Security

The security sector is highly acclaimed for its advanced and technical-innovative expertise, the outstanding willingness to innovate, research and development, as well as the performance of the latter in this sector.

Österreich setzt auf Sicherheit

The sectors include electrical-, building-, alarm-, and communications engineers for the production and review of alarm and security systems, information security management, security in the domain of information and communication technology (ICT), mechatronics, safety engineering companies, investigation firms, monitoring and security companies, fire protection firms, access control systems, key and lockout services, video monitoring systems, rescue and hospital staff call systems, emergency systems, security consultants and professional investigators, safety engineers and safety engineering centers, escort business, vault and safe manufacturers, security doors, shutters, and windows manufacturers, sprinkler installation producers, personal security, IT security, computer and DP consulting, E-government, data protection, electronic archives, file and data destruction, systems for offices, archives and computers, anti-burglary protection, work safety manufacturers, occupational physicians, work safety, insurance providers (life-, retirement pension-, and vocational disability insurances), air space security and monitoring, electrician companies, firefighting systems, the maintenance and inspection of the latter, lightning protection installations and systems, fire department, rescue, police, radar devices, radio and interphone systems, navigation devices, road safety, road lighting, attachments, traffic light installations, driving assistance systems in cars, safety belt manufacturers, monitoring technology, video toll systems, breathalyzers, roundabout engineering, distance measuring devices, digital speed limit displays, safety in public transport means (aircrafts, railway, road), traffic psychologists and corrective training, scanning systems, military security, traffic, telecommunications and signaling systems, social security, and many more.

Austria goes for safety

Safety represents one of the most critical needs of humankind (Maslow). The national expenditure for public safety and order accounted for 3 percent in 2009 and 2.9 percent in 2010. The national expenditure for public administration amounted to 13.1 percent in 2009 and 12.9 percent in 2010. In 2009 the expenditure for defense accounted for 1.5 percent of the total national budget and 1.4 percent in 2010. The amount spent for social security in Austria amounted to 41.3 percent in 2009 and 2010 (Statistik Austria). In 2010, the number of electrical-, building-, alarm-, and communications engineers amounted to 36,314 distributed across 3,044 companies, amongst these are 32,886 mechatronics employed with 1.767 companies (WIFO). In Austria, alone, the number of employees in the public administration and defense amounted to a whopping 528,668 in 2010 plus 7,171 recruits (HVSV). The nominal GDP of the public administration amounted to EUR 15.08 billion in 2009 and EUR 15.39 billion in 2010. The expenditure for the traffic signaling and telecommunications amounted to EUR 14.55 billion in 2009 and EUR 14.15 billion in 2010. In 2009 the nominal GDP was at EUR 39.82 billion and EUR 41.18 billion in 2010 (cf. Statistik Austria).

Satisfying export figures

In 2010 Austria generated revenues amounting to EUR 1,801 million with the export of communication systems, EUR 1,033 million with the export of office and DP machines, EUR 1,858 million with measuring, testing- and monitor devices, and EUR 587 million for photographic devices. The top position in the Austrian export is held by Upper Austria as hub for export, industry, and technology (cf. WIFO 2010, www.wifo.at).

Upward trends

Current trends indicate a growing demand for security in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) in Austria. By means of modern and efficient “E-Government”, the sector aims to provide an electronic administration in order to optimize public services and democratic processes. A secured electronic identity and active data protection are the vital elements for the Austrians´ secure access to E-Government, E-Health, E-Justice, E-Learning, and E-Environment (Digital Austria).

Reoutation abroad

The sector is highly acclaimed for the advanced and technical-innovative expertise, the outstanding willingness to innovate, research and development, as well as the performance of the latter in this sector.

Additional sources: www.digitales.oesterreich.gv.at, www.hauptverband.at
Editorial department: Mag. Markus Pellischek-Wilsdorf