Today we celebrate the day when, exactly 50 years ago, Ernst Meili founded Euralarm. Starting with 24 companies from 12 countries and two national associations for fire safety, Euralarm developed into a European association that represents today over 5,000 companies, employing 700,000 people, within the fire safety, security, extinguishing and related services industry with an estimated revenue of € 67 billion.
For almost 50 years Euralarm has been proactively contributing to standardisation processes, providing guidance in the digitalisation of our industry, raising the standards for training and qualifications to address society’s needs for safety and security and partnering with research institutes.
On this special day we’d like to thank all our partners for sharing our passion and for joining us in our journey towards a safer and more secure Europe.
In an increasingly digital global economy, new technologies have a lot of benefits to offer Europe. Tools such as artificial intelligence, 3D printing, drones, and quantum computers can make the industry more efficient, sustainable and successful. European Standards (ENs) are on the forefront to make new technologies trustworthy and safe: they provide European best practices to lead the digital transformation of society and boost innovation, while establishing a level-playing field.
For those who missed the presentation on the Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA) in Brussels this video gives all the answers you might have on OSSA . Vice President Daniel Vornefeld explained the purpose of the Alliance during a keynote speech at Milestone's MIPS event in Dallas, Texas. Click on the image below to start watching Daniel's presentation instantly.
Cybersecurity. Companies tumble around each other for attention when it comes to digital security and protection against cybercrime. Cybersecurity is also a top priority within the European Community. Around this topic, a network of organisations, institutions and companies has been formed that deal with the subject from different angles. Together with CoESS Euralarm published a brochure on the threats and possibilities of cybersecurity. Orgalim is emerging from the industrial business world. We spoke to Orgalim’s Christoph Luykx, Policy Director who is, among other things, responsible for the subject of cybersecurity.
On April 29, 2020, the international conference of VdS experts on fire protection systems will be held in Bucharest. The event is organized by VdS Schadenverhütung GmbH in cooperation with the Romanian Facility Management Association (ROFMA) and is supported by Euralarm member ARTS (Romanian Association for Security Technique).
Throughout history, standardisation has been driving collaboration, productivity and innovation. Standardisation is the backbone of a single European market and allows us to find collective harmony within a society that grows increasingly complex. For almost 50 years Euralarm has been proactively contributing to the standardisation process and thus to a safer and more secure society.
Click on the image below and watch Martin Harvey's invitation.
As stated in the Priorities and Challenges that were presented last year, Euralarm believes that standards for products and services are at the heart of our industry’s success and one of the cornerstones for a successful Single Market. Our members need a fast and flexible standards-setting system because it is the best way to serve the interests of customers, the industry and society. An agile system would help us to respond rapidly to customers’ demands and put European companies on the best footing to serve global markets. It would help us to continue to deliver the highest levels of safety and security to citizens. Against that background Euralarm together with 20 other industry associations has now co-signed a Joint industry statement and recommendations on harmonised standards in support of a competitive European industry. Read the full statement here.
Zug, Switzerland, January 2020 – The professional team of Euralarm has been strengthened with two new Technical Managers. Michael Scharnowsky has been appointed Technical Manager of the Fire and extinguishing section; Benoit Stockbroeckx will be the new Technical Manager for the Security and Services sections.
Michael Scharnowsky is well-known within Euralarm. In recent years he has amongst others held the position of chairman of the marketing committee and represented Hekatron within the Fire section. Michael has a long track record within the fire safety world and held various management positions before joining the professional team of Euralarm.
Benoit Stockbroeckx was until recently Head of Division Laboratory of ANPI, an association in the field of fire and theft prevention in which all industrial federations and professional associations as well as the government are represented. Benoit is also no stranger to the Euralarm world. He has worked with Euralarm within various technical standardisation committees and working groups.
Michael Scharnowsky and Benoit Stockbroeckx will support the Euralarm sections on a technical level and keep members informed on relevant developments to enable decision making. Therefore they will collect and share information and participate in both international collaborations and standardization committees as well as working groups. By doing so the managers will contribute to the visibility of the industry and to establishing high levels of safety in buildings.
Euralarm represents the electronic fire and security industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, market, policy makers and standards bodies. Our Members make society safer and secure through systems and services for fire detection and extinguishing, intrusion detection, access control, video monitoring, alarm transmission and alarm receiving centres. Founded in 1970, Euralarm represents over 5000 companies within the fire safety and security industry valued at 67 billion Euros. Euralarm Members are national associations and individual companies from across Europe.
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Euralarm has informed the members of the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) on its response on the Evaluation of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). In our representative role for the electronic fire safety industry we welcome the opportunity to provide comments for consideration on the Commission Staff Working Document – Evaluation of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011.
Euralarm strongly supports the free movement of products within the EU and therefore agrees on the need for EU legislation on construction products. We recognize the positive impact of the CPR on cross-border opportunities and trade and share with the EC the conclusion that a revision and a simplification of the CPR is needed. However, we disagree on the Commission’s evaluation of the standardisation system.
For several decades, Euralarm has been heavily involved in European standardisation. Our members have together more than 100 experts on CEN Technical Committees writing candidate harmonized standards under the CPR. Euralarm also gained the official status of CEN Partner.
Unlike the Commission concludes, the issue is NOT with the production of standards but with the requirements set up by the Commission for the harmonisation of standards under the CPR.
Please click here to read the full briefing.
A few weeks ago Bart Vandenbussche started as a new coordinator at Euralarm member ALIA Security. The objective is to closely monitor technological, economic and legal developments in the sector and to inform members about them. Bart will also acts as a liaison between the various federations, governments and organizations with which ALIA co-operates. More info can be found on the ALIA website.
"From cybersecurity to standardisation, this collaboration helps us advocate the right policy framework for the future."
"WAGNER decided to permanently engage in Euralarm’s activities with special respect to matters of fire safety, contributing to reduce trade barriers and to enhance competitiveness and harmonisation of the European market."
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Euralarm represents the fire and security industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, market, policy makers and standards bodies.