Mumbai: HCL Security, a wholly owned subsidiary of the $3.1-billion HCL Infosystems, will venture into manufacturing security and surveillance equipment in a year’s time.
Initially, the Noida-based company would start production of baggage scanners and vehicle surveillance systems at its existing manufacturing facilities, Ajai Chowdhry, Chairman & CEO, HCL Infosystems, said in an interaction with Business Line.
After the terror attacks in Mumbai, the demand for baggage scanners has increased manifold across various sectors in the country. A vehicle surveillance system helps to automatically scan the bottom of vehicles through cameras. If there is anything suspicious, the security infrastructure can be programmed to restrict its further movement.
‘Safe State’ solution
HCL Infosystems floated HCL Security in March 2008 to provide system integration solutions related to physical security. Recently, the company introduced the concept of ‘Safe State’, an integrated technology solution that can help secure a State, city and critical infrastructure such as hotels, hospitals, and educational institutions.
Currently, most of the security hardware used by the company (such as CCTVs, scanners, biometric devices etc.) are either imported or sourced from local vendors who manufacture it, said Chowdhry. “By manufacturing these products, we will be able to bring the total costs down and also improve the overall supply chain,” he said.
According to estimates, the market for security solutions (guarding and non-guarding services) is currently worth Rs 8,000 crore in India, and growing at an annual rate of over 30 per cent. HCL has four hardware manufacturing plants at Puducherry, Chennai and Uttarakhand.