Euralarm recently participated in the Archimedes Round Table discussion on Crisis Management and Civil Protection. The association of European manufacturers, installers and service providers of the electronic fire safety and security industry presented its PEARS project and outlined ways in which the project supports data sharing during emergency management procedures.
The focus of the recent Archimedes Round Table discussions in Warsaw was to identify gaps for the efficient and effective operation of crisis management and civil protection procedures.
In addition to several project reports, experiences from a simulation game were used to stimulate intensive discussions between the R&D community (eg the Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurement, the Université Catholique de Louvain and the Scientific and Research Centre for Fire Protection) and end users (among them firefighters from Dortmund and members of the Spanish National Police as well as representatives from Crisis Information Centres).
These discussions showed that sharing data/information in the emergency management process is of vital importance for efficient operations. This is in line with the results of the PEARS project, and the first ideas about a ‘European Emergency Communication’ emerging from the fire section of Euralarm.
Presentation of the PEARS-Alert4All concept
Thorsten Ziercke, Euralarm’s project leader for PEARS, took the opportunity to present the PEARS-Alert4All concept.
The project has learned that fire and security products not only can be, but also should be integrated with public alert systems. The extensive installed base could be easily upgraded to receive alert signals which may then be used to activate audible and/or visual warnings.
More sophisticated systems can convert public alert messages into intelligible voice messages or display the same message on PCs.
Integrating existing safety and security systems into a public alert scenario could be a cost-effective and rapid alternative for reaching large parts of the population.
Since the first presentation of the concept back in October 2013, PEARS-Alert4All has received much positive feedback.
End users including firefighters, members of police organisations and representatives from Crisis Information Centres were invited by Thorsten Ziercke to contribute to the standardisation groups CEN TC 391 and ISO TC 223 that are currently looking for experts from the civil protection sector to help make their standards even better.