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Martin Franke

Martin Franke

27 January 2020

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.

23 January 2020

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

Euralarm New Technical Manager 03 gr 1080Michael 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

Euralarm New Technical Manager 02 gr 1080Benoit 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.

Contribute to the visibility of the industry

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.

About Euralarm

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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20 January 2020

 

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.

18 December 2019

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.

13 December 2019

Zug, Switzerland, December 2019 – Following a decision of its Board, Euralarm has welcomed 3M as new member. The company will join the Extinguishing Section of Euralarm which activities cover automatic extinguishing systems using gas, water, foam, powder and aerosols, oxygen reduction systems, portable equipment and other manual means of fire-fighting as well as fire-fighting agents used in either fixed automatic systems or in portable equipment.

3M will now benefit from Euralarm’s services in terms of representation towards European institutions and standardisation organisations. This includes the monitoring of legislative and standardisation issues relevant to the industry. 3M will have access to the extended network of national associations and major companies in the electronic fire safety and security sectors, which form Euralarm’s members. The new membership will create opportunities for both sides, as it also strengthens the association.

3M

With corporate operations in 70 countries and sales in more 190 countries, 3M is committed to creating the technology and products that advance every company, enhance every home and improve every life. The company has more than 90.000 employees worldwide, is selling more than 55.000 products and holds 25.000 patents.

The clean agent fire extinguishant of the company, 3MTM NovecTM 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, was developed as a halon replacement and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) alternative. It is a next-generation synthetic clean agent mainly used in stationary extinguishing systems for the protection of critical assets in enclosed areas. It has a very fast extinguishing time, is electrically non-conductive and leaves no residue. The company’s extinguishant is designed to balance concerns for human safety, performance and the environment. Upon release through a specially designed extinguishing nozzle, it vaporises immediately upon discharge and distributes as a gas within seconds. The agent has the highest margin of safety for human occupancy among clean agents, including inert gas, making it the ideal solution for occupied spaces. Due to its physical properties, the agent protects irreplaceable paper documents, electronics and other high value assets without residue and consequential down-time.

Insight into European markets

Companies joining Euralarm get a unique insight into what is happening on other European markets and the opportunities that they might offer. They not only tap into the political expertise and understanding of the EU policy but can also make personal connections with technical and political experts and potential business partners. Being a member of Euralarm enables companies and associations to gain expertise on standardisation. Members have their voice heard in Brussels and can support and direct standardisation and legislative processes.

About Euralarm

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.

About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $33 billion in sales, our 93,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews. More information about 3M Novec 1230 Fluid is available at www.3M.co.uk/novec1230. 3M and Novec are trademarks of the 3M Company.

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13 December 2019

For security and holdup system the EN 50131-1 has been the base for Alarm system for intrusion and holdup for a long time. New technologies and applications are available which can have a benefit for the products and services we can provide to the end-users. At this moment the EN50131-1 is open for revision and Euralarm wants work with their members and other stakeholders from the security industry to see if and how we can include these new technologies in the standards. It will ensure that going forwards the EN50131 will stay relevant for the end-users, alarm response and insurance companies and with that also for our industry.

Euralarm is planning a round table debate on the upcoming revision which  is planned on 4th of February 2020 from 10am – 12:30pm with a lunch to follow in Brussels. Euralarm would also like to invite the roundtable participants to attend the afternoon’s members common section meeting which is planned after lunch, which will provide an opportunity for you to listen to common interests across the Security and Fire sectors.

If you want to attend this roundtable please sent a mail to theThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  before the 30 of December

30 September 2019

Zug, Switzerland, September 2019 – Euralarm, the association representing the fire safety and security industry, has presented its Priorities and Challenges 2019-2024. ‘Working together for a safer and more secure future’ is the name of the document that describes areas of cooperation to achieve a safer and more secure society for Europe and build an industry that contributes to sustainable growth in Europe.

One of the most basic requirements for each of us is defence against harm, no matter what form it takes. Without protective measures, the individuals that make up society are at risk. For decades the fire safety and security industry has worked diligently to develop solutions to prevent and limit the consequences from threats such as fire, theft, property damage and others. In collaboration with public authorities, policy makers, standards and certification bodies and industry associations, the industry works to address society’s needs for safety and security in Europe and globally.

