Barclays and TCS partner to Help Children with Locomotor Disabilities

Deepthi | Myequity news | Date : 22-03-2019 12:58:00 IST

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global lT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has joined hands with Barclays to launch the TCS VHAB (Virtual Habilitation) platform at the ZEP Rehabilitation Centre in Pune, to help children with neuro-muscular disabilities become more self-dependent.

As part of the partnership, REACH - the Barclays Disability and Mental Health Network, is providing the hardware and equipment, while TCS is deploying and supporting its VHAB solution. The initiative was launched at ZEP rehabilitation centre in Pune by Sean Dunphy, Senior MD, Barclays and Anita Nanadikar, Head-lncubation, Research and lnnovation, TCS.

VHAB is a digital assistive platform conceptualized, designed and developed by TCS to significantly improve the physiotherapy regimen for children with locomotor disabilities due to cerebral palsy or autism. The platform uses motion sensors, progressive analytics, gesture analysis, finger mapping and real-time simulation in an immersive VR environment to create a series of personalized simulated environments that children can interact with in a gamified environment and develop skills that will enable them to carry out tasks closely related to real life.

VHAB is already being successfully used by over 500 students across three schools for children with special needs. The results have been positive with the children exhibiting a visible increase in their attention, concentration and other learning skills.

"With advancements in motion sensing technologies, wearable and gamification, digital technology solutions are increasingly transforming wellness and healthcare. TCS has been at the forefront of innovation that uses these technologies to make a reol impoct in the lives of people," said K Ananth Krishnan, Chief Technology Officer, TCS. "We are working to expand the VHAB platform to further address the full scale of the autism spectrum and are glad to partner with Barclays as we toke this unique program to more children."

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