Finland has the expertise and potential to tap into the global
190-billion-dollar security and safety market. A study, commissioned by Tekes,
the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, reveals that Finnish
businesses already have a considerable amount of know-how that could allow
them to grow into worldwide security and safety experts. (Tekes Press Release
"Security and safety are present in many different sectors of society, and the
scope continues to grow. Internationalisation is making the security needs of
businesses more and more complex, while government agencies have to build
preparedness for new kinds of crises, and the ageing of the population is
creating demand for better safety in housing, for example," explains Suvi
Sundquist, Manager of Tekes Safety and Security Programme.
SecLi survey (Growth areas and opportunities of the security and safety
business in Finland), was commissioned by Tekes and conducted by VTT Technical
Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University School of Economics. The
survey mapped out growth areas and opportunities within the security and
safety business in Finland. It estimated that the sector currently generates a
turnover of approximately EUR 7 billion for Finnish businesses.
market reports value the global market at around USD 140-190 billion. The
global market is growing at a staggering speed especially in certain segments.
The SecLi survey identified approximately 450 Finnish businesses that operate
in the security and safety sector and that could benefit from the market's
"Areas in which Finland excels in this
sector include information security, logistics and care services, among
others. Networks, innovative environments and technological know-how are also
important for creating a good foundation for Finnish businesses to grow into
international security and safety experts," Ms Sundquist says.
and safety play critical roles in many business sectors, and organisations are
looking for comprehensive solutions for their needs. This is why service
providers should approach security and safety from a wider perspective and
link their businesses into networks instead of focusing on individual products
and technology. Sectors where security and safety can be incorporated into
existing service provision present the most versatile potential for growth,"
says Eija Kupi, Project Manager of the SecLi survey at VTT Technical Research
Centre of Finland.
"Overall, the security and safety sector
has a lot of potential for new business. However, in order to be able to tap
into that potential, businesses have to be able to identify and really
understand their customers' needs. Increasing business know-how and building
new kinds of networks are vital for turning the Finnish security and safety
business into an export commodity," says Arto Rajala, Research Director at
Aalto University School of Economics.
Finland also invests
heavily in the security and safety sector. Finnish organisations participate
actively in the EU Framework Programmes, for example, and Tekes also has its
own Safety and Security Programme.
The objective of the SecLi
survey was to explore the growth potential of the security and safety sector
and to assess the current structure of security and safety business in
Finland. The survey was based on interviews with security and safety experts,
business statistics, workshops, and numerous international market reports. The
interviewees and workshop participants included representatives from security
and safety businesses and organisations, institutions of higher education,
research institutes, government authorities, and sponsors.
Safety and Security Programme promotes the development of commercial security
and safety solutions for international markets. The programme is divided into
sub-sections focusing on security and safety solutions for the public sector,
the corporate sector, and citizens. The programme is set to run until 2013 and
it has a total budget of EUR 160 million, of which half originates from Tekes.
more information on Tekes Safety and Security Programme, please visit
The findings of the SecLi
survey are available online at