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HCL Enters Security Sector

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HCL Security is a new company being planned by HCL Infosystems with a special focus on security.

In the wake of frequent terrorist attacks the company wants to secure the country through technology. The high-security Parliament building in Delhi, holy shrines in Varanasi and Ajmer as well as public places in New Delhi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad have all been targeted in the last few years. Still, nothing moved on ground. What really changed the Indian mindset is the November 26 attack on Mumbai just like the 9/11 attacks overhauled the US perspective on homeland security. Clearly, security is the business of the future.

HCL Infosystems has executed several contracts for the Armed Forces in the last eight years, which includes putting up the high-speed terrestrial communication network for the Indian Air Force complete with 14 bomb-proof data centres. It has installed the service for distress calls (Dial 100) to the police in 23 cities. It has also done security-related projects for airports and telecommunication service providers. So in sync with the recent positive developments Infosystems felt it need to float a new company so that it could give a special focus to it.

Last week, HCL Security completed the second phase of the security network of the famous temple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. All told, seven control rooms have been set up to monitor what goes on in the cash-rich temple. One set of cameras even monitors the barbers who are supposed to shave the heads of devotees free-of-cost so that they don't ask for tips! Another set of cameras ensures that those who count and stock the daily offering don't walk away with any of it.

The company is chasing a few more temples to wire them up fully. This includes the Sai Baba shrine at Shirdi in Maharshtra and the Meenakshi temple at Madurai in Tamil Nadu. It is also in talks to upgrade the security network of a high-profile temple in New Delhi. A full temple project could fetch HCL Security up to INR 5 crore. Even bigger orders for the company are expected to come from ports, airports and railways. It has already installed the surveillance system at the international terminal of the Delhi airport, complete with video analytics software, and lists amongst its customers the brand new airport at Hyderabad. It has also wired up the special economic zone of HCL Technologies in Bangalore.

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