Topics for 2018 Euralarm Symposium announced

Posted On 03 Jan 2018
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The 2018 Euralarm Symposium has been announced for Bucharest on June 4th. The annual event, organised by Euralarm, focuses on significant market developments of legislative, regulatory and standardisation in the electronic security and fire safety industry.

Although the Symposium is aimed at Euralarm Members it is also set to attract European stakeholders, both from institutions and advocacy groups.

Topics of the 2018 event have been chosen with a common thread of 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. These include:

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 harmonised 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, 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.”