More and more building owners and managers are outsourcing the maintenance of their buildings and systems to specialised facility management companies. By doing so, the fire safety and security systems are often bundled together with other types of systems into one maintenance service contract. This approach not only lowers the costs but also reduces the number of service suppliers. However, the maintaining of fire safety and security system services by generalist service suppliers also brings the risk of non-specialists becoming responsible for the maintenance of fire safety and security services.
According to the United Nations, the world population will reach almost 8.5 billion by 2030. As populations grow, so do cities. Even now more than half of the world’s inhabitants live in urban areas, and more than one million move from the country to the city every week. This trend places enormous demands on people and infrastructures.
In order to be attractive and successful European cities need to respond to stakeholders’ demands in particular in the areas of security, convenience, opportunity and prosperity. To this effect they are changing at an ever-faster pace, a development presenting both opportunities and challenges for city authorities, companies and private or public institutions, as well as for the citizens.
While the EU is at an economic and political crossroads, the European security industry has an unmatched potential to contribute to recovery and foster economic growth. In this White Paper, Euralarm sets out the policy priorities and actions that are essential for enhancing the innovative strength and global competitiveness of the security industry in Europe and, consequently, for improving the security of all Europe’s citizens.
Governments across Europe since years are facing an additional challenge when it comes to master crisis situations. In today’s environment, characterised by growing urbanisation, a mobile and multicultural population and the dismantling of the old WW2-sirens, in combination with the growing use of social networks, new methods of alarming the potentially endangered population are necessary.