When we go 50 years back in time, we will find ourselves in 1969: the year that Apollo 11 carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into space where they walked on the moon and, as they called it themselves, set a giant leap forward for mankind. Next year it will be 50 years ago since Ernst Meili founded Euralarm. First, his initiative brought together specialists in the field of fire safety, with specialists in the field of security following 12 years later. As time went by and technology developed our association also welcomed specialists in the field of services and extinguishers. Founding our association was not a giant leap for mankind, but with his initiative Ernst Meili set foot on a path towards a safer and more secure Europe.
Next year we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary! An important moment for our industry and a milestone on the path that Ernst Meili started. We will celebrate our 50th anniversary on May 27, 2020 and hope to welcome many of our partners, professional contacts and members of the European Parliament during the conference and reception that will take place in Brussels. You will hear and see from us on a regular basis as a prelude to our anniversary.
Before welcoming them next year at our event, I’d like to congratulate all new and re-elected Members of the European Parliament and Commission as well as all other politicians with their new position. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you and to seek mutual opportunities and challenges to join forces with you to continue the path that our founder almost 50 years ago started. And although our industry has worked diligently to develop solutions to prevent and limit the consequences from threats such as fire, theft, property damage and others there still is work to be done. In collaboration with public authorities, policy makers, standards and certification bodies and industry associations, our industry will continue addressing society’s needs for safety and security in Europe and globally.
That path towards a safer and more secure society for Europe will lead to developing a strong Single Market and expanding global markets for quality products and services and to turning emerging technologies into sustainable solutions for Europe. By raising standards for industry professionals through training and qualification and by advancing knowledge and innovation we’d like to ensure that the European fire safety and security industry remains a global innovation leader.
Let’s make sure that we build an industry that contributes to sustainable growth in Europe and that the steps that we make together will bring us forward towards a safer and more secure Europe!Martin HarveyEuralarm President
Today, services account for 70% of the EU’s GDP. The market share and the employment generated by services is expected to continue to increase, as the emergence of the collaborative economy, digitization and servitisation of the manufacturing industry provide further growth opportunities for the EU service businesses.
The subject of standardisation has been at the centre of attention over the past couple of months. Not only during our own General Assembly, but also during that of CEN/CENELEC and during the subsequent high-profile conference, a large number of aspects of standardisation were discussed. And these are only a few examples of the many conferences, panel discussions and seminars on standardisation.
Despite this great interest, much remains to be done. For example, the way in which the standardisation process meets the requirements and demands of the European market leaves room for further improvement. Like many others, I am convinced that Europe's success is partly determined by the standards that are used for consumer and business products and services.
Therefore, a strong Europe requires a strong standardisation process. A process that enables standards to be developed in a fast and flexible way. Standards that are created in this way are the standards for the future; standards that contribute to progress of the European industry and enable it to occupy the position that Europe deserves: at the forefront of the world market. But there is, of course, more than the commercial interest of European industry. A successful standardisation process also contributes to the quality of products and services and the speed and efficiency with which they are developed. And since a high quality product requires more competence of staff, it will also be a driver for better education and higher qualified personnel.
Cooperation is a prerequisite for a strong, flexible and fast standardisation process. Cooperation between standardisation organisations, certification bodies, European institutions and all other stakeholders in this field. This cooperation allows us to focus on various standardisation themes: interoperability, services, knowledge and skills of staff, and so on and so forth. In recent years, we have been able to collaborate with numerous European representatives and MEPs. I would like to thank them for the progress we have made together. However, there is still work to be done. And as the newly elected MEPs prepare to take their seats, I invite them to work together with us towards a better, safer and more secure Europe!Martin HarveyEuralarm President
CEN and CENELEC, the European standardization organizations, warmly welcome researchers, technologists and innovators to the one-day European conference on November 13 in Brussels.
Zug, Switzerland, June 2019 – During the recent meeting of the Euralarm Security Section a White Paper was presented on the topic of Next Generation Networks. The paper is intended for fire safety, security and services professionals during the transition from analogue to digital alarm transmission solutions.
