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”.
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
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.
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
CEN and CENELEC, the European standardization organizations, warmly welcome researchers, technologists and innovators to the one-day European conference on November 13 in Brussels.
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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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.
Many Euralarm members and other interested people gathered on May 13th in Madrid for the annual Euralarm Symposium. It was the moment that Euralarm presented its priorities and challenges for the upcoming years. General Director Paul van der Zanden introduced Euralarm’s new strategy document for 2019 to 2024 to the audience by putting it into perspective with the developments within Brussels.
There is so much going on in Brussels that is not communicated. Members of Euralarm are European citizens, whose profession in fire safety and security has made them leaders in their business based on knowledge. Their leadership is underlined by trusted and proven partners like Orgalim, CEN, CENELEC and key stakeholders from the EU, such as several Directorates General. The world in which Euralarm operates and especially the part that is involved in standardisation is complex. And apart from the complexity there are big changes going on in the field of technology and economy that shake up the world of standardisation. Think of cybersecurity or artificial intelligence and it will be clear that associations like Euralarm need to act in a swift and decisive way.
Based on its current position and on the strategic objectives of the association a number of priorities and challenges have been defined for Euralarm in the new EU legislative period 2019 to 2024. They are based on Europe-wide cooperation and will enable Euralarm to maintain and further improve its position in Europe. The four priorities and challenges were topic of the opening presentations that were held by Lance Rütimann, Chair of the Fire Section, Peter Massingberd-Mundy, member of the Fire Section and involved in many of the standardisation activities of Euralarm, Jon Koenz, Chair of the Services Section and Dominique Taudin, Chair of the Advocacy Committee.
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