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Euralarm publishes Annual Report 2017-2018

Euralarm has issued its Annual Report for 2017-2018. Publication of the report coincides with the end of the current Euralarm Board’s three-year mandate. That being so, beyond the usual account of the past year’s activities, the document also offers a review of the work achieved during that three-year period, and particularly so in terms of “invigorating the Euralarm community”.

One of the highlights of the past year was the opening of the new Extinguishing Section of Euralarm and the de facto expansion of the representation of Euralarm to the whole field of active fire protection. Organised as an umbrella association, Euralarm already comprises an electronic Fire Alarm Section, as well as a Section for Electronic Security and another for services related to both Fire Safety and Security.

The report follows the structure of Euralarm, with every Section and Technical Committee of the association summarising their activities over the previous year and, where appropriate, providing forecasts and plans for the future.

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A running theme of the report is Euralarm’s work on building strategic alliances. There are short interviews with stakeholders, industry leaders and other prominent partners in the fire safety and security business sector throughout the Annual Report. A major development in that area is a new co-operation agreement with CEN, the European standardisation platform.

Over the 2017-2018 period covered by the report, running between the General Assemblies of the association usually taking place in May or June, Euralarm can also testify to an ongoing growth in membership with Teletek as a new Member in the Fire Section hailing from Bulgaria and the dynamic German association BHE extending its membership from the Services Section to the Fire and Security Section. This continuous growth, in line with the trend of previous years, is said to be “a sign of trust” in Euralarm, its organisation, vision and strategy.

In a concluding section of the document, Euralarm’s outgoing President Enzo Peduzzi looks back on the three years of his mandate and how the association has been set on course for successful future development.

*Download the Annual Report by visiting the Euralarm website

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Abloy UK to host access control-focused seminar at ISEC 2017

Abloy UK is running a seminar at ISEC 2017 which is specifically designed to explain important changes to access control locking applications on fire and escape doors.

Taking place on 26 and 27 April in the Conference Centre, Citywest, Dublin, ISEC is Ireland’s long-established key event for the Irish security and fire industry.

The seminar will help delegates understand the minimum legal performance criteria for access control locking applications for fire and escape doors. This includes detail around EN 179 and EN 1125 – reinforced with new licencing requirements for locksmiths and installers in the Republic of Ireland through the Private Security Authority – and impending changes in local Building Regulations.

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Pat Jefferies: commercial director at Abloy UK

Pat Jefferies, commercial director at Abloy UK, is presenting the seminar, and is retained by the British Standards Institution and CEN as the UK’s electric locking technical expert. During his presentation, Jefferies will also cover implementing the requirements of the Construction Products Directive, which is applicable throughout Europe.

Jefferies commented: “If you or your business supply, specify or install access control locking or blocking as part of a security system, you cannot afford to miss this seminar. I’ll be explaining the minimum performance criteria and the implications of getting the specification wrong.”

*ISEC 2017 is a free-to-attend event. For more information or to register visit www.isec.ie

**For further information on any of the products and services available from Abloy UK, please call 01902 364 500 or e-mail marketing@abloy.co.uk

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Europe is the world’s top tourist destination… but are tourists safe?

Worldwide, tourist travel is on the rise. Indeed, international tourism actually dwarfs any other type of leisure business in terms of growth. One of the global regions benefiting the most from this trend is Europe: the world’s first tourism destination.

Central to the dynamism of European tourism is accommodation: hotels, B&Bs and online-rented space, but due to a loose legislative framework for safety, which is rapidly becoming obsolete as our habits as tourists evolve, hotels might also become European tourism’s Achilles’ heel.

Of all the dangers posed to a tourist’s safety in a European hotel, fire remains the biggest. Currently, the legal basis on the matter is a 1986 EU Council Recommendation on fire safety in hotels. Since EU Recommendations are, by their very nature, non-binding legal acts, this has resulted in mainly localised and incomplete measures. Fast forward 30 years later, and it’s clear that the Recommendation has had limited effect on hotel safety in Europe: a fact acknowledged by hotel federations and consumer associations alike.