Standard Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) services are progressively being replaced by high speed networks across Europe with a Voice over IP backbone. Telecom operators, regulators and government agencies have developed a plan in each European country to organize the migrations. The period between 2025 to 2030 appears to be the predicted time frame to complete the migration toward New Generation Networks (NGN).
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Euralarm co-signed a letter of 27 organisations active in the field of fire security to Commissioner Moedas. Following the recommendations from the International Association for Fire Safety Science, the organisations call for more resources dedicated to EU fire safety research in Horizon Europe.
Many Euralarm members and other interested people gathered on May 13th in Madrid for the annual Euralarm Symposium. It was the moment that Euralarm presented its priorities and challenges for the upcoming years. General Director Paul van der Zanden introduced Euralarm’s new strategy document for 2019 to 2024 to the audience by putting it into perspective with the developments within Brussels.
There is so much going on in Brussels that is not communicated. Members of Euralarm are European citizens, whose profession in fire safety and security has made them leaders in their business based on knowledge. Their leadership is underlined by trusted and proven partners like Orgalim, CEN, CENELEC and key stakeholders from the EU, such as several Directorates General. The world in which Euralarm operates and especially the part that is involved in standardisation is complex. And apart from the complexity there are big changes going on in the field of technology and economy that shake up the world of standardisation. Think of cybersecurity or artificial intelligence and it will be clear that associations like Euralarm need to act in a swift and decisive way.
Based on its current position and on the strategic objectives of the association a number of priorities and challenges have been defined for Euralarm in the new EU legislative period 2019 to 2024. They are based on Europe-wide cooperation and will enable Euralarm to maintain and further improve its position in Europe. The four priorities and challenges were topic of the opening presentations that were held by Lance Rütimann, Chair of the Fire Section, Peter Massingberd-Mundy, member of the Fire Section and involved in many of the standardisation activities of Euralarm, Jon Koenz, Chair of the Services Section and Dominique Taudin, Chair of the Advocacy Committee.
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Zug, Switzerland, May 2019 – During the Section Fire meeting following the Euralarm General Assembly, Petra Riesterer has been elected to Vice-Chair by its delegates. She follows in the footsteps of Michael Scharnowsky.
Lance Rütimann (Chair of the Section Fire) stated, “My sincere appreciation and thanks for the positive working relationship with Michael. I am looking forward to the future development of the Fire Section together with Petra.”
Asked about her new role within Euralarm Petra replies: “Fire safety and the protection of life and asset has been and is a topic that is in the center of Euralarm’s Fire Section. It requires international cooperation bringing the best in our field together to contribute not only to safety but also to the future of the European industry. That is exactly what Euralarm has to offer. I am proud to be part of that team.”
Petra Riesterer represents the Euralarm member Swiss Securitas Group.
Madrid, Spain, May 2019 – During the section meetings following the Euralarm General Assembly Joakim Söderström has been appointed chairman of the Security Section. As chairman he will also join the board of Euralarm as Vice President. Following in the footsteps of David Wilkinson he will continue the journey that the section started. Milan Ceeh, vice chairman of the section and representative of the Czech association AGA will remain in his position.
Joakim Söderström is general manager of Säkerhetsbranschen, the association of the Swedish security industry (www.sakerhetsbranschen.se). He started his career at the Swedish police force where he held several (management) position. He then became general manager of the Swedish association for safety and security. In his new role of chairman of the security section he will build on the foundations that were laid by his predecessor.
When asked Joakim says to be thrilled to become the chairman of the Security Section. “With our new strategic priorities and challenges document we have the foundation in place where we can now continue to build on. After defining our strategy I feel proud to contribute to turning the strategy into action. I’m happy with all the section members and their enthusiasm and professionalism. Together we will make this work!”
Zug, Switzerland, May 2019 – Euralarm has released its Annual Report 2018-2019. The period was a year of change for Euralarm. With a new President, Board, General Director and sections leaders in place and the final integration of the extinguishing section in the overall structure, the association is ready for moving forwards into the future.
Over the 2018-2019 period Euralarm also testifies of an ongoing growth in membership with Eaton Electrical Products Ltd and Halma plc as new members of the Fire Section. This continuous growth, in line with the trend of the previous years, is as a sign of trust in Euralarm, its organisation, vision and strategy, which are all detailed in the report.
"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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