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NZ Security System Protects Indian Parliament

media release
2 July 2003

New Zealand Security System Protects Indian Parliament from Intruders

New Zealand technology has been chosen for a new high security system designed to protect India’s Houses of Parliament in New Delhi from terrorist attacks.

A Parliamentary Committee on Security, established after the December 2001 attack on India’s Parliament, in which nine policemen and parliamentary staff were killed, has selected Ibex Gallagher to design and install a state-of-the-art perimeter protection system for the Government centre.

Ibex Gallagher are a longstanding joint venture distributor with the Gallagher Group of New Zealand. The Gallagher Group has worked to become the world leader in Security Power Fence™ technology. In business partnership, these companies are installing Gallagher’s Power Fence perimeter protection system around the main Parliament House and the adjacent ‘Lok Sabha’ buildings, where MPs offices are located.

The system being installed in New Delhi, which is due for completion in August, sends active pulses around the fence every 1.2 seconds and is divided into 30 zones, each of which is individually monitored.

Would-be intruders who come in contact with the electrified security system receive a short, painful but safe shock. If the system is attacked or tampered with an alarm is activated and the affected site is pictured on a central control computer, which is monitored around the clock.

New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner in New Delhi Peter Hobbs says the security project is prestigious and will attract a lot of attention, giving a significant boost to New Zealand’s reputation as a supplier of leading-edge technology.

“In a politically sensitive country like India, which has terrorism risks, security is a very high profile issue. That, combined with the fact that international technology is very keenly sought after in India, makes this project a particularly important one in terms of establishing New Zealand’s credentials.”

Peter Hobbs says the project clearly demonstrates the opportunities New Zealand companies have to capitalise on its ability to produce innovative ideas and smart design.

“While the installation of the security system is being done by employees of Ibex Gallagher in Bangalore, New Zealand intellectual property is the foundation. This project will enhance New Zealand’s reputation and create many more opportunities for New Zealand companies in India.”

Gallagher Security Power Fence™ technology is already being used at a range of high security sites around the world including military bases in Europe, prisons in Australia and the United States, a diamond mine in Africa and global power and telecommunication centres.

Rick Spencer, Gallagher Security Business Development Manager for Asia, says the company worked hard to win the contract.

“Gallagher provided extensive product information and training on the latest Trophy 48 Power Fence™ technology to Ibex,” Rick Spencer said. “Ibex then undertook demonstrations and held a series of in-depth discussions. The Parliamentary Committee on Security visited several countries to view the latest security measures adopted for similarly sensitive establishments and evaluated a wide range of technologies before choosing Gallagher.

“Our system has proven time and again to be reliable and effective even on troublesome sites where traditional perimeter security, combined with resident manned guards, wasn’t doing the job.”

He says electric security fencing is rapidly gaining popularity with India’s large and growing industrial sector and the company sees immense possibilities for the use of Power Fence by the defence and border security forces, airport and port authorities, energy establishments and other nationally sensitive industries.

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise plans to host an official function in New Delhi to mark the completion of the project and Peter Hobbs says, diplomatic staff from other foreign missions in the city will be high on the guest list.

“Security of diplomatic missions is a big issue in India and we also want to take the opportunity to show other countries the high calibre of technology coming out of New Zealand.”


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