Drone companies showcase 'smart guard' solutions for Indian borders

NEW DELHI -- India is a potentially huge customer for drones to monitor vital installations, a coastline of more than 7,500km, and over 15,100km of borders with seven countries -- including old foes China and Pakistan.

The country's land borders have mostly been drawn by hand, but run through immensely varied terrain and climatic conditions. The frontier areas have been witness to wars and numerous more minor disturbances over the years. The most recent dispute occurred on the Doklam plateau close to the borders of China, India, and their tiny neighbor Bhutan.

India's lengthy coast presents numerous security challenges, including terrorist infiltration, and the smuggling of arms, contraband, and people.

Given its multiple security concerns, India is seeking cutting-edge surveillance systems, and represents a major emerging market in the segment.

According to market research and consulting company 6Wresearch, India's video surveillance market -- worth over $950 million in 2016 -- is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 13% from 2017 to 2023. The country's unmanned aerial vehicle market, 6Wresearch said in another report, is expected to grow at 18% over the same period.

Media Source: Asia.Nikkei.com