Today, technology affects every aspect of our life. It has changed the way we work at our workplace – having replaced the older hard-bound files with documents residing in our laptops. In fact, technology is no longer restricted to the workplace these days; it has permeated to our personal lives as well.
For dwellers in a city, use of technology has implications on citizen security, intelligent transport systems, utilities management and resource recycling. Many cities in India already have a network of CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras monitoring spurious activities at major places like airports, railway stations & shopping malls.
Apart from such technology interventions in public places, our homes are also increasingly becoming tech-dependent for ensuring security of their residents. According to a Frost & Sullivan study in 2008, the electronic security market in India is around INR 1,000 Crores and expected to grow at 40% over the next 3 years. Gadgets like video door phones & burglar alarm systems are finding their way to Indian homes to aid in either prevention or early detection of intrusion. As markets mature, India would see more sophisticated gadgets that can transmit information in the event of a burglary or a fire breakdown and initiate appropriate response in the form of contacting police/ambulance/fire brigade/etc.