Prama Hikvision India Leads “Make-in-India” Initiative, Elevating Security Landscape


Prama Hikvision India, under the stewardship of MD & CEO Mr. Ashish P. Dhakan, demonstrates unwavering commitment to India’s “Make-in-India” vision, revolutionizing the security industry. Through local manufacturing, skill development initiatives, and technological innovations, they propel growth while empowering local communities.

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TimesTech: How does Hikvision India contribute to the growth of the Indian security industry and the “Make-in-India” initiative?

Mr. Ashish: Hikvision India is committed to the ‘Make-in-India’ vision with a long term perspective. Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Vasai is a living testimony of a phenomenal progress that is happening in the Indian video security products and solutions segment. These solutions are customized for Indian environment and conditions and specific local requirements. Our mission is to be aligned with the government of India’s ‘Make-in-India’ program to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub. Through the local state-of-the-art manufacturing plant, Hikvision India is manufacturing its wide range of products and solutions as per our long-term commitment to ‘Make-in-India’ vision. We are setting a gold standard for security product manufacturing in India, while continuously upgrading technology, expanding capabilities and creating new benchmarks.

All the pioneering initiatives taken by the government and MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) related to security industry, namely ‘Make-in –India’, Smart City Mission, Safe Cities, Digital India and Skill India, has helped immensely. The major investment in setting up the manufacturing facilities in India under the ‘Make-in-India’ initiative by the key security industry stakeholders has helped to grow the Indian security industry. Hikvision India has contributed immensely to the growth of the Indian security industry since its inception as a joint venture partner. It has developed a Pan-India channel network, branches and 37 RMA service support centers. It has created a robust foundation for the future growth. The development of Hikvision India manufacturing facility was a huge backward integration initiative with a great vision and foresight.

TimesTech: What tangible outcomes have resulted from the company’s commitment to local manufacturing and empowering local youth near Mumbai?                                                                                                                            

Mr. Ashish: To fulfill the growing demand of skilled workforce in the security product manufacturing sector, various initiatives are taken by the company to train the young workforce. Hikvision India manufacturing facility near Mumbai, has contributed significantly to the objective empowering the local youth by providing training and employing them. The Hikvision India facility has played a pivotal role in development of ancillary industry ecosystem in the area. The social impact, positive change and economic empowerment in the region are the key achievements.

TimesTech: Can you share key technological innovations introduced under your leadership and their relevance to the Indian security landscape?

Mr. Ashish: We had the foresight to realize the ‘Make-in-India’ vision. We were inspired by the ‘Make-in-India’ vision, it became our mission, which has transformed the company into a premier security product manufacturing behemoth in India, while keeping the market leadership intact. This transformation has contributed significant growth and skill development in the Indian Electronic Security Market.  The implementation of ‘Make-in-India’ roadmap in the security product manufacturing sector is a benchmark set by Hikvision India, it has helped the security industry to grow further. This vision was realized due to the immense contribution and dedication of Team Hikvision India. We further expanded the Indian security market by offering innovative vertical solutions and wide range of quality products in Video Security, Access Control, Perimeter Security, Intrusion Alarm, Inspection and Storage segments. We provided the latest video security product offerings with AIoT technology enabled applications. We had further introduced Machine Vision Products and Mobile Robots for various applications in the Pharma, Manufacturing, Logistics and E-Commerce sectors.

We kept the focus on innovation in products, technologies and solutions through the relentless pursuit of R&D. Our initiatives helped Hikvision India in fulfilling localization requirements. This further helped in developing innovative video security solutions with AIoT applications. Our initiatives added value and contributed significantly to growth.

TimesTech: How has the training center impacted skill development, and how does ongoing training support stay ahead in the dynamic security technology landscape?

Mr. Ashish: Hikvision India is imparting knowledge about skill development and training to the local youth through various programs. With an aim to provide impetus for the Skill India Mission, Hikvision India has partnered with the National Skill Development Corporation(NSDC) to offer security technology training programs for Indian youth. This initiative is helping in promoting security sector specific skills and ecosystem development, which will further prepare India’s technical workforce for getting jobs or setting up their own business enterprises. These Skilling and Training initiatives are driving the electronic security product manufacturing to a new phase of growth. We are consistently contributing to the cause of job creation and employment generation through the manufacturing and allied activities across India.

TimesTech: What challenges and successes were faced in establishing the manufacturing plant, and how does it enhance the company’s competitiveness?

Mr. Ashish: The Indian security systems market boasts of being the fastest growing market in the world, but the market buzz is often blunted by the disruption due to various factors. The biggest challenge faced by the security systems market in India is its unorganized structure, which is impeding the growth and expansion. The lack of security industry standards and compliance is another issue, which is a major factor for stunted growth. The skilled and trained workforce continues to be another challenge for the security industry.  The lack of overall awareness about the security products, technologies and solutions continues to be a major problem for the security industry, this needs to be addressed in a timely manner.

TimesTech: Under your leadership, what breakthroughs and milestones have positioned Prama Hikvision as a leading security business, and what are the plans for sustaining and building on this success?

Mr. Ashish: We are working on the elaborate future plan to expand the partner network across India in Tier-II and Tier-III towns to live up to the growing demand in the market. The expansion plans are underway for the ‘Make-in-India’ manufacturing facility. There is more investment and team expansion happening in the R&D Center. We are also expanding our RMA centers to strengthen the service support. 

There is a renewed focus on skilling and training program to impart the latest product and technology updates to ecosystem partners and security professionals across India. Hikvision India is regularly conducting skilling and training programs across India, these initiatives are driving the electronic security product manufacturing to a new phase of growth. We are consistently contributing to the cause of job creation and employment generation through the manufacturing and allied activities across India.