India strengthens security by requiring smart watches, CCTV cameras to meet CRO standards

Technology > Security

Photo by: Maurizio Pesce via Wikimedia Commons


The list of electronic products under India’s scanner has grown longer because as of August this year, 13 identified electronic goods such as smart watches and CCTV cameras were added to Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012. This is a compliance to the country’s objective to eliminate substandard and unsafe electronic goods in India.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) will now require the aforementioned products to meet the standards of Compulsory Registration Order (CRO) before they are allowed to be imported or purchased by the companies in the country.

Other items included in the list are LED flood lights, LED lighting chains, up to 32-inch Plasma/LCD/LED televisions, CCTV recorders, USB driven barcode readers, barcode scanners, iris scanners, and optical fingerprint scanners.

Meity aims to stop low-quality electronic goods and prevent security breaches prompted its decision to tighten its quality standards. Beforehand, the ministry has gotten in touch with 35 smartphone makers and UC Browser to aid them in gathering data about the security of information technology.

Meanwhile, the electronics companies oppose Meity’s decision as they believe that the provision should become central to the safety of the products. The director of Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) Joshua Rosenberg, in an email to Mint,  explained that the provision would only delay trade in the industry.

He clarified that the country already has a limited lab to test the products and waiting for the approval of the items will cause delays in bringing these into the market.

There are already 30 items under the CRO since in 2012, the year it was notified under the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Act, and the order regarding these newly-added products will be in effect starting February 2018.