Advanced security systems could have helped nab terrorists

Written by Mona Mehta | Mumbai | Updated: Nov 29 2008, 06:46am hrs
It's time residential apartments, hotels, commercial offices, retailers and educational institutions install new technological security measures to prevent any possible terror attacks in the future, feel security equipment providers.

Diwan Rahul Nanda, chairman and managing director, Tops Security, a security equipment services provider, told FE, "There is a need for every hotel, commercial office, retailer and educational institution to install advanced equipments like explosive vapour detection systems (EVDS), which can help detect chemical, liquid and plastic explosives by the smell of vapour. Currently, many hotels, commercial offices, retailers, educational institutions have installed metal detector systems, which can detect only guns, pen knives and advanced bombs."

According to information available with FE, Delhi-based security equipment services company Group Four provides services to the Oberoi Trident Hotel in Mumbai that came under attack.

On the other hand, Modern Protection is the security equipment service provider to Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai. Tops Security currently provides its services, equipments and resources to Taj properties in Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Experts reckon that had the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai installed advanced devices like EVDS, the hotel would have had been secure and terrorists cold have been nabbed.

"Usually, corporates, hotels, commercial offices, retailers and educational institutions refrain from installing advanced security technological equipments as a cost-cutting measure. It's important that all hotels, apart from investing in security installations, conduct disaster management drills once every three months," said Nanda.

EVDS is currently priced between Rs 4 lakh to Rs 20 lakh.

Nanda also spoke about the need for coastal security. "We would like to plead with the state government to allow Tops Security handle coastal security, provide technological equipments, apart from investments and resources."

He mentioned that in countries like the UK and the US, private security companies are entrusted with the responsibility of jail protection.