This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.
Last Published: 10/10/2018


Units: $ millions





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Data Sources: Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Global Trade Atlas

India’s extraordinary population growth, rapid urbanization, economic prosperity is driving the need for robust safety and security measures particularly in the critical national infrastructure sectors. Today, due to the increased threat perception it is imperative to mitigate the risks to vital infrastructure such as communication networks, defense establishments, government research facilities, emergency and disaster management systems, healthcare facilities, ports, oil refineries, power plants and mass transportation. The Government of India has indicated it plans to secure critical infrastructure which may act as the major driver for the growth for the safety and security industry.

The safety and security industry in India has been experiencing a steady growth with an estimated annual growth rate of 10-12 percent. The sector continues to present a good outlook amidst the backdrop of rising concerns due to unprecedented terrorism incidents, increasing criminal activity, natural disasters, trafficking in drugs and weapons. The security industry in India can be broadly classified into: cyber security, electronic security, fire-safety protection & detection, private security, personal protective apparel and equipment. The industry consists of local manufacturers, system integrators, distributors and consultants and service providers. The industry is currently fragmented and mainly dominated by the unorganized sector. Due to increased awareness of quality and reliability, customers may be willing to invest more money to procure innovative and technologically advanced products which may lead to export opportunities for U.S. manufacturers, suppliers and solutions providers.

The Indian Government has initiated many essential infrastructure projects including 100 new airports, six mega ports and the development of 100 smart cities across the country. The rapid growth in hospitality, commercial and residential structures, railways, and roadways, coupled with the influx of multinational companies, has been the primary factor driving demand in the security industry and is expected to continue in the medium to long-term.

End users: 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 the surveillance and systems equipment. With the introduction of the smart cities initiative by the government, India is witnessing rapid urbanization and its cities are poised to become big consumers of safety and security products. Further, secondary cities are expected to adopt electronic security systems in the medium to long-term. India is home to popular international and domestic companies 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, are major drivers of growth. This would present an array of business opportunities for U.S. companies.

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


The Government of India’s major initiatives to develop airports, railways, smart cities, roadways, ports, modernize the law enforcement agencies and mitigate disasters in the country will present a range of opportunities for U.S. companies in the following segments.

Airport Security: India is currently developing and expanding airports to handle the surge in air traffic passengers which will lead to growth in the safety, screening and surveillance market.

Homeland Security & Policing: The Indian Government is working toward the modernization of the police force in the next two years to improve internal security and provide modern weapons.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV): Indian Railways is considering to deploy UAV’s to monitor rail tracks in order to improve its safety. There is a scope to expand the use of drones for crowd management, inspection, compliance, collision avoidance rescue and relief operations, which is an area of special focus for the government.

Fire & Rescue: With the implementation of smart cities across the country there will be huge demand for public safety, surveillance and fire safety products and services.

Trade Shows and other Industry Events

Occupational Safety and Health – OSH India
November 29 – 30, 2018
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 2018
December 5-7, 2018
Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India

IFSEC India is South Asia's largest security, civil protection and fire safety exhibition, displaying the most cutting-edge commercial, homeland security and fire safety technologies, products, solutions and services, with onsite product launches from major industry suppliers.
Fire & Security India Expo (FSIE) 2019
February 28 – March 2, 2019
Bombay Exhibition Center, Mumbai, India

Fire & Security India 2019, the third editon of the trade expo provides a platform to the organizational 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, solutons and products for the fire safety and security industry.

Secutech India
April 25-27, 2019
Mumbai Exhibition Center, Mumbai

Secutech India in its eighth edition is one of the leading security exhibitions with large participation from global and domestic companies. The trade shows key focus areas like integrated building management system, smart cities, smart homes, internet of things, cyber security and homeland security.

Defexpo 2020
Date: TBD
Location: TBD

The eleventh edition of Defexpo provides opportunities to gather ground level intelligence and insight in the homeland security sector.

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 Academy of Fire and Safety Engineering (NAFS)

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 Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

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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