Paul Van der Zanden
Many Euralarm members and other interested people gathered on May 13th, 2019 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. Fire safety and security industry 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. 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. Lance Rütimann’s presentation focused on Innovating through Research Fire safety solutions for life safety Lance Rütimann’s presentation focused on Innovating through Research. He opened his presentation with a philosophical view – the Socratic Paradox - that there's a wealth of knowledge in so many areas, but yet we have still so much to learn. That is what research is all about: helping us to understand things and see behind the curtains for new solutions. What has that to do with the association's priorities? Our industry wants to stay leader in our business. That requires research, collaboration and cooperation. Our industry wants to stay leader in our business, which requires research, collaboration and cooperation We have to stimulate others to bring their support to the table. Together, we can identify the opportunities and understand the risks of emerging technologies. It requires investigating common challenges in the application of fire safety and security solutions to gain new insights on protection of life and assets in buildings. Therefore, we should also examine which qualifications, skills and expertise are needed in our industry and act on the findings. In order to make that happen, Euralarm urges the EU institutions and research bodies to work together. By developing partnerships between industry, testing houses, universities and research institutes priority areas could be identified more easily, and efforts coordinate more seamlessly. It would enable all parties to maximise the potential of EU research programmes under Horizon 2020 and its successor. Fast, flexible products standardisation Peter Massingberd-Mundy took up the gauntlet of talking about fast and flexible standardisation. The title may seem to encompass both a contradiction and an oxymoron, but standards are at the core of everything we do. With a world that becomes more and more connected, standards need to allow for this connectivity as well as being well connected and clearly structured in themselves. Robust standards for products and services are at the heart of our industry’s success but to continue serving the interests of customers, society and the industry, a faster and more flexible standards-setting system is needed. Peter Massingberd-Mundy took up the gauntlet of addressing fast, flexible standardisation A system that is agile and accommodating of technical changes and innovations will help Euralarm members and other parties to respond rapidly to customers’ demands and deliver the highest levels of safety and security to citizens. This would put European companies on the best footing to serve global markets. Such a fast and flexible standards-setting system requires close cooperation between the key players — Euralarm, European Commission, standards organisations, approval bodies and other organisations — who together can write the standards that will deliver the highest quality products and services as efficiently as possible. Furthermore, Euralarm urges the EU institutions to work together to deliver an efficient system that responds to market needs. Among the areas where progress would be required over the next five years are the setting, improving or extending of standards; for interoperability between building systems, between remote services, for the residential market (e.g. combining security and home-assisted systems) and for the competency of personnel and the quality of the services they provide. Cybersecurity, IoT and AI Whether active in fire safety or security, the building and construction industry or process automation: digitalisation is all around us Whether active in fire safety or security, the building and construction industry or process automation: digitalisation is all around us. It has an impact on our industry but also offers opportunities and challenges. How to seize these opportunities of digitalisation was the topic of the presentation that was given by Jon Koenz. Digitalisation is already having a huge impact on our industry and this trend will continue to grow in the future. New technologies such as cybersecurity, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) will drive this trend to become more and more crucial for our sector. All participants in the value chain need to be sensitised to the importance of increasing resilience in the face of cyber-attacks. At the same time, the potential of AI needs to be carefully assessed to maximise opportunities this technology offers. That is only possible when knowledge partners such as Euralarm and EU institutions work closely together. That cooperation will allow them to make rapid progress on a Europe-wide voluntary certification mark (quality label) that shows that all reasonable protection measures against cyber-attacks have been taken. That cooperation is also needed to advance work on standards for cybersecurity, IoT for fire and security systems and Building Information Modelling (BIM). Last but not least, the parties involved should cooperate to promote education as an investment in the future. Dominique Taudin discussed the current landscape for testing and certification of fire products Fragmented certification landscape The fragmented landscape for testing and certification of their products and services was the topic of the presentation of Dominique Taudin. Since Euralarm members are facing this landscape they are charged with higher costs since they have to