BRISBANE-based Frontier Solutions has secured the first international distribution deal for the Canadian-made Matias 508 Keyboard.
The company has appointed Computerland Taranaki as its partner to launch the product in New Zealand.
Paul Hughes, Frontier director, says New Zealand is ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to employee safety and concern.
“The Matias keyboard is the first economical one-handed keyboard that doesn’t require learning a new way to type and has great potential in this region because occupational health and safety has been heavily legislated,” he says.
Matias designed the keyboard to meet US Federal Government legislation under the Rehabilitation Act requiring government-used IT be accessible to people with disabilities.
Not only one-handed users will benefit, says Hughes, as the keyboard is ideal for hand-related injuries such as occupational overuse syndrome (OOS) and hemiplegia - a paralysis of a limb often caused by a stroke.
As the keyboard can easily switch from single-hand typing to two-handed typing, organisations can have one standard keyboard that can be used by all staff.
Hughes believes this will save companies having to change keyboards for left- or right-handed people and those with hand disabilities.
He says Computerland is a good fit for Frontier’s products with an established distribution network in place.
Chris Sharpe, Computerland Taranaki managing director, says the keyboard is innovative and shows there are options available for the prevention of OOS.
He says the company will provide Frontier with a distribution point for New Zealand e-commerce customers. Computerland Taranaki will also sell to its own customers.
“This is a relatively new initiative so at the moment I haven’t thought beyond selling it in Taranaki, although at a later stage it may be marketed through other regional offices,” says Sharpe.