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16 June 2020 In Press releases

Prior to organising its Extraordinary General Assembly and following a decision of its members, Euralarm opened the doors for Associate Members to work with us to keep Europe a safe place to live, work and relax.

25 May 2020 In News

Brussels, May 2020 – Now that Europe is taking the first steps towards economic and social recovery after the COVID-19 crisis, it is also time to rethink the future. European politicians and institutions are now joining forces to present a recovery plan that builds on existing plans and ambitions to make our Society healthier, more environmentally friendly, more energy efficient and safer. Euralarm calls on policymakers to take measures to increase the security of renovated buildings and to strengthen the cohesion of the European Union.

The EU Recovery Plan that is soon expected will push for investments and reform. It will strengthen the EU economy by focusing on common priorities, like the European Green Deal, digitalisation and resilience.

In recent months, European citizens experienced what it means to be confined to one's home all day. With around 250 million homes across the EU that need energy renovation, now more than ever, it is time for the EU to invest in renovating homes, offices, schools and other private and public buildings. The Renovation Wave as part of the Green Deal is therefore welcomed by Euralarm and many other stakeholders.

Building renovations as driver for change

Boosting the rate of deep renovation in all buildings not only improves energy efficiency but also economic growth. Building renovation and retrofit add almost twice as much value as the construction of new buildings. While investing more in renovations, governments and authorities as well as building owners need to pay attention to the implications on the fire safety of buildings because renovations can introduce significant changes in fire safety requirements.

With the growing number of electronic and electrical devices in buildings, (e.g. energy storage as part of the energy efficiency measures, electric cars), the fire load in buildings will continue to increase and must be considered in the overall fire safety concept. Regular fire safety reviews - including risk assessment - by certified professionals are today even more crucial and should be prioritized by private and public building owners and operators.

As one of the Green Deal proposals the “Renovation Wave” is a unique opportunity to introduce a holistic approach towards fire safety and security when renovating buildings. Safe and secure buildings will contribute to the new European economy as well as the future European ecology. Euralarm therefore calls on EU decision makers to encourage all renovated buildings to be fitted with the latest technologies in terms of fire safety and security.

Reassess European cybersecurity strategy

During the crisis, large parts of the European workforce had no other choice than to work from home, using teleconference and digital co-operation tools to continue their daily work. In just a few months, remote work has accelerated the digitalisation of the European economy. With ambitious measures supporting a “Digital Recovery”, the digital transformation can be confirmed and amplified in the short term.

In the building industry, we have seen the effects of a slow adoption of digitalisation and we welcome an acceleration of the digital transformation. During this crisis, connectivity has proven to be pivotal to remote work.

It became clear that wherever our members had remote access to security and fire safety systems, there has been no disruption of service provided. We continued to ensure the safety of the people and infrastructure.

Pivotal to ensure business continuity, connectivity must be immune to cyber-threats. Euralarm recommends to reassess the European cybersecurity strategy. Some sectors of the industry – including services – have specificities that should be taken into consideration when rethinking the cybersecurity strategy.

Single market back on track

The EU Recovery Plan is a unique opportunity to bring the Single Market back on track and to definitely address unjustified barriers that remain in place for products and for services. In our sector, and despite all our efforts to create European standards for products, systems and services, obstacles remain for cross-border trade, especially for SMEs. It is now time to put an end to these barriers and work together towards a society that shares and cares.

Again it is the COVID-19 crisis that demonstrates the crucial need that barriers are definitely removed. Therefore, Euralarm calls on the European Commission to engage in a consultation with stakeholders most affected by these remaining barriers to find sector-specific measures to achieve the long-expected Single Market in Europe.

About Euralarm

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, employing 700 000 people within the fire safety and security industry with an estimated revenue of 67 billion Euros. Euralarm Members are national associations and individual companies from across Europe.

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24 May 2020 In News

When Euralarm took the decision earlier this year to move the 2020 Euralarm GA and Industry Event from May to October, we expected that things would be back to normal around the summer. Unfortunately, this is not the case: we are still in a situation where it is not possible to foresee the developments around COVID-19 for 2020 with regard to travel, event organization and local regulations.

Based on these uncertainties, Euralarm took the decision to cancel the Euralarm 2020 Industry Event which was planned for October 2020. The Taskforce will start to work on planning for the 2021 GA and Industry Event, to be scheduled in May 2021 in Brussels. The 2020 GA as announced will go on the 29 October, as an online meeting.

31 March 2020 In Frontpage articles

Dear Euralarm colleagues and friends,

The world is facing a crisis of humanity since the emergence of COVID-19. Only two weeks after our 50th Anniversary we are aware that we’re in a historical moment as it’s happening. More than ever we realise the importance of reaching out to support each other. And as promised in my latest Presidents’ Letter we will stay in touch to share relevant and trustworthy information that could help our members as well as other companies and associations through these difficult times.

To share the developments on COVID-19 that will which have an impact on our industry we will create a webpage on the Euralarm website. Apart from links to relevant international organisations, like the World Health Organisation, we will also inform you on best practices and useful tips. Member can also exchange knowhow and information on initiatives that will help society or will enable colleagues to learn from each other. We also plan to have some articles on tools you can use to keep your business running as smoothly as possible using of remote service and diagnostics , online training , effective video conferencing, etc.