submit multiple applications in several countries for the same product or service. But there are more than just costs. There is also the risk of having an inconsistent approach to testing and certification across the EU. This situation could be improved by the introduction and use of pan-European testing, auditing and certification processes. Not only would it reduce administrative burdens but also save costs for fire safety and security companies, many of which are small- and medium-sized enterprises. It would also help achieving real EU’s single market for fire safety and security. But there is also another, perhaps more important aspect when it comes to the future of European companies. Euralarm calls on stakeholders to intensify work between leading laboratories on MTRA A European wide process would allow companies to avoid uncertainty and encourage investment if they only had to submit their products and services for testing and certification to a single authority. To turn this fragmented landscape into a uniform and organised environment Euralarm wants to cooperate closely with EU institutions, test laboratories and certification bodies. It should result in achieving consistent, objective and repeatable processes for testing across Europe and, over the longer term, developing a single testing and certification scheme for electronic security equipment. Multilateral Test Result Recognition Agreements In the short term, Euralarm calls on stakeholders to intensify work between leading laboratories on Multilateral Test Result Recognition Agreements (MTRA). Fore services, the transition process from a fragmented to a consistently organised environment will require a better exchange of information about national training and certification schemes for the personnel involved in planning and design, engineering, installation and hand over, maintenance and repair of fire safety and security systems. Keynote speaker during the Euralarm Symposium 2019 was Alberto Garcia-Mogollon, Head of Innovation Policy of BSI. He took the visitors on a 'tour' during his presentation on building confidence and accelerating innovation through standardisation. With a new generation of products and services requiring the integration of complex, digital technologies and new production processes that need to scale up at faster rates the role of standardisation is expanding rapidly. It fulfils the ever-increasing need to demonstrate confidence in performance. Alberto Garcia-Mogollon spoke about a strategic approach to reaping the benefits of standardisation Reaping the benefits of standardisation To maximise the benefits from standardisation, Alberto proposed to have a strategic approach. The type of standards may vary according to the maturity and nature of technology and the industry sector where it applies to. The standards process itself should be agile. With the right value proposition based on outputs and services a fit-for-purpose set of standards can be developed to be used across industries with different characteristics. Alberto proposed a process of fast iterations with faster development times and publication schedules To maximise the value from and creating value for the communities engaged in standards development there should be a collaborative approach toward the content development. And by creating a state-of-the-art environment for standards development, the efficiency, speed and ease of use are ensured. In relation to the needs of innovative industries, Alberto proposed a process of fast iterations with faster development times and publication schedules for each iteration, an output that is designed to elicit feedback and discussion and enhanced feedback from the user community to aid development, improving speed and quality. Self-regulating autonomous standards Important to remember: the future of standards is digital, with self-regulating autonomous standards fed in real-time by data from 'smart' devices, potentially connected to smart contracts, e.g. leading to continuous conformance or regulatory audit. For accelerating innovation through standardisation, it is important that both the technology landscape and industry needs are understood and that coordination across fragmented international knowledge networks is realised. Also, innovators should be educated on the role and value of standards while mechanisms should be developed to encourage participation of end users and SME’s and enabling public participation and oversight.
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. Existing economic models are changing rapidly and new technologies and regulation will create both risks and opportunities. This will have an impact on the security and fire safety industry. Euralarm has existed for almost 50 years and continues to play an important role in driving new regulations and standardisation to support quality and an open market approach. A good relationship with the local organisations and policy makers in the countries and Europe are part of this process. Offering secure and reliable products In this changing environment, Euralarm works proactively on awareness, education and regulation. The European association offers a platform for different stakeholders from the industry to work together on standardisation, innovation and market development. "We want to ensure that the industry will continue to offer best in class professional products, systems and services which are secure, reliable and accessible for all European people and businesses,’’ according to the new General Director. “We are well aware of the responsibility we have as an industry to deliver products, systems and services which do their job on the moment we count on them.”
