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:
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.
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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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.
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).
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
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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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”.
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.
Zug, Switzerland, July 2019 – After its work on services for fire safety systems and security systems succeeded to be voted as a European Norm, EN 16763, the Section Services of Euralarm convinced standardisation organisations to start working on a European standard on remote services for fire safety and security.
With these the section targets at getting all service providers answering to the same quality requirements. The section’s initiative resulted in the start of a new working group within the Joint Technical Committee 4 under the umbrella of CEN CENELEC. The scope of JTC 4 WG1 is to develop and maintain a standard for requirements for the provision of secure remote services for fire safety and security systems. Halfway the process Euralarm’s Mr. Bernd Giegerich provides us with an update.
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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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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.
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!”
"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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