While there is still no information on its 4G service rollout plans, a Reliance Industries (RIL) led consortium might win a significant internal security deal worth Rs 1,000 crore, for installing CCTV cameras at all major traffic junctions in Mumbai, since it has emerged as the lowest bidder for the project. Assuming that the consortium does manage to win the deal, this will be the first significant internal security deal given to the private sector. The project was conceived by the Maharashtra government after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack.
What does this deal entail? This deal will allow the consortium to install state-bought 6,000 CCTV cameras in traffic junctions across Mumbai, set up data servers in National Stock Exchange and the Bhabha Atomic Research Center and broadcast real time video footage from the cameras placed in these traffic junctions, to a control room with workstation PCs preloaded with dedicated application software. The government currently uses 400 CCTV cameras for this purpose and intends to integrate the new cameras into the network. RIL added that it will improve its broadband network to match up to the homeland security applications and services.
Who are in this consortium? Apart from RIL, the consortium also includes seven prominent IT service providers including Allied Digital Services, IBM, and Cisco which were chosen from an initial fray of ten IT service providers.
Siemens Deal: In September 2011, RIL through its subsidiary company, Reliance Security Solutions, had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Siemens for homeland security solutions which will leverage its 4G network. Reliance, which is the only private entity to have a pan-India license to run Broadband Wireless Access services following its acquisition of Infotel, had stated its plans to offer networked security services using video and other security applications. It was also eyeing integration with large scale city and highway projects for surveillance and law-enforcement initiatives.
The company had claimed to have an integrated security automation system consisting of over 12,000 cameras apart from other security sensors, radars, and video analytics among others, and had stated that it has been running command and control centres for security of its own infrastructure. Adding to this, Siemens also develops security solutions featuring video surveillance and connected command and control systems.