Public guidelines

It has been common practice for many years to monitor the alarm and fault status of alarm systems installed in premises from remote locations.

Technological developments within alarm systems as well as the telecommunication paths now permit remote access to those alarm systems with a wide variety of available functions up to and including full operation and programming / parameters setting as if an authorised person was on-site.

Since January 2014 visual alarm devices (VAD) used for warning building occupants of a fire emergency must comply with the requirements of EN 54-23 and suppliers/manufacturers of such devices must fulfil the requirements of the CPR when placing such devices on the EU market.

This has led to some confusion regarding the use of sounder beacon devices where the beacon element does not comply with EN 54-23. The use of such devices is acceptable while understanding that the beacon element must be regarded as a supplementary alarm indication and is not expected to provide a primary alarm warning signal for alerting/evacuating the occupants of the building. The manufacturer/supplier of this type of device should declare, clearly, to which EN 54 standard the sounder and/or beacon part of the device is tested and certified.

The objective of the Construction Product Regulation is to achieve the proper functioning of the internal market by declaring the performance of construction products. By affixing the CE marking to a product, manufacturers indicate that they take responsibility for the conformity of that product based on its declared performance. CPR is as EU law applicable July 1st, 2013, it is the base for CE marking and applicable to products placed on the market when covered by harmonized standards.

It has been common practice for many years to monitor remotely the alarm and fault status of alarm systems installed in premises and their associated Alarm Transmission Systems from remote locations (whether directly by response authorities or by dedicated Alarm Receiving Centres). However, for more than 20 years, technology has also permitted access to those alarm (and other) systems from remote locations with a variety of available functionality. As in other areas, the trend to the use of IP technology for these services means that service providers will need to become familiar with the regulations and security concerns relevant to this technology.

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