Security solutions entrepreneur safeguarding Kashmir homes

“We are planning to involve civil society, police and media so that general awareness is created. We want a common person to know that with help of a VDC he can monitor arrival of a person at the main gate on a 7-12 inch TFT screen,” Lanker says.

SAQIB MALIK
Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 23 2017 11:07PM | Updated Date: Oct 23 2017 11:07PM
Security solutions entrepreneur safeguarding Kashmir homes

Three years back when Danish Bashir Lanker made a homecoming after working at multi-national firm Bosch in Germany as its regional head, he didn’t expect that demand for home security solutions would witness a massive demand in Kashmir one day. Nowadays the phone just does not stop ringing for Lanker, as the braid chopping scare has lead to an increased demand for security solutions. 

In 2015 when Lanker set-up his Chinar Security Systems, he had almost 13 years of prior experience in security systems, especially low voltage systems in which Lankar’s company has now carved a niche for itself. “I received a great deal of experience being the regional head for Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe for Bosch but had a zest for starting a venture in Kashmir. Low voltage systems are those that run on low voltage and we are the only registered low voltage company in J&K,” says Lanker who is the managing director of Chinar Security Systems. 

What started with installation of just a few CCTV cameras is today a full-fledged company offering CCTV Surveillance System, Fire Alarm System, Fire Fighting System, Public Address Systems and video conferencing. “We offer almost one dozen solutions and have a dedicated team of 35 employees. It all started with just a small team of seven members but today we have grown to a great extent,” says Lanker.   

According to Lanker, Chinar Security Systems specialises in putting technologies on a platform in form of converting products into solutions. Lanker is proud of the fact that his company is the official channel partner for Bosch. 

“In present times, technology enables connecting several devices and putting them one platform. Even a common man today is interested in automation, whether it is door automation systems at his home or turnkey execution of complex Technology Systems Integration, Security & ELVS (Electrical Low Voltage Systems) packages for any large facility development and modernization projects,” says Lanker. 

At a time when need for CCTV cameras is being felt more than before in Kashmir, Danish Lanker says he is all set to hold a social awareness programme next week at the Joggers Park, Raj Bagh as a part of which common people will be informed about usage and functioning of security solutions such as CCTV cameras and Video Door Cameras (VDC). Lanker says he has already installed 45 CCTV cameras ever since the braid chopping scare started one month back. 

“We are planning to involve civil society, police and media so that general awareness is created. We want a common person to know that with help of a VDC he can monitor arrival of a person at the main gate on a 7-12 inch TFT screen,” Lanker says. 

According to Lanker CCTV cameras, which are witnessing a huge demand at present cost anywhere between Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 for the surveillance systems, which are apt for installation at homes. “There is facility of a storage device on which video footage from one month upto two years can be stored depending on the capacity of the device,” Lanker said. 

All the CCTV cameras are high definition and offer the feature of remote viewing that offers a person to monitor activity captured by the camera even while away from the location where the camera is erected. “With help of a mobile app one can access the footage captured by a CCTV on a mobile device or a tab. Some of the leading players in security systems with whom we are associated includes Hikvision, Honeywell and Bosch,” said Lanker. 

The only regret during his entrepreneurial journey in Kashmir Lanker has is that government instead of handholding the local businesses, discourages them. The criteria such as yearly turnover worth several crores of rupees and company experience equivalent to that of outside companies is being set by different government departments before allocating vital projects, which leaves no room for the local players.  

“There are several examples such as setting up of CCTVs and conferencing systems for which such criteria are being set. How can a local startup compete with outside companies when such tough criteria is being set,” Lanker said.  

According to Lanker even Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) who are channel partners for local technology companies are in disbelief on the step-motherly treatment meted out to these local firms by various government departments. 

Lanker said despite his meetings with former chief minister Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and present Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti there have been several hurdles for his company in order to participate in bids for key projects. "We have to literally go and plead infront of outside companies to bid for state level projects for ensuring that there is a supporting bidder. Why are local companies being made to run from pillar to post?" he said.

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