tests the battery by applying a ‘dummy’ load and measuring the voltage. If it is considered charged enough for operation, it reconnects the battery to the WayPhone. The decision threshold for reconnection is also factory programmable but will typically be set to 12V.

A slowly blinking red LED indicates the battery has been disconnected from the load. A switched power output can be provided to ensure any ancillary equipment is also disconnected from the battery when the voltage is too low. If the equipment remains connected, the battery will continue to discharge, negating the benefit of the LVD device. Examples of such equipment are Line Extenders, Media Converters or Ethernet Switches.

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