IFSEC India: An invaluable congregation of policy makers, regulators and key decisions makers

Global interest, analysis of industry best practices and technological breakthroughs to mark the 11th edition of IFSEC India; South Asia’s largest Security event by UBM India

New Delhi, 30 November, 2017: The International Fire & Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) India Expo, South Asia’s largest security, civil protection and fire safety show by UBM India, is gearing up for its 11th edition which is slated for December 6th – 8th at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Supported by Asian Professional Security Association(APSA), American Society for Industrial Security(ASIS) , Electronic Security Association of India(ESAI) , Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) and Overseas Security Advisory Council(OSAC), along with Assocham as Strategic Partner and PwC as knowledge Partner, the show brings together internationally renowned exhibitors, consultants, business experts and key government officials under one common platform.

The South Asia region, which the IFSEC India Expo brings within its radar, is an especially vulnerable as well as progressive zone when it comes to security and surveillance in a three pronged manner.

1) Safety issues in a terror prone region: The constantly evolving cities in this geographical region face higher criminal activities, war and terrorism threats that are a source of critical concern for citizens in terms of disaster preparedness and prevention.
2) Crowding up of cities: A United Nations study revealed that about 66% of the global population will be living in cities by 2050, up from 53% today. Ninety percent of that increase will be accounted for by Africa and Asia, with the latter’s urban population set to reach 2.7bn. As cities absorb thousands of new arrivals every year, Asian governments are increasingly turning to technology to cope with the strain – more specifically, ‘smart’ technology.
3) The need for data security and privacy in the South Asian IT hub: The South Asian region, and India specifically, is rightly perceived as an IT hub with ambitious digital programmes, that while having tangible benefits, often struggle with issues like networks resiliency, privacy and data security. An IDC study projects that the threat of some form of major breach over IoT networks in the coming two years at no less than 90%.

Significantly, in an industry where upgradation of technology is the very key to surviving competition, the IFSEC India Expo provides high-impact, informative demos and a wealth of opportunities for the visitors to network and learn about cutting-edge technologies, industry best practices and trends, challenges, market insights and discover the best solutions to keep their business and clients secured.

IFSEC India will include in its already formidable repertoire, products and technologies pertaining to biometrics, transport, access control, in addition to surveillance for the knowledge of end users and providers by global brands & distributors such as Aditya Infotech, Dahua, eSSL, Globus Infocom, Hanwha Techwin, Hikvision, Mark Electronics, Realtime,Roadpoint, Secureye,Techsmart, Tenda, TVT, Uniview,& Zkteco as Premier Plus partners. Premier partners include — Advik, Axestrack, Biomax, Delta, Dlink,Face ID, Hifocus, Idemia, Mantra Softech, Orbit, Panasonic, Seagate, Slingshot, Tansa, Timewatch,Unique Electrovision and Western Digital amongst others. The expo will see participation of over 300 brands from 20+ countries such as UK, USA, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Lithuania, South Africa, Russia and Turkey to name a few from the security and fire domain.

Speaking on the announcement of the 11th edition of IFSEC, Mr Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “As per estimates, about 25–30 people are migrating every minute to major Indian cities from rural areas in search of better livelihood and better lifestyles. With this momentum, about 843 million people are expected to live in urban areas by 2050. To accommodate this massive urbanization, India needs to find smarter ways to manage complexities, reduce expenses, increase efficiency and improve the quality of life. Consequently, Public safety has emerged as an important function for governments across the world. With challenges such as criminal activities and terrorism, cities are expected to manage and control the change to allow their communities to have a standard of living that meets modern-day expectations and induce a feeling of safety among the citizens. In the age of smart technology and to match the pace of smart cities, the need for smart security is of utmost significance..”

“The growing awareness in the retail and enterprise segment too is giving security solutions a cult status. Under these circumstances, IFSEC India will act as catalysts for the progress and vision of the industry, as we provide a platform for industry players to collectively ideate, innovate, and spot trends like the shift in India’s security paradigm from a preventive approach to a monitoring and response strategy.” he further added.

With the increasing focus on Homeland security in India, IFSEC India, 2017 has decided to proactively decipher relevant insights gained in the global security market by conducting a one day conference with the theme ‘Secure Nation and Safer Environment’ alongside the exhibition. The expo is supported by Assocham & PWC as ‘Strategic’ and ‘Knowledge Partners’, respectively. The conference will witness eminent personalities delivering special address and key note, to name a few — Shri G K Pillai –Member of the National Security Advisory Board, Ministry of Home Affairs and Shri Nagendra Nath Sinha, Managing Director, National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation. Some interesting topics that will be discussed at the conference are — Smart Border Management – Comprehensive Strategies for Challenges and Threats to Land Borders, Coastal & Maritime Security Challenges.

This year, IFSEC India is all set to bring back the 2nd edition of IFSEC India Awards. The Electronic Security Industry in India is proliferating and the awards are crafted to specially get the minds behind electronic security in various industry verticals like BFSI, Retail, Manufacturing, Energy, Healthcare, PSUs, IT & ITES and Infrastructure in the limelight. The awards will recognise the excellence and innovations of CSOs & Security officers who continuously work behind the scenes to ensure robust security. The process advisors for the IFSEC India Awards will be Ernst and Young.

