As the drive to build smart and secure cities gains momentum, the role of IT, especially security & surveillance technologies, in ensuring safety has increased multifold.

When Modi government announced the idea of creating 100 smart Indian cities, it created waves in the security & surveillance market as security integration it is going to be the major driver of the success of the Smart Cities project. For any city to emerge as a smart city, it has to be safe to start with. Safety and security systems are extremely critical in achieving the key objective of making the cities smart and safer for all inhabitants and stakeholders.

Smart cities are the center for economic growth, however, it also attracts wrongdoers, ranging from petty criminals to deadly terrorists. Therefore, it is imperative for a city to be equipped with monitoring mechanisms and security & surveillance systems. In addition, we will also notice that the application and importance of video surveillance will move from just security to monitoring, tracking, crime-prevention, disaster-prevention, among many others.

Video surveillance can be used to monitor traffic, and, over the long term, lower cases of people breaking the law. Today’s CCTV cameras are smart. The moment they find someone breaking a red light, for instance, today’s camera can automatically zoom in, take a picture, and send it to the concerned authority, which can, in turn, use it as proof.

The data accumulated through security & surveillance can be used for numerous purposes through video analytics. The surveillance system operates round the clock and waits for an impulse to start recording or sending an alarm to the operator. Also, these systems can consolidate information with other applications, creating new benefits and thereby opening up new business possibilities.

The Government has made it mandatory to install security & surveillance cameras in educational institutions, places of historical importance, pubs and malls, transport and transport hubs, including railway stations, bus stands, airports, hospitals, and restaurants. This is a positive step, especially as we witness rising crime rate, security breaches, and terrorist attacks.

The government also realizes the requirement for high-quality video footage as clarity and ease of identification will be of the utmost importance. Real-time data analysis will be paramount for providing timely insights in order to improve decision making and response time. Video analytics will also help in identifying activity hot spots, especially during events like Independence Day or New Year’s Eve, when city planners can anticipate the crowd and respond faster to make real-time changes to ground operations.

A smart city with connected solutions which is able to listen and understand what is happening in the city and also make better decisions is what everyone is looking for. This can only be achieved with the use of advanced security & surveillance technologies and analytical techniques in real time which allows one to create a kind of awareness and understanding about the city which undoubtedly improves the services being provided.

Now when we are heading towards smart cities and integration of various security applications, the role of security & surveillance companies becomes more critical. It has opened many doors for security vendors to explore new business prospects.

According to 6Wresearch, India’s video surveillance analytics market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 35 percent during 2017 to 2023.

The security surveillance companies are heavily engaged with the government to tap enormous business opportunities coming up with the connected world concept. They need to work together to achieve a common goal of enabling smarter and safer cities at a faster pace.

Naesys has been instrumental in crafting customized and diversified solutions like City Surveillance Systems and Command & Control Centers to improve city monitoring.