India - Country Commercial Guide
Safety and Security

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2020-08-25


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Exchange rates

$ = ₹65

$ = ₹67

$ = ₹69

$ = ₹75

*Data for FY 2020 is for 10 months.

(total market size = (total local production + imports) - exports)

Data Sources:  Ministry of Commerce, Government of India

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

Population growth, rapid urbanization, expansion of industries, vast infrastructure and mass transportation systems are driving expectations for greater safety and security measures, particularly in critical national infrastructure projects.  Key sub-sectors include communication networks, border security, 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, road safety, private security and industrial security, and personal protective apparel and equipment.  The industry is highly fragmented and consists of local manufacturers, system integrators and sub-contractors, regulatory and certification agencies, distributors, consultants, and service providers.

The market is price sensitive and due to increased awareness of quality, reliability, and timely after-sales service; 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 in India has initiated many vital infrastructure projects including new airports, mega ports, highway projects, 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, mass-transportation, government enterprises, law enforcement and intelligence agencies, military, emergency and disaster management agencies, private security agencies, commercial and non-commercial enterprises.

Leading Sub-Sectors

Electronic Security

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 Hikvision, Zicom Electronic and Aditya Infotech.  The government’s plan to modernize existing airports, ports, railways, industrial zones, law enforcement agencies and emphasize the use of digital, smart communication, surveillance and detection technologies are major drivers of growth.

Important sub-sector solutions include access control systems, video surveillance, display walls, scanning and screening systems, transport management 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 passenger 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 spoke of India needing 150 to 200 additional airports by 2035.

Homeland Security & Policing:

Security and border protection are always a very high priority for the Government of India.  Federal and various state governments are working towards the modernization and upgrading of the police force to improve internal security and equip law enforcement agencies with modern equipment.  India may bid to host large sporting events in the future making this a potential growth segment. 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV): 

In December 2018, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced India’s Drone Policy for operating drones in the country.  Subsequently, DGCA effected policy revisions in 2019-20 for achieving optimum utilization of drones by permitting to operate beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).  The revised policy is geared to increase the commercial potential of drones especially with respect to delivering goods and medical supplies.

Drones can provide immense opportunities in various aspects of safety and security in aerial surveillance, disaster relief, tracking and mapping wildfires, inspection, and compliance. 

A permit is required for commercial drone operations except for micro category flown below 200 feet and nano category flown below 50 feet.  All drones except nano category requires DGCA registration with unique identification number.

Fire Safety:

For the past few years, there has been a steep increase in urban and forest fires. High rise buildings and congested areas due to rapid urbanization, are posing a major challenge for fire-fighting personnel.  To minimize fire hazards, the government is focused on developing smart cities across the country, increasing demand for advanced and innovative fire safety products and solutions. 

Trade Shows and other Industry Events

International Fire & Security Exhibition and Conference - IFSEC India 2020, December 3 -5, 2020, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India

IFSEC India is South Asia’s largest security, civil protection, and fire safety exhibition.  IFSEC 2020, the 14th 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. 

Fire & Security India Expo (FSIE), February (TBD), 2021, Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, India

The 5th edition of the Fire & Security India 2021 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. 

Traffic Infra Tech Expo,  May 5-7, 2021, Pragathi Maidan, New Delhi, India

The 9th edition of the Traffic Infra Tech Expo attracts over 150 national and international exhibitors exhibiting traffic/transport related technology products in intelligent transport systems, tolling, telematics, capacity building, safety and security.  The show is an ideal platform to explore the Indian market to learn about the business opportunities in the growing road infrastructure projects, find business representatives and joint-venture partners. 

To learn more about opportunities in this sector, contact U.S. Commercial Service Industry Specialist: Mala Venkat


Asian 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, GOI

National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC)

National Cyber Safety and Security Standards (NCSSS)

National Disaster Management Authority, (NDMA) GOI

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), GOI

National Safety Council India (NSCI)

Smart Cities Mission

Government Procurement Opportunities

Central Public Procurement Portal (CPPP) GOI

World Bank - Projects in India

Tenders- Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India,

Tenders – Special Protection Group (SPG), GOI

Industry Journal

Industrial Safety Review     

Safe Secure Magazine

Security Link India

Security Today