Monday , 18 November 2019

Smart Technology: Securing Cities’ Transportation

The Opportunities in City Surveillance

According to Richard Canday, Head – Marketing, Securens Systems Pvt Ltd, “The Indian surveillance market is witnessing immense growth from sectors such as city surveillance, hospitality, airport security, BFSI, retail, BPO, manufacturing, and educational institutes. The government, in general, is the biggest segment in terms of volume demand.” He continues, “About 87% of surveillance needs are for commercial purpose, whereas 13% are for residential.”

As per the assessment by K Srinivasan, Chief Executive Officer, AllGoVision, with the increasing number of roads and traffic, intelligent traffic management and automatic incident detection systems are likely to witness high demand in the years to come. He continued, “Moreover, the response time to any incidents will be much quicker and in real time. The overall market is estimated around USD 8.55 billion by 2023 which is at a CAGR of 21.5% during the forecast period (i.e., 2018-2023).”

That apart, safe and smart city market has become one of the fastest-growing markets for video surveillance in the last few years. The smart cities mission and safe city projects are getting a major boost from the government. These two are the key drivers of growth in the Indian security market. Ashish Dhakan, MD & CEO, Prama Hikvision India Pvt Ltd, says “The government has taken some bold steps to revamp homeland security, urban transportation (Metro rail, railway and BRTS), and critical infrastructure verticals.”

That said, the surveillance market offers ample opportunities for OEMs, system integrators at various levels, including transition, upgrades, customisation, and other valueadded services. The increased focus of the Central and State governments on security and surveillance projects is poised to create bigger safe city project opportunities for OEMs, system integrators and technology partners.

According to Ashish Modi, Vice President and General Manager, Honeywell Building Technologies, India, the surveillance market is fast changing with new technologies being introduced, coupled with the technological advancement being more towards integrated and softwarebased solutions. He further adds, “In India, the preference has long been for analogue-based surveillance systems, but recent trends indicate a shift towards IP-based surveillance systems which are used increasingly in different verticals across the private and public sector.”

That said, IoT and increasing dependence on connected solutions are shifting the market focus towards convergence of platforms with IP technology backed by open and scalable platform and video analytics integration. IoT is driving the need for edge device interconnectedness to a central intelligence/ analytics hub. Modi adds, “We are witnessing increasing adoption of ANPR and RLVDS in city surveillance and traffic management.”

With Integrated command and control centres (ICCCs), working as a decision support system, the cities have been able to get a 360-degree view of the key functions. As many as 73 smart cities are at various stages of implementation of ICCCs, a stateof- the-art facility for centrally managing safety and security of citizens along with other urban services such as transport, water, and solid waste management. As per the government data, 24 smart cities have operational ICCCs worth Rs 2,771Cr; centres in 31 cities are under construction with projects worth Rs 2,261Cr while tenders for 18 more have been processed with projects worth Rs 2,551Cr.

‘We offer intelligent traffic solutions to bolster security and safety in transportation sector’

Ashish Dhakan, MD & CEO, Prama Hikvision India Pvt Ltd

How is surveillance becoming increasingly relevant in the ecosystem of transportation in India? How significant is the IP-based surveillance in providing a fool-proof security cover?

The intelligent traffic cameras are revolutionising human and computer interactions by enhancing the capabilities of intelligent traffic systems. In many Indian cities, building new road capacity is not an option – either because of available space, disruption to economic activities, or budgetary constraints. In these circumstances, city authorities are beginning to look for smart technologies to make people’s journeys faster and safer.

Increased penalties for traffic violations, under the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill, are expected to bring discipline. With ANPR cameras installed at various traffic junctions, e-Challans are issued to the traffic violators helping the traffic police authorities. However, an effective traffic violation fine recovery mechanism is required for better outcomes.

The adoption of IP –based surveillance is growing significantly with smart and intelligent transportation solutions. We at Hikvision are committed to providing a foolproof IP–based surveillance products and solutions. Hikvision is certified with ISO 9001-2015 standard certification in India. The company is focusing on various initiatives, including ISO 9001, BIS, PESO, GDPR, FIRST, FIPS 140-2, common criteria certification to further the cause of product reliability and cybersecurity.

According to you, which are the verticals that have witnessed maximum traction in the last one year?

We are focusing on the fast-evolving vertical market by offering verticalspecific solutions to bolster growth. In the current scenario, the government is taking proactive measures to upgrade the internal security mechanism. Some of the important verticals include homeland security, smart cities, safe cities, BFSI, critical infrastructure, hospitality, retail, education, real estate and heavy industries

How many smart city projects are you part of now and how many are in offing?

As a pivotal consortium partner, we are part of some of the key smart city projects in India. Meanwhile, these smart city projects, which we are part of, are at the various levels of implementation. We would like to specially mention the Naya Raipur Smart City Project, where Hikvision is the OEM partner. The project has been successfully implemented.

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