CII, HCL whitepaper on 'Safe City'

by CXOtoday Staff    May 14, 2010


The Ministry of Home Affairs released a white paper today basis the recommendations from Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in association with HCL Security Ltd. The white paper on ‘Safe City’ framework consists of suggestions and a plan to deal with the security threats in front of the nation today. The white paper suggests several measures to overcome the hurdles not only in the short-run, but also presents a defined roadmap to deal with critical security issues both in the medium and long-run.  

Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General CII stated that the emerging security trends transcend public-private barrier and there is an imperative need to evolve a structured and regular interaction with the stake holders, both in the private and government sector to effectively deal with the challenge. He further suggested that CII that the security of key cities should be taken on a priority. All the megacities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad should have an integrated security system installed at the earliest.

"With this white paper, we intend to focus on the concept of ‘Safe City’ - a concept that integrates technology with the existing security process and local security machinery such as police, to offer a proactive system that aids in prevention, protection, detection, containment of threats, along with reporting and effective response module. ‘Safe City’ framework will also aid in centralised decision making and day-to-day operational activities like traffic management, crowd management, intelligent surveillance." explained Rothin Bhattacharya, CEO, HCL Security Ltd.

The recommendations are in four different phases which would help to implement ‘Safe City’ across the country and increase the safety index. The paper also talks about how Government could work on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model which will involve private parties to participate in building a secure city. This would mean involving technology solution providers, consultants and system integrators work in close partnership with Government to solve security needs of homeland and infrastructure.