When you’re as big as the Tata Group (and if you don’t know about the company, you should read up on it), you can develop hardware products just for your own internal use. That’s apparently what the company is doing with a piece of wristware building a safety watch for workers in several of its subsidiaries.
The Economic Times of India reports that Tata CIO Gopichand Katragadda says the idea for the watch came from the Tata Steel subsidiary, and will give real-time data about worker’s body temperature, heart rate, and environmental factors such as ambient gases. Design input came from Tata Motors and Tata Chemicals. The analytics are performed by software from Tata’s IT consulting services, and the device itself was designed by Tata Elxsi will be built by Titan Industries, India’s largest watch company and a joint venture in which Tata is a partner.
Katragadda said that the device (which, by the way, has an analog face) might also be sold to other industrial companies, and that the company was considering getting into the consumer wearables market as well.