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SecLi 2009 - 2010

SecLi - Growth areas and opportunities of the security and safety business: future clusters in Finland

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 them?

  • 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 development.

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 organisational meetings.