The UltraSync app allows users to receive push notifications over their mobile devices for individual events Smart home management just got more convenient. Homeowners using Interlogix’s ZeroWire™ smart home hub can now receive automatic mobile device notifications in their choice of language through its updated mobile app, UltraSync. Interlogix, a global leader in security and life-safety solutions, is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. Greater convenience The enhanced UltraSync SmartHome app, featured at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, allows users to receive push notifications over their mobile devices for individual events such as alarms, or system arming and disarming. Text can be displayed in the user’s choice of English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. The portal’s multiple language support also allows different languages to be assigned to different users. “These UltraSync enhancements provide homeowners with more convenience and control of their home management system through the iOS and Android phones and tablets they have within reach every day,” said Paul Van der Zanden, General Manager, global intrusion and alarm monitoring solutions, Interlogix. Since its introduction early last year, the ZeroWire hub and UltraSync SmartHome app have won top awards at key industry trade shows for security products, including ISC West and the Electronic Security Expo. Compatible with Z-Wave devices The UltraSync SmartHome system with ZeroWire hub supports a variety of devices to heighten security and enhance a homeowner’s lifestyle. With its built-in Z-Wave® radio, users can control an increasing number of Z-Wave devices including connected lights, thermostats and locks. The system also supports IP cameras, including the ability to view live video and replay captured alarm or action-triggered video. The ZeroWire hub also offers new convenience features with service pack 2.0. Users can select multiple “Stay” modes for entry delay, instant alarm or night operation. Other hub features include: Event filtering – Users can filter between video, alarm and other non-alarm events Scrollable event history – As many as 10 events can be displayed at a time Also at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Interlogix will feature a new wedge camera to the smart home family. The IP camera is designed for an easy, secure wireless connection to the ZeroWire hub through a home network and offers high-definition images. “Designed for both indoor and outdoor environments, the new Wi-Fi camera is also built to withstand harsh outdoor settings. It’s perfect for virtually any location to monitor activity at the home,” Van der Zanden stated. Both the UltraSync app and ZeroWire hub updates will be available on Jan. 18. Interlogix will demonstrate the UltraSync SmartHome app with ZeroWire hub at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, booth 70358, along with UTC Climate, Controls & Security brands Carrier and Kidde. The booth will also feature a new home automation solution from Carrier, which uses Interlogix’s proven ZeroWire and UltraSync technology. The solution will be branded under Carrier’s Côr™ brand and offered through participating HVAC dealers starting in 2016.
ZeroWire includes Z-Wave radio that enables to control Z-Wave-enabled lights, thermostats and door locks The ZeroWire self-contained, wireless security system and smart home hub from Interlogix will be installed in new homes built by Alabama-based Stone Martin Builders. Interlogix, a global leader in security and life-safety solutions, is part of UTC Climate Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. The ZeroWire hub supports convenient, remote system management with a smartphone or tablet, or simply by using the integrated, voice-guided keypad. In addition to security features, it includes a Z-Wave® radio that enables homeowners to control Z-Wave-enabled lights, thermostats and door locks. Native Wi-Fi® offers fast and convenient installation, minimising downtime for homeowners. ZeroWire installation ZeroWire is currently being installed as a standard option in Stone Martin Builder homes, and will be added to 200 to 300 homes the company builds over the next year in central and southern Alabama. Each home’s system will include the hub, one motion sensor and three door contacts to provide added security for homeowners. Stone Martin Builders currently offers 50 floor plans and 219 different facades in homes up to 4,839 square feet. “We did our research and chose ZeroWire for its ease of use and the ability to provide our homebuyers with a customised home management system that will meet their individual needs,” said John Manasco, director of purchasing and estimating, Stone Martin Builders. “Available options include additional security sensors, electronic locks and adaptors – all in an effort to provide our customers luxurious homes with modern, smart-home features.” Manasco added that the builder will soon begin offering Interlogix IP cameras, which integrate with ZeroWire, to provide homeowners the capability to view live video, replay captured alarms or action-triggered video. Ideal solution for homes “ZeroWire is an ideal solution for the homes Stone Martin Builders offers,” said Paul Van der Zanden, general manager, global intrusion and alarm monitoring solutions, Interlogix. “Its innovative features and flexibility will enhance the security and lifestyle of virtually any family.” "Its innovative features and flexibility will enhance the security and lifestyle of virtually any family", says Paul Van der Zanden, GM, Interlogix Stone Martin Builders has contracted with Advanced Safety & Technology to install the Interlogix ZeroWire systems. The Opelika, Alabama-based systems integrator has been an Interlogix dealer for more than 20 years and offers a full line of integration products for both residential and commercial use. “We are very excited to work with Stone Martin Builders on this project and we look forward to providing full systems integration solutions to Stone Martin Builders and its clients,” said Ray Ogle, president, Advanced Safety & Technology. “With ZeroWire, we will be able to provide them with a state-of-the-art lifestyle enhancement system that can be customised to meet each individual’s need.” Advanced Safety & Technology is also currently installing lighting automation, automated door locks and IP cameras in each of Stone Martin Builders’ homes. ZeroWire is available in the U.S. and Canada from Interlogix dealers.