The members of the European fire safety and security industry 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 the Euralarm members are continuously assessing the opportunities and the challenges that they are facing to identify the priorities that will allow Europe to advance as a prosperous, safe society and global actor.

The association’s priorities for 2019 to 2024 are:

  • developing a strong Single Market and expanding global markets for quality products and services;
  • raising standards for industry professionals through training and qualification;
  • turning emerging technologies into sustainable solutions;
  • advancing knowledge and innovation.

Euralarm aims to accomplish this by focusing on market-oriented standards for products and services and on a pan-European testing and certification of products. Accomplishing the priorities also requires a strong focus on training and qualifications, digitalisation including cybersecurity, IoT and AI as well as partnering with research bodies.

By working together, Euralarm believes to achieve a safer and more secure society for Europe and build an industry that contributes to sustainable growth in Europe. Copies of the Priorities and challenges document can be downloaded via the Euralarm website.

About Euralarm

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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14 October 2019

October 2019 – CoESS and Euralarm have published a joint brochure on cybersecurity. The first copy of the brochure ‘Cybersecurity - Threat or Opportunity? It’s up to you!’ was launched during the General Assembly of CoESS held on 11 October in Rome. Cybersecurity breaks up the borders between product development, design, installation, operational continuity and alarm response. The guidelines highlight that when addressing cybersecurity, it is important to understand that all steps are inter-related in a security supply chain.

Euralarm Cybersecurity brochure cover
With CoESS and Euralarm as publishers of the brochure it covers the complete supply chain for the fire and security market – from manufacturers of products to private security companies and their customers. The brochure highlights in an understandable language the risks and responsibilities for each stakeholder in the chain and what companies need to do to mitigate these risks – both from a human and technological perspective. Many are not yet aware of the importance of these, sometimes simple, measures for the security and reputation of their business.

Cybersecurity is a top priority for businesses and governments. Many large, but also small enterprises already have structures and people in place to enhance resilience against the risks of cybersecurity. But with a rapidly increasing number of devices connected to a network the cybersecurity risks are getting bigger. Taking measures to enhance resilience against cyberthreats is therefore crucial - for business continuity of fire and security companies and their customers; security of data and assets; and both the industry’s and its clients’ reputation.

Although most of the products offer tools to provide a level of protection and many companies have internal cybersecurity rules and procedure in place, the importance of the human factor in achieving and maintaining cybersecurity is often forgotten. With the joint brochure, CoESS and Euralarm want to create awareness that, with the right security measures, cyberthreats can be mitigated.

The brochure looks at the whole supply chain and gives recommendations on the role of companies, their employees and end-users in carrying out security measures to minimise cybersecurity risks. This requires an awareness that each part of the chain needs to implement its own measures. The brochure also highlights what is already being done to mitigate existing risks and what companies can do in order to ensure the integrity of the chain. On a step-by-step basis the brochure informs the reader about cybersecurity risks and solutions in the different phases.

The new information brochure for professionals in the security and fire industry can be downloaded from the respective websites of the associations (www.coess.org and www.euralarm.org).

About CoESS

CoESS acts as the voice of the Security Industry. The main objective of CoESS is to represent and support the growth of an industry that delivers solutions of high quality and professionalism, focused on the selection and development of qualified staff and technology. The core values of CoESS are Quality, Safety, Compliance and Trust. It is the umbrella organization for 23 national private security employers’ associations, of which 18 in EU Member States. CoESS is recognised by the European Commission as a European sectoral social partner and is active in a constructive Social Dialogue with UNI Europa. More information on CoESS can be found on www.coess.org

About Euralarm

Euralarm represents the fire safety and security industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, market, policy makers and standards bodies. The Euralarm 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 5.000 companies, employing 700.000 people, within the fire safety and security industry with an estimated revenue of € 67 billion. Euralarm members are national associations and individual companies from across Europe. More on Euralarm can be found on www.euralarm.org

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02 October 2019

Is it possible to have the same level of services all across Europe? This is an issue at the core of the creation of the Single Market: services have traditionally proven somewhat more difficult to harmonise across the EU, due to the fact that they are often provided by small, local companies. To address these issues, the European Union approved in 2006 the Services Directive, whose aim is to “realise the full potential of services markets in Europe by removing legal and administrative barriers to trade”, thus creating a “Single Market for Services”.

10 September 2019

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.

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