India ramps up security at Parliament House

Following the terrorist bombings in Mumbai that killed more than 250 people in 2008, India has taken steps to increase security for its critical infrastructure. A high-speed, wireless video system was recently installed on the Mumbai metro transit system and the government also announced last month that it has awarded a contract worth more than $5 million to NICE Systems to install its Situator situation management platform at the Parliament House in New Delhi.

"India has undergone some changes due to terrorist activities and its parliament building is a highly sensitive location from the government's point of view," said Nir Hayzler, vice president of marketing for NICE.

With some existing security infrastructure in place such as access control, fire safety and surveillance, security at the Parliament House needed a solution that could tie these systems together into one easy-to-manage platform. NICE was selected among several competing vendors by the government and will be implementing a comprehensive security solution at the building with the help of systems integrator Bharat Electronics Limited.

Situator, along with NICE Inform, the company's analytic solution, provides authorities at the parliament building with a real-time security element, according to Hayzler.

"With Situator, we can provide a common operational picture, a unified view... which tells (security) what is happening and what needs to be done," he said. "This project highlights our ability to provide a complete integrated solution with a multitude of technologies from NICE - situation management, video and NICE Inform. At the same time it is a top priority for us to highlight the fact that the NICE Situator is an OPEN platform, vendor agnostic solution that works with any vendor - even NICE competitors."

Hayzler added that with this and similar deployments, more people are beginning to see the benefits security management solutions.

"I think this is the first step in the evolution of situation management," he said. "I think it shows us there is a demand for a multi-layered, unified approach in which you can provide, on one hand, an integrated solution that includes a multitude of technologies, but at same time you are able to keep it open."