The Interlogix ZeroWire system is designed to support a variety of devices to heighten security Interlogix, a global leader in security and life-safety solutions, is showcasing its new ZeroWire system at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. ZeroWire, a self-contained, wireless security and lifestyle enhancement system, features a built-in Web server and offers simple installation and complete system control for homes. Interlogix is part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. The ZeroWire system is designed to support a variety of devices to heighten security and enhance user convenience. Local and remote management of the ZeroWire system and connected devices is possible through an Interlogix mobile application for iOS and Android. The system also offers integrated support for IP cameras, including the ability to view live video and replay captured alarm or action-triggered video. ZeroWire also contains a Z-Wave® radio, which enables homeowners to control Z-Wave connected lights, thermostats and locks. “With its advanced cloud features and user-friendly operation, the ZeroWire system is an ideal choice for today’s homeowner looking for a complete, cost-effective solution that provides security and interactive home control through personal technology devices,” said Paul Van der Zanden, general manager, global intrusion and alarm monitoring solutions, Interlogix. “The powerful ZeroWire system can be customised to accommodate most any home and address each family’s security priorities.” The system covers up to 64 zones and can accept more than 250 users. Other ZeroWire system features include: Context-sensitive keys and voice-guided menu for simple installation and operation Support for door/window, glass break and environmental sensors; motion, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors Support for up to 20 key fobs that can be used locally for arming/disarming the panel, turning on or off a Z-Wave-enabled light, or activating the panic feature from a compact, remote device Dual-path reporting over broadband and cellular networks for increased levels of security The ZeroWire panel has a small footprint and a low-profile making it ideal for wall-mount or tabletop mounting installations. ZeroWire will be available in the U.S. and Canada directly from select Interlogix dealers in early 2015. Interlogix is exhibiting at CES booth 70549, along with UTC Building & Industrial Systems’ brands Carrier and Kidde.
The new keypads include voice-enhanced operation, vocal setup guides and built-in intercom for easy installation and control Interlogix, a leader in security and life safety solutions for residential and commercial enterprises, recently announced three new keypads that offer powerful protection and user-friendly features for its popular NetworX intrusion system. Interlogix is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. NetworX is a full product suite that offers a complete, reliable and scalable intrusion solution for home and small business use. These next-generation keypads include voice-enhanced operation, vocal setup guides and built-in intercom for easy installation and control. The touch screen keypad, designed for user-friendly operation through an icon-based interface, is a 3.5-inch color touch screen with quick keys for simple, intuitive system control. The keypad has a built-in message board for recording voice messages, 192-zone capacity and support for up to 99 users, along with eight partitions and 16 outputs. The advanced touch LED keypad provides Interlogix’s exclusive Personal Voice Guide with step-by-step instruction for all system functions. It includes individually lit, color-coded touch response keys and recorded voice memos. A built-in intercom allows colleagues and family members to talk to each other from up to eight locations around the office or home. The keypad, with its 192-zone capacity, is available in black or white and in both portrait and landscape formats. The voice navigation LED keypad also features the Personal Voice Guide, voice-enabled status key, and a built-in word library for customised voice labels for zones, areas and outputs. It also offers 16-zone capability and double-press fire, medical and panic keys. “With their streamlined design and advanced technology, these feature-rich keypads are perfect for new installations as well as for upgrades of current NetworX systems,” said Paul Van der Zanden, general manager, intrusion and alarm monitoring solutions, Interlogix and Lenel. “Each keypad is compatible with all NetworX control panels and is simple to use, program and control in any home or small business setting.” Much of the technology for the new keypads came from Interlogix’s April acquisition of Ultra High Speed (UHS), an Australian telecommunications infrastructure equipment, web application server, modem and customised network management system provider. All three keypads are available now from authorised Interlogix dealers and distributors. For a demonstration of the keypads, visit Interlogix at ASIS 2014, booth 1311, Sept. 29–Oct. 1.