A RIL (Reliance Industries Limited)led consortium is set to bag an important project of installing CCTV cameras at all the major traffic junctions in Mumbai. This project worth 1000 croreenvisaged by the Maharashtra Government will comprise installing of around 6000 CCTV cameras across the city. It will also include setting up of data servers in places like the National Stock Exchange and the Bhabha Atomic Research Center. This will be the first significant internal security deal endowed to a private sector. This pioneering project gainedground after the terrorist attacks on 26/11 in the country’s financial capital.
Approved by state chief secretary RatnakarGaikwad, the state government intends to buy 6000 CCTV cameras so that they can use the present 400 to integrate into the network. The cameras will facilitatepulling together real time videos from the cameras placed at a distance and broadcast video footage. With the help of optical fibernetwork, a video uplink will be created to the control room that comprises of various workstation PCs that have specialist application software in them.
The consortium included all the major IT service providers including Allied Digital Services, IBM, Cisco and RIL. Seven were shortlisted from a group of 10 consortiachoseninitially. Two bidders qualified where RIL has increasedchances of winning the deal since it emerged as the lowest bidder on Thursday. These surveillance cameras will make vigilance easy and effective in Mumbai that has been vulnerable to terrorist attacks since 1993. RIL has also affirmed that it will augment its broadband network in order to shore up to the homeland security applications and services.
VivekLall, CEO of RIL’s homeland security and aerospace segment is a former NASA scientist who has supervised Boeing's military and commercial division in our country previously. RIlgained entrée in this business by roping in Lall who is an American scientist of an Indian origin. This conglomerate had previously collaborated with Dassault Aviation that is a foremost player in the aerospace industry on an international level,to engage in deliberated opportunities that cater to key manufacturing and support in India. RIL aspires to gain momentum in this division where it can churn out advanced security solutions. In a joint venture with Siemens AG, an engineering company with its origin in Germany, it proposed to create smart security solutions that can strengthen the country’s safety and security.
India’s security industry is booming and has appealed to the chief private sectors including the multinationals in the country. The security industry in India is estimated to be a$16-billion market in the next ten years.