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.
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.
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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This year it is 50 years ago since Ernst Meili founded Euralarm and laid the foundation for a safer and more secure Europe.
We will be celebrating our 50 years anniversary during a celebration event to be held in Brussels next year in . We have deliberately chosen Brussels: close to the European Commission and the European Parliament and close to all those who have a strong interest in the European world of standardisation, innovation and cooperation. Close to our friends in European politics as well.
The year 2020 is not only the year in which Euralarm celebrates its anniversary. It will also be the year in which the new European Commission is fully up to speed. We look forward to working closely and openly with all stakeholders and are ready to work with the new and existing parliamentarians on European fire safety and security. As committed Europeans, we want to contribute to driving sustainable growth that will strengthen the EU’s Single Market, attract investment to Europe, and expand global markets for European companies. To do this we are continuously assessing the opportunities and the challenges facing us to identify the priorities that will allow us to advance as a prosperous, safe society and global actor. We welcome anybody willing to discuss these challenges and priorities with us. Working together, we can achieve a safer and more secure society for Europe and build an industry that contributes to sustainable growth in Europe.
If we go back fifty years and look ahead to 2020 with our first President Ernst Meili, the chances of surprise are very high. Amazement about the speed at which developments are taking place, amazement about the digitisation of the world in which we live and work and amazement about the new techniques that have been introduced over the past fifty years. All these changes make one thing clear: the world in which Euralarm operates is in full swing. We must cherish this continuous change because it is precisely through change that we are able to move forward and make the world an even safer place.
I therefore hope that one thing will remain unchanged: the art of continuing to change and develop our market and industry. In this way, during our 50th anniversary, we don't just have to look back, but also work towards a bright future.Martin HarveyEuralarm President
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
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
Broadband IP based signalling is an accepted solution and many companies have been providing these signaling services for a long time, in some cases over 10 years.
Therefore, there are several IP signalling Alarm Transmission Systems Providers (ATSP) who have mature products & services deployed in Europe. Over 100 000 Broadband based alarm systems are currently connected within Europe.
The Alarm Transmission Systems (ATS) should be specified and installed with products meeting the requirements of the EN 50136 series of standards and labelled with certification marks.
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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.
"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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