This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.
Last Published: 8/5/2019

Units: $ millions






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Data Sources:  Directorate General of Foreign Trade

The safety and security industry in India has experienced steady growth with various segments estimated to grow between 10-15 percent annually. 

Population growth, rapid urbanization, expansion of industries, infrastructure and mass transportation systems are driving expectations for greater safety and security measures particularly in critical national infrastructure sectors such as communication networks, defense establishments, government research facilities, emergency and disaster management systems, healthcare facilities, ports, oil refineries, power plants, critical manufacturing facilities and mass transportation systems.     

The security industry in India can be broadly classified into: cyber security, electronic security, fire-safety detection and prevention, private security, personal protective apparel and equipment.  The industry consists of local manufacturers, system integrators, distributors and consultants and service providers.  The industry is highly fragmented. 

Even though the market is price sensitive, due to increased awareness of quality, reliability and after sales support, certain customer segments are willing to pay a premium for innovative and technologically advanced products from U.S. manufacturers, suppliers and solutions providers. 

The federal government has initiated many vital infrastructure projects including new airports, mega ports, metro systems and the development of smart cities across the country.  The rapid growth in hospitality, commercial and residential structures, railways, and roadways, coupled with greater presence of multinational companies, use of internet of things (IoT) and smart technologies has been the primary factor driving demand in the security industry.

End users of safety and security products and services include airport, government enterprises, law enforcement agencies, military, disaster management agencies, commercial and non-commercial enterprises. 
Leading Sub-Sectors
Electronic Security
The electronic security systems and solutions market is one of the important sub-sectors of the security industry in India.  The electronic security market is estimated to have grown over 20 percent in the past few years, mainly in surveillance equipment.  With the introduction of the smart cities initiative by the  government, India’s rapidly growing cities are poised to become big consumers of safety and security products and solutions..  Tier 2 cities, are expected to adopt leapfrog  technologies to meet their growing needs.  India is home to international and domestic companies in this sector such as Honeywell Automation, Tyco Fire & Security, Johnson Controls, Prama Hikivison, Zicom Electronic and Aditya Infotech.  The government’s plan to modernize existing airports, ports, railways, industrial zones, development of smart cities, law enforcement agencies and emphasize the use of digital, smart technologies are major drivers of growth and would offer an array of business opportunities for the U.S. companies.

Sub-sectors: access control systems, video surveillance, scanning and screening systems, intrusion detection, surveillance equipment, explosive, chemical and fire detection and protection systems.  

Airport Security:  India is one of the largest aviation markets in the world with an impressive growth in passgenger traffic expected to triple in the next 20 years to 500 million passenger trips a year.  More than 34 new airports were opened in the past two years.   India’s Aviation Former Minister, Jayant Sinha, spoke of India needing 150 to 200 additional airports by 2035.

Hotel Security:  Due to past terrorist attacks on hotels and recent events in Sri Lanka, hotel security will continue to be a growth sector in India. 

Homeland Security & Policing:  Federal and various state governments are working towards the modernization of  the police force to improve internal security and equip law enforcement agencies with modern equipment, technology and products. 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV):  In December 2018, the Director General of Civil Aviation announced India’s policy for operatinig drones in the country.  Drones can provide immense opportunities in various aspects of safety and security in aerial surviellance, disaster relief,  tracking and mapping wild fires, inspection and compliance. 

Fire & Rescue:  For the past few years, there has been a steep increase in forest fires and fire accidents causing extensive loss of life and property across the country.  Due to rapid urbanization fire accidents, particulary in high rise buildings and congested areas are posing a major challenge for fire personnel.  To minimize fire hazards, the government is focused on developing smart cities across the country, increasing demand for fire safety products and solutions.  

Trade Shows and other Industry Events
5th International Police Expo
July 19-20, 2019
Pragathi Maidan, New Delhi
International Police Expo provides a platform for manufacturers, suppliers, and industry professionals to explore business opportunities related to police security, training, protection and rescue.

Occupational Safety and Health – OSH India
November 28-29, 2019
Bombay Exhibition Center, Mumbai, India
An occupational safety and health event organized by UBM brings together international and domestic exhibitors, safety professionals, experts from the industry and government officials.  The show provides a wide range of avenues to do business and gain knowledge through various forums.

International Fire & Security Exhibition and Conference – IFSEC India 2019
December 19-21, 2019
Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India
IFSEC India is South Asia's largest security, civil protection and fire safety exhibition.  IFSEC 2019, the 13th edition of the show provides a platform for displaying commercial, homeland security and fire safety technologies, products, solutions and services, with onsite product launches from major industry suppliers.  

Defexpo 2020
February 5-8, 2020
Location:  TBD 
The eleventh edition of Defexpo provides opportunities to gather ground level intelligence and insight in the homeland security sector in India.

Fire & Security India Expo (FSIE) 2020
February 27-29, 2020
India Expo Mart (IEML) Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Fire & Security India 2020 provides a collaboration platform for fire safety and security management officials from various industries including architects, MEP consultants, OEM’s, security experts, building engineers and fire prevention bodies.  The stakeholders will gather to disseminate information, gather knowledge, exhibit, debate innovative perspectives, solutions and products for the fire safety and security industry. 

Secutech India 
May 7-9, 2020  
Mumbai Exhibition Center, Goregaon, Mumbai, India
Secutech India, in its ninth edition, is one of the leading security exhibitions attracting participation from global and domestic companies.  The show’s focus areas are, integrated building management systems, smart cities, smart homes, internet of things, cyber security and homeland security.

For more information about opportunities in this sector contact U.S. Commercial Service Industry Specialist: Srinivasa Murthy at:

Web Resources
Asean Professional Security Association (APSA)
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI)
Data Security Council of India (DSCI)
Electronic Security Association of India (ESAI)
Fire & Security Association of India (FSAI)
Fire Protection Association of India (FPAI)
Institution of Fire Engineers (India) (IFE)
Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC)
National Cyber Safety and Security Standards (NCSSS)
National Disaster Management Authority, (NDMA) Government of India
National Disaster Response Force, Government of India (NDRF)
National Safety Council, India
Smart Cities Mission

Government Procurement Opportunities
Central Public Procurement Portal, Government of India
Tenders- Ministry of Home Affairs Government of India

Industry Journals
Industrial Safety Review   
Safe Secure Magazine
Security Link India
Security Today

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