To meet the growing demand for innovative fire and security products in India’s important infrastructure, commercial buildings and energy industries, UTC Fire & Security recently announced the opening of a new Hyderabad-based India Innovation & Engineering Center.
The India Innovation & Engineering Center (IIEC), based at Raheja Mind Space, Hyderabad, will be responsible for developing, localizing and integrating fire and security products for customers in India and supporting global product development for the company’s worldwide operations.
The IIEC was officially opened by UTC Fire & Security President William Brown, who attended the event together with local executives and a team of visiting senior executives from UTC Fire & Security’s global operations. Local dignitaries, government officials and key customers also attended the opening of the center.
“This is an extremely important region with tremendous opportunities and we are committed to strengthening and expanding our operations here,” said Brown. “The India Innovation & Engineering Center will develop and support high technology fire and security products including detection and alarm panels, access control and video solutions, and other products for customers in the energy and commercial building segments.”
Brown noted that per capita spending on fire safety protection in India is only 50 cents, compared to $3 in China and $43 in the U.S., and that there is an even greater disparity in the per capita spend on electronic security solutions.
“India’s $1 billion-plus fire safety and security industry is poised for exponential growth and UTC Fire & Security has a broad range of fire and security solutions well-suited to meet the emerging needs of industrial and commercial customers,” said Brown. “Our investment in new technologies positions us well to meet the demands of India’s rapidly expanding infrastructure.”
UTC Fire & Security’s fire products include detection and alarm systems, suppression equipment, firefighting equipment, specialty detection, and residential and commercial fire safety products and solutions. Security products include access control, intrusion, video, and key and lock solutions. UTC Fire & Security also offers fire and security services such as design, installation, testing, inspection and monitoring of fire and security systems.
Recent projects in India include Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Plant, operated by National Thermal Power Corporation; the Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited refinery, which processes 12.5 million tons of crude oil annually; and Anpara B Thermal Power Plant, operated by the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Board.
The India Engineering Center will be operated as part of UTC Fire & Security India Ltd., an Indian legal entity.