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.
In the course of five years, the Euralarm Symposium has established itself as the most important event on significant market developments of innovative, legislative, regulatory and standardisation nature, impacting one of the most successful Industries in Europe: electronic security and fire safety. The speakers at the Euralarm Symposium 2018 have now been announced, with only a few additions still to be confirmed. The event will take place in Bucharest, Romania, on June 4th. Fire and security professionals, installers, manufacturers, end users, building managers and certifiers will gather in the Romanian capital to discuss the latest trends and developments in the fire safety and security Industry. The Symposium will consider the latest developments in both the digitisation and regulatory landscapes, and how they continue to impact the fire safety and electronic security Industry Discussing digitisation and regulation This year, the Symposium will consider the latest developments in both the digitisation and regulatory landscapes, and how they continue to impact the fire safety and electronic security Industry. During the Symposium, the renewed importance of qualification and the evolving skill set of fire safety and security technicians, as well as keeping systems secure, and finally the EU’s Construction Product Regulation, will be discussed in three separate sessions. Speakers from Romania will give an interesting colour to the usually western-dominated line-up, offering new perspectives and ideas from a dynamic and creative market with traditionally strong ICT players. First session of Euralarm Symposium The first part of the Euralarm Symposium will be titled ‘You have to qualify to compete’. The Euralarm-supported EN 16763 services standard, one of the first pan-European standard impacting the tertiary sector, was only a stepping stone. National players must now outline training programmes that will support the continuous development of skills and knowledge within the fire safety and security Industries, and define schemes to measure qualifications. Speakers on these topics will be Jon Könz (moderator), Head of Enterprise Services at Siemens Building Technologies, Alexandru Mateiciuc, Head of Schrack Seconet, a leader in high-tech security systems and Member of ARTS, Valentin Negoita, APTEDIC, Romanian Association of Manufacturers and Distributors of Equipment for Information and Communication Technology, Robert Yates, Technical Manager at the UK Fire Industry Association, FIA and the association’s Delegate to the Euralarm Fire Section. While ICT has opened new integration possibilities, these new threats demand that additional measures are implemented to protect systems against cyber-attacks and data theft Cyber-attacks and data theft The second part of the Euralarm Symposium: ‘Keeping security secure and data compliant’, touches upon the ever evolving risks for fire safety and security systems. While Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has opened new integration possibilities, these new threats demand that additional measures are implemented to protect systems against cyber-attacks and data theft. Topics to be discussed during this part of the Symposium are security solutions, cyber security, data storage as well as product security. Among the speakers are Enzo Peduzzi (moderator), Euralarm President of the Board, Toma Cimpeanu, CEO of the Romanian National Association for Information Systems Security ANSSI, Marc Chenevoy, European Technical Manager at Euralarm, Viorel Petcu, General Manager at SC ONEST SOLUTIONS, a cutting-edge technological company notably active in physical security risk assessment, Member of ARTS and Michael Scharnowsky, Hekatron, part of the Securitas Group, delegate to Euralarm. Topics to be discussed are the challenges in harmonised standards development and their publication, the Euralarm position on the CPR Impact of the CPR and challenging it The third and last part of the Symposium, ‘7 Years Construction Products Regulation and now what?’ focuses on the European regulation on construction products, the CPR. The regulation lays down harmonised rules for the marketing of construction products in the EU. The implementation has however hindered the publication of harmonised EN’s from the CEN Technical Committees 72 and 191, resulting in a complicated blockade. This part of the Symposium will focus on the impact of the CPR and challenge its value. Topics to be discussed are the challenges in harmonised standards development and their publication, the Euralarm position on the CPR, and an outlook based on Euralarm’s White Paper on the topic. Speakers for the session Among the speakers are Lance Rütimann (moderator), Senior Manager Industry Affairs at Siemens and Euralarm Advocacy Committee Chairman, Frédéric Chateau, Certification Manager and responsible for partnerships at COFLEC, groupe DEF and Chairman of Euralarm's Technical Group Fire Standards, Iuliana Chilea, Director General ASRO, the Romanian Standardisation Body, Peter Massingberd-Mundy, Technology and Expert Practices Manager at Xtralis and Chairman CEN/TC 72, Dominique Taudin, Senior Director, Codes and Standards at UTC and Chairman of the Euralarm Fire Section as well as Robert Thilthorpe, Chairman CEN/TC 191, Technical Manager of the UK Fire Industry Association (FIA) and Chairman Euralarm Technical Committee on Horizontal Compliance.