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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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.
Zug, 16 April 2019 – Both as European citizens and as professionals in the fire safety and security industry Euralarm is shocked and saddened by the horrific fire that has engulfed the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris.
The Euralarm Board expresses its sympathy for the people of Paris and France. At the same time, we commend the courageous efforts of the fire department and intervention forces who put themselves at risk to protect this world heritage building.
Although at this moment in time there is no definitive explanation as to what caused the fire, there will of course be a thorough investigation. The Euralarm Board with its members will consider how it can support in the guidance on fire safety measures during construction works.
Zug, April 2019 – Following a decision of its Board, Euralarm has welcomed its newest member Halma plc. The company will join the Fire Section of Euralarm.
Halma 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. Halma 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.
Halma plc is a global group of technology companies with the aim of growing a safer, cleaner, healthier future for everyone, every day. The Fire & Security Division provides products that protect both lives and property. Within the fire detection & alarm sector these products include wired and wireless fire detection (smoke, heat, gas, multi), audible and visual warning devices, beam and flame detectors, single or networked control and indicating systems. In the field of security the company offers wired and wireless security product solutions covering applications from small residential to large commercial premises.
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.
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.
Euralarm welcomes the recent announcement from the European Commission of an “implementing decision” concerning harmonised standards for the Construction Products, which includes the long-awaited citation of two core Fire Detections standards hence confirming them as harmonised standards under the Construction Product Regulations (CPR).
Zug, Switzerland, November, 2018 – Paul van der Zanden is the new General Director of Euralarm. Paul holds over 30 years of experience in the global security market. The new General Director is committed to making Europe a safer place where more people have access to reliable fire protection- and security systems as well as services.
"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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