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IoT Helps Make the World Safer for Children

Our next Gurgaon-based DemoJam group is relatively new to SAP Custom Development. They initially met during training in June 2014.  And they clearly have the ambition and drive to succeed at their jobs.

This team was sure they wanted to work on an app using Internet of Things (IoT) technology, but they weren’t quite sure what situation they would work on. When Vaibhav Arora was babysitting for his niece and trying to work, the idea for the new app started to take form. Parents can’t be everywhere and see into every corner, so why not use technology as an extra set of eyes? 

Vaibhav joined with Harshit Jain, Neha Varshney, Pooja Jain, Priyanka Sadana, Sakshi Goel and Mitali Gadi.  Mitali is a partner from Accenture wokring with SAP Custom Development and is a little more experienced than the rest of the group.

The app that they designed, Tiny Steps, is targeted to providing a safer home environment for children.  It helps monitors activity and alerts parents whenever a kid wakes up.  By attaching a small monitoring device to the child’s clothing, it can track the child’s movements through the home and notifies parents if the child is in a potentially dangerous area. It also keeps track of sleeping hours to maintain a Health Check for babies. This cloud-based application can be used from anywhere. It helps to provide a safer environment for kids at home and could also be used in schools, daycares or other indoor facilities.  The sleep hour data recorded by Tiny Steps can be used for analysis of sleep patterns.


Developing the proof of concept for each feature had a huge learning curve.  But like many people trying to learn something new, they turned to Google for help. They also turned to more experienced SAP colleagues for advice.  After many long nights and weekends working on the idea, they had a prototype that not only got them to the main stage but put these DemoJam newcomers in the number 3 spot.

The DemoJam experience provided the opportunity to learn new skills.  While the team had a basic knowledge of the IoT process, DemoJam was the motivator to dig deeper into the technology and gain relevant experience. It helped the group broaden their thinking about how the user interacts with technology.  And it was a great feeling to be able to develop something from start to finish.

This group of SAP newbies has the ambition to win next year’s DemoJam.  And with such a strong showing in their first DemoJam experience, they are sure that anything is possible.


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Also look for my other blogs on DemoJam Winners on SCN:

Get to Know the Winners and Innovators

Passion for Innovation leads to real life application with life saving benefits

Easing Road Congestion and Making New Friends

Using the Internet of Things to Ease Daily Commutes

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      Tiny Steps team:Vaibhav, Harshit Jain, Neha Varshney, Pooja Jain, Priyanka Sadana, Sakshi Goel and Mitali Gadi. You have come up with  an excellent doable idea. This idea is specially very useful for india where safety norms are lax and the child care personnel come from unorganised sector with varying standards. How much does the device cost if we productise it.- Sanjiv Bakshi

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      Vaibhav Arora

      Hi sir,

      Thank you very much for the appreciation 🙂

      We also believe it can be of great use specially in Indian homes and schools.

      In fact, while developing the solution we always had the real world use case in mind, we also surveyed our colleagues regarding it and most of the office-going parents gave a very positive response.

      The whole setup for a home with upto 5 monitoring spots will cost around INR 5,000-6,000 that includes-

      • The wearable device - approx INR 3000-4000
      • 5 monitoring spots - approx INR 2000

      This can be further reduced in terms of both cost & size if we design a custom microprocessor board for the wearable device, right now we're using the Arduino board.

      We are also trying other alternative technologies(eg. bluetooth) for reducing the cost. We hope to share the results with you soon.