In the works, a watch that is also SOS sender for women in distress
The watch could be available in a few months, and cost as little as Rs 500, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said.
“We are looking at technology-based solutions regarding the safety of women. The concept is that you wear something on the wrist, and the moment you say ‘Help Me’, the video automatically starts and the call goes to pre-determined numbers,” Sibal told The Sunday Express.
“There are other features as well but they are at the conceptual stage. It will take about four weeks for the project to be fleshed out, and technology development will take about six months. We really want that whatever device we develop, it should be affordable and, therefore, should not cost more than Rs 500,” Sibal said.
“The concept arose in the context of the recent incident (of the gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi),” the minister said. Technology, he said, must be part of society’s multi-pronged response. “What we are working on will ensure safety of women, children and also the elderly who stay alone.”
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has been asked to develop a prototype device for test and trial runs before commercial production can be started. Preliminary discussions have been held with Indian Telephone Industries (ITI), a DoT