IFSEC India owes its rich legacy to the 40-year-old IFSEC Global and success to the way the Indian edition has modified itself to suit the specific needs of this region. Recommended by industry experts as the pre-eminent authority on the global security and fire industry, the expo has has nudged us on the path to a completely secure, smart and digitally enhanced world.

ISON Group wins ASSOCHAM India-Africa Champion in Biz Award 2015

Just a week before the India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS-III), the award underpins ISON Group’s contribution in leveraging India’s proven process IP to develop Sub-Saharan Africa and generate thousands of jobs

Africa-based ISON Group has been selected as the winner of the “Distinguished Achievement in IT & ITES” category in the ASSOCHAM India-Africa Champion in Biz Awards 2015. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, ISON Group has presence across 25 countries in Africa making it the leading IT & ITeS player in the continent. ISON Group has over 10,000 employees in Africa, India, the Middle East and the ASEAN region. It has 8000 employees in Africa where its workforce comprises 99% African nationals.

India’s Minister for Railways Hon’ble Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu gave the award to Mr. Ramesh Awtaney, Founder and Chairman of ISON Group, who is also known for pioneering the path-breaking revenue-share IT outsourcing deal between IBM and Bharti Airtel that became an industry benchmark and a Harvard case study. The award was presented to the ISON Group in presence of ASSOCHAM President Mr. Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES BANK; H.E. Ms. Gennet Zewide, Dean of African Missions in India and Ambassador-Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Mr. Ambuj Chaturvedi, Chairman, India-Africa Business Promotion Council, ASSOCHAM; Mr. G.P. Srivastava, Director General, AICADR; and other dignitaries.

Says Mr. Ramesh Awtaney, Founder and Chairman, ISON Group, “It is an honor to be receiving this coveted award just days before the historic India Africa Forum Summit. India and Africa have so much in common and so much to learn from each other. We draw inspiration from India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for a Digital India and his focus on skill development. ISON Group is working towards enabling a similar vision of a Digital Africa. We have invested in developing local systems and empowering local talent through skill development centres. By importing our proven best practices from matured markets like India, we have successfully reversed the exploitative trend of “taking work to IP” that was prevalent in African industry. Instead, ISON Group has proven that it is possible to take “IP to work” to help Africa generate large scale employment and revenues. We are establishing Sub-Saharan Africa as a strong contender in the offshoring sector.”

ISON Group comprises of three companies. ISON BPO has emerged as the largest independent BPO service provider in Africa that serves 200 million customers providing analytics, customer experience management, voice process solutions and CRM process solutions. ISON Technologies offers end-to-end IT services including systems integration, application management, cloud, analytics and managed services, and is a leading pan-African partner for major companies such as AVAYA, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, Juniper and Riverbed. ISON Group has recently also launched ISON Innovation and Investments (I3), an incubator that aims to promote innovative digital businesses in Africa by providing a platform to start-ups and entrepreneurs.

By setting up state-of-the-art facilities in Category B cities such as Ilorin, Abeokuta, Ibadan and Kano in Nigeria, and in other countries like Liberia, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Chad, Niger etc., ISON Group is helping develop an ecosystem to help raise the standards of living. It’s IT and ITeS offerings have enabled African telecom providers register a huge growth in customer penetration by drastically cutting down waiting time on customer care calls. Besides reducing customer service costs by 50%, ISON is helping telcos achieve service levels that surpass Africa’s conventional industry norms by far, thereby making ‘customer experience’ a competitive edge in the African telecom industry. Some of ISON’s marquee clients include Airtel, MTN, Viettel, Tigo (Millicom), Nakumatt, AIICO, AON, fastjet, DS TV (Multi-choice), Chase Bank Kenya, Union Bank Nigeria, Ibadan Power and Wari.

In less than 5 years of operation, ISON has won several accolades including Gartner Cool Vendor 2015, EBA 50 Best Global Employer Brand 2015, EBA Africa Best Employer Brand 2014, CIO 100, Best Business Award for Customer Focus, and Best Technology Vendor Supplier Award for Zimbabwe. ISON was also a finalist in the Total Telecom Africa Awards 2015, as well as the coveted African Business Awards 2015 in CSR & Africa Business of the Year categories spanning all industries.

Assocham: Social networks impacting Indian workers too

Assocham: Social networks impacting Indian workers too

Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry has stated that social networks are hindering work in offices in India.

The report said that company workers spending time online on social networks during office hours is leading to a loss in productivity of nearly 12.5%.

These findings were based on responses from nearly 4,000 corporate employees.

Assocham said: “Close to 12.5% of productivity of human resource in corporate sector is misappropriated each day since a vast majority of them while away their time accessing social networking sites during the office hours.”

Orkut and Facebook are two of the most popular social networks in corporate houses as per the report.

The saddest finding was that around 83% of the respondents thought it was ok for them to surf on social networks during office hours.

India’s 3G and WiMax guidelines to be announced next month

India’s 3G and WiMax guidelines to be announced next month

A Raja, Minister for Communications & IT had announced that the government would be coming out with their guidelines for 3G and WiMax next month.

They are aiming to launch these services in the Indian market by the end of the current year or early next year.

Raja was speaking at the Global Telecom Summit organized by Assocham.

He added that foreign players in this industry would be allowed to participate in the spectrum auction.

Raja added: “If there is common auction or open auction, there will be no bar. Up to 74% FDI is allowed in Indian telecoms firm, and these partnerships can also start 3G service. Either way foreign players will be allowed.”