Never shying away from controversial topics impacting the Industry and with a view to providing business relevance, the annual event is organised by Euralarm, the industry’s main European representative body and trade association.
Although the Euralarm Symposium is aimed at Euralarm Members - companies within the industry and national associations across Europe - it is set to attract a large crowd in Bucharest, Romania, on June 4Th, 2018. Notably, European stakeholders, both from institutions and advocacy groups are expected to join the conference.
Topics of the 2018 Euralarm Symposium have been chosen for their appeal to a wide audience. The common thread will be the continuing changing business environment, and how it can be addressed to offset the challenges that globalisation and technological developments have set for the Industry.
Qualifying to compete: In today’s market, and even more since the tragic event in Grenfell, one has to qualify to compete. The EN 16763 Services Standard - one of the first to focus on the tertiary sector - was only a stepping stone. National players must now set out to outline how skills, experience and knowledge are verified and establishing qualifications that are valid ‘across Europe’.
Keeping Security secure: In the context of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as of May 2018 along with ever evolving cybersecurity risks, the fire safety and security industry must define and implement measures to protect its products and solutions. Measures for IT infrastructures essential to the Industry must be implemented while keeping European citizens secure.
Regulating Construction Products: Euralarm’s CPR Task Force is studying the influence of the CPR on the harmonized standards for Fire Safety. The objective is to develop a common understanding of how the regulation impacts the market today and how to deal with the problems that Technical Committees such as CEN/TC 72 and 191 are facing. The Symposium will be the occasion to present and discuss the resulting publication, and reach out to EU stakeholders.
Lance Rütimann, Euralarm’s Advocacy Committee Chairman, in summarising the main topic of the 2018 Euralarm Symposium in Bucharest said: “The challenges for our industry are more complex with noticeable increases in both technical and regulatory developments and the resulting demand on new skills. We will embrace this exciting time with confidence to find the answers that will drive the growth and successful evolution of the market.”