And of course, your input is welcome as ever. If you have any thoughts or comments, related to the Corona Virus in your country and our industry, please feed them back to Paul van der Zanden to incorporate them into our webpage.

Together we’ll get through this.

Stay safe and share your knowhow to survive this crisis!

Best regards,

Martin Harvey
Euralarm President
19 March 2020 In News

Zug, Switzerland, March 2020 – Euralarm has welcomed Drax Technology as new member. The company will join the Services Section of Euralarm.While maintaining focused on established fire and security services, the Services Section aims at safeguarding new and innovative services.

12 March 2020 In News

Today we celebrate the day when, exactly 50 years ago, Ernst Meili founded Euralarm. Starting with 24 companies from 12 countries and two national associations for fire safety, Euralarm developed into a European association that represents today over 5,000 companies, employing 700,000 people, within the fire safety, security, extinguishing and related services industry with an estimated revenue of € 67 billion.
  
For almost 50 years Euralarm has been proactively contributing to standardisation processes, providing guidance in the digitalisation of our industry, raising the standards for training and qualifications to address society’s needs for safety and security and partnering with research institutes.
 
On this special day we’d like to thank all our partners for sharing our passion and for joining us in our journey towards a safer and more secure Europe.

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15 February 2020 In News
(Sunday - March 1, 2020)

The '50th Anniversary, Industry Seminar & General Assembly' has been moved from 27 & 28 May 2020 to 29 & 30 October 2020.

31 January 2020 In News

Throughout history, standardisation has been driving collaboration, productivity and innovation. Standardisation is the backbone of a single European market and allows us to find collective harmony within a society that grows increasingly complex. For almost 50 years Euralarm has been proactively contributing to the standardisation process and thus to a safer and more secure society.

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23 January 2020 In Press releases

Zug, Switzerland, January 2020 – The professional team of Euralarm has been strengthened with two new Technical Managers. Michael Scharnowsky has been appointed Technical Manager of the Fire and extinguishing section; Benoit Stockbroeckx will be the new Technical Manager for the Security and Services sections.

Michael Scharnowsky

Euralarm New Technical Manager 03 gr 1080Michael Scharnowsky is well-known within Euralarm. In recent years he has amongst others held the position of chairman of the marketing committee and represented Hekatron within the Fire section. Michael has a long track record within the fire safety world and held various management positions before joining the professional team of Euralarm.

Benoit Stockbroeckx

Euralarm New Technical Manager 02 gr 1080Benoit Stockbroeckx was until recently Head of Division Laboratory of ANPI, an association in the field of fire and theft prevention in which all industrial federations and professional associations as well as the government are represented. Benoit is also no stranger to the Euralarm world. He has worked with Euralarm within various technical standardisation committees and working groups.

Contribute to the visibility of the industry

Michael Scharnowsky and Benoit Stockbroeckx will support the Euralarm sections on a technical level and keep members informed on relevant developments to enable decision making. Therefore they will collect and share information and participate in both international collaborations and standardization committees as well as working groups. By doing so the managers will contribute to the visibility of the industry and to establishing high levels of safety in buildings.

About Euralarm

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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13 December 2019 In Press releases

Zug, Switzerland, December 2019 – Following a decision of its Board, Euralarm has welcomed 3M as new member. The company will join the Extinguishing Section of Euralarm which activities cover automatic extinguishing systems using gas, water, foam, powder and aerosols, oxygen reduction systems, portable equipment and other manual means of fire-fighting as well as fire-fighting agents used in either fixed automatic systems or in portable equipment.

3M 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. 3M 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.

3M

With corporate operations in 70 countries and sales in more 190 countries, 3M is committed to creating the technology and products that advance every company, enhance every home and improve every life. The company has more than 90.000 employees worldwide, is selling more than 55.000 products and holds 25.000 patents.

The clean agent fire extinguishant of the company, 3MTM NovecTM 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, was developed as a halon replacement and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) alternative. It is a next-generation synthetic clean agent mainly used in stationary extinguishing systems for the protection of critical assets in enclosed areas. It has a very fast extinguishing time, is electrically non-conductive and leaves no residue. The company’s extinguishant is designed to balance concerns for human safety, performance and the environment. Upon release through a specially designed extinguishing nozzle, it vaporises immediately upon discharge and distributes as a gas within seconds. The agent has the highest margin of safety for human occupancy among clean agents, including inert gas, making it the ideal solution for occupied spaces. Due to its physical properties, the agent protects irreplaceable paper documents, electronics and other high value assets without residue and consequential down-time.

Insight into European markets

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.

About Euralarm

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.

About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $33 billion in sales, our 93,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews. More information about 3M Novec 1230 Fluid is available at www.3M.co.uk/novec1230. 3M and Novec are trademarks of the 3M Company.

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    "From cybersecurity to standardisation, this collaboration helps us advocate the right policy framework for the future."

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Euralarm represents the fire and security industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, market, policy makers and standards bodies.