Euralarm has welcomed its first associate member: Kiwa, a trusted and proven partner in the field of fire safety and security. The autonomous global company is specialized in testing, inspection, certification, training and consultancy services. With these services Kiwa contributes among others to the quality, safety and sustainability of organisation’s products, services and processes. We spoke with Kiwa's business unit manager Sabyne van Mourik. Read the interview here.
Euralarm has welcomed its first associate member: Kiwa, a trusted and proven partner in the field of fire safety and security. The autonomous global company is specialized in testing, inspection, certification, training and consultancy services. With these services Kiwa contributes among others to the quality, safety and sustainability of organisation’s products, services and processes.
After fifteen years of service Marc Chenevoy has put an end to his activities for Euralarm. A last interview with Euralarm’s Technical Manager who witnessed so many trends and developments in the fire safety and security industry.
Following a decision of its Board, Euralarm has welcomed its newest member Vanderbilt. The company will join the Security Section of Euralarm. The Security Section represents the intrusion, access and video sector and is key stakeholder in organizations such as CertAlarm, CEN-CENELEC, IEC and the European Commission. Together with a diverse number of stakeholders in Europe, the section collaborates on finding solutions for today’s as well as tomorrow’s challenges for security in a digitized world.
Prior to organising its Extraordinary General Assembly and following a decision of its members, Euralarm opened the doors for Associate Members to work with us to keep Europe a safe place to live, work and relax.
Brussels, May 2020 – Now that Europe is taking the first steps towards economic and social recovery after the COVID-19 crisis, it is also time to rethink the future. European politicians and institutions are now joining forces to present a recovery plan that builds on existing plans and ambitions to make our Society healthier, more environmentally friendly, more energy efficient and safer. Euralarm calls on policymakers to take measures to increase the security of renovated buildings and to strengthen the cohesion of the European Union.
The EU Recovery Plan that is soon expected will push for investments and reform. It will strengthen the EU economy by focusing on common priorities, like the European Green Deal, digitalisation and resilience.
In recent months, European citizens experienced what it means to be confined to one's home all day. With around 250 million homes across the EU that need energy renovation, now more than ever, it is time for the EU to invest in renovating homes, offices, schools and other private and public buildings. The Renovation Wave as part of the Green Deal is therefore welcomed by Euralarm and many other stakeholders.
Boosting the rate of deep renovation in all buildings not only improves energy efficiency but also economic growth. Building renovation and retrofit add almost twice as much value as the construction of new buildings. While investing more in renovations, governments and authorities as well as building owners need to pay attention to the implications on the fire safety of buildings because renovations can introduce significant changes in fire safety requirements.
With the growing number of electronic and electrical devices in buildings, (e.g. energy storage as part of the energy efficiency measures, electric cars), the fire load in buildings will continue to increase and must be considered in the overall fire safety concept. Regular fire safety reviews - including risk assessment - by certified professionals are today even more crucial and should be prioritized by private and public building owners and operators.
As one of the Green Deal proposals the “Renovation Wave” is a unique opportunity to introduce a holistic approach towards fire safety and security when renovating buildings. Safe and secure buildings will contribute to the new European economy as well as the future European ecology. Euralarm therefore calls on EU decision makers to encourage all renovated buildings to be fitted with the latest technologies in terms of fire safety and security.
During the crisis, large parts of the European workforce had no other choice than to work from home, using teleconference and digital co-operation tools to continue their daily work. In just a few months, remote work has accelerated the digitalisation of the European economy. With ambitious measures supporting a “Digital Recovery”, the digital transformation can be confirmed and amplified in the short term.
In the building industry, we have seen the effects of a slow adoption of digitalisation and we welcome an acceleration of the digital transformation. During this crisis, connectivity has proven to be pivotal to remote work.
It became clear that wherever our members had remote access to security and fire safety systems, there has been no disruption of service provided. We continued to ensure the safety of the people and infrastructure.
Pivotal to ensure business continuity, connectivity must be immune to cyber-threats. Euralarm recommends to reassess the European cybersecurity strategy. Some sectors of the industry – including services – have specificities that should be taken into consideration when rethinking the cybersecurity strategy.
The EU Recovery Plan is a unique opportunity to bring the Single Market back on track and to definitely address unjustified barriers that remain in place for products and for services. In our sector, and despite all our efforts to create European standards for products, systems and services, obstacles remain for cross-border trade, especially for SMEs. It is now time to put an end to these barriers and work together towards a society that shares and cares.
Again it is the COVID-19 crisis that demonstrates the crucial need that barriers are definitely removed. Therefore, Euralarm calls on the European Commission to engage in a consultation with stakeholders most affected by these remaining barriers to find sector-specific measures to achieve the long-expected Single Market in Europe.
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, employing 700 000 people within the fire safety and security industry with an estimated revenue of 67 billion Euros. Euralarm Members are national associations and individual companies from across Europe.
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When Euralarm took the decision earlier this year to move the 2020 Euralarm GA and Industry Event from May to October, we expected that things would be back to normal around the summer. Unfortunately, this is not the case: we are still in a situation where it is not possible to foresee the developments around COVID-19 for 2020 with regard to travel, event organization and local regulations.
Based on these uncertainties, Euralarm took the decision to cancel the Euralarm 2020 Industry Event which was planned for October 2020. The Taskforce will start to work on planning for the 2021 GA and Industry Event, to be scheduled in May 2021 in Brussels. The 2020 GA as announced will go on the 29 October, as an online meeting.
Dear Euralarm colleagues and friends,
The world is facing a crisis of humanity since the emergence of COVID-19. Only two weeks after our 50th Anniversary we are aware that we’re in a historical moment as it’s happening. More than ever we realise the importance of reaching out to support each other. And as promised in my latest Presidents’ Letter we will stay in touch to share relevant and trustworthy information that could help our members as well as other companies and associations through these difficult times.
To share the developments on COVID-19 that will which have an impact on our industry we will create a webpage on the Euralarm website. Apart from links to relevant international organisations, like the World Health Organisation, we will also inform you on best practices and useful tips. Member can also exchange knowhow and information on initiatives that will help society or will enable colleagues to learn from each other. We also plan to have some articles on tools you can use to keep your business running as smoothly as possible using of remote service and diagnostics , online training , effective video conferencing, etc.
And of course, your input is welcome as ever. If you have any thoughts or comments, related to the Corona Virus in your country and our industry, please feed them back to Paul van der Zanden to incorporate them into our webpage.
Together we’ll get through this.
Stay safe and share your knowhow to survive this crisis!
Best regards,Martin HarveyEuralarm President
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.
"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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