Within the SecLi project, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, in
coordination with Aalto University School of Economics, researched the growth
areas and opportunities of the security and safety business and future
clusters in Finland. Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and
Innovation) exploited the findings of the project in directing the Safety and
Security 2007–2013 programme. The Tekes funded SecLi project also studied the
conceptions of the companies and other actors of the security and safety
business field related to the networking and potentiality of the business.
The goal of the research project was to describe the current structure of the
security and safety business in Finland and to propose alternative frameworks
that support the development, growth and globalisation of the business in the
future. The project aimed to improve the knowledge of the structure, volume,
potentiality and opportunities of the business.
The central research questions
what are the development trends and influencing factors that can be seen in
the security and safety business?
what kind of markets are the most potential markets of the security and safety
business, and what kinds of growth and development areas can be derived from
how can the development of the security and safety business (business
potential) best be utilised?
what kinds of commercial collaboration and interactions between different
actors are observed, and how is the business structured?
Tasks and outputs
A literature review, together with specialist and company interviews and
workshop discussions were used as the research methods. The literature review
focused especially on different kinds of market reports, industry surveys,
cluster models and structuring security and safety. Also the turnover
information was utilised. During the project, workshop discussions, where
different actors from the field had the possibility to discuss the structure
and future of the business field and to assess the results and proposed
models, were organised.
The results of the research project provided a description of the most
potential growth areas and opportunities, and outlined the commercial
collaboration between the actors of security and safety business. Moreover,
the factors supporting and hindering commercial collaboration were discussed.
Measures contributing to the development of the potential business areas were
proposed for the near future.
The research pointed out that the security and safety business field requires
more extensive approach. Safety and security can be integrated into different
types of products and services, and therefore clusters or groupings comprised
only of safety and security actors do not have such a business potential than
vertical networks with actors coming from different business fields have. In
the research project potential business fields were recognised and supporting
proposals for action for these business fields were generated.
The SecLi survey identified approximately 450 Finnish businesses that operate
in the security and safety sector. In addition to this, the survey estimated
that the sector currently generates a turnover of approximately 7 billion EUR
for Finnish businesses. The most potential areas for growth are building and
construction related security and safety, logistics and transport, and IT
security. Building new kinds of networks, increasing business know-how and
development of innovativeness and internationalisation, as well as better
consideration of customer needs were found to be important targets for
Communications (publications) of the findings
The findings of the SecLi research project have been and will be published in
various forms: as a report in the VTT and Aalto University School of Economics
publications series, as articles in technical and trade journals, and as
conference proceedings. The findings have also been presented at different