The main issue is that local self-regulation resulting from the EU Recommendation hasn’t guaranteed an even level of safety across the EU. Enforcement varies considerably from country to country, and even from city to city, including in the same region, and largely depends on the size of the hotel. All-too-often, small hotels are less well scrutinised, and somewhat more ill-equipped than bigger ones to deal with fires. Local laws frequently link the number of rooms with compliance to the Recommendation.

Global trends

An analysis of global trends in tourism shows that, as our tourist habits evolve, the risk resulting from the current situation increases: more and more travellers choose to go ‘off the map’ opting for smaller hotels rather than big chains. This new type of tourist also tends to visit exactly those countries where safety in hotels is less controlled.

Add to this the relatively unregulated development of increasingly popular online ‘homestay’ networks, such as Airbnb, and you have a flammable cocktail. The situation seems to be calling for a fast reaction.

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The most recent attempt to initiate binding legislation on tourism accommodation safety arose in October 2015. A Resolution of the European Parliament called for a consistent European approach around risks related to fire. Reactions to the Resolution from various Brussels-based influencers highlighted a novel situation. All parties involved – ie consumer associations, hotel federations and Euralarm, the European Trade Association representing the electronic fire and security industry – now seem to agree that a legally binding EU Directive would be the right solution to address the issue.

Industry-led survey

Unfortunately, the initiative derailed due to a lack of reliable supporting data. The exact level of risk existing for the flows of tourists travelling to and inside Europe remains a question mark.

Outside of empirical observations, statistics on safety in tourism are notoriously hard to come by, with reputational issues hampering self-reporting. An EU Commission-initiated data collection programme launched in 2008 resulted in a blatant failure.

The focus now is on a survey led by the industry, rather than the EU. Among others, Euralarm has asserted its readiness to help with new data collection efforts. The organisation has also offered to provide support and expertise to the EU Institutions and the CEN-CENELEC European standardisation platform for the development of the relevant legislation and necessary standards needed to improve fire safety in hotels.

Progress in European legislation and standardisation is often slow unless the issue makes it to the news headlines. In 2004, after a number of tunnel fires with resulting casualties, the EU Commission was forced to publish a Directive on tunnel fire safety. Should we wait any further before adopting a Directive on tourism accommodation safety?

Time to act

Any failure to act quickly could lead to another cost for Europe. As tourism is now more globalised than ever, competition becomes fiercer, and parts of the world with more stringent and well-established regulations for safety in tourism accommodation might hold a key advantage.

In the United States for example, a Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act has been in place since 1990. Potential future incidents resulting from poor regulation could hit Europe’s tourism industry particularly hard. Its reputation as a safe destination has already taken a blow due to recent terrorist attacks.

Tourism is one of the engines of the European economy and an important source of jobs. Eurostat reports that one-in-ten non-financial enterprises in Europe belong to the tourism industries, and that these 2.2 million enterprises employ an estimated 12 million people. That’s more than one-in-five of individuals employed across the services sector.

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Newest Euralarm member WAGNER Group brings strong innovation expertise in fire protection

Following a unanimous decision of the Board, Euralarm has now formally welcomed its newest member the WAGNER Group. The company will join the Fire Section of Euralarm, which activities cover fire detection, notification, evacuation, extinguishing controls and smoke and heat ventilation.

WAGNER will now benefit from Euralarm’s services in terms of representation among European institutions and standardisation organisations and the monitoring of relevant legislative and standardisation issues, and will have access to its extended network of national associations and major companies in the electronic fire safety and security sector.

WAGNER Group is a leading provider of integrated fire protection. Its products are often considered a benchmark in the sector. The company is an experienced provider of comprehensive and individual services ranging from consulting and solution development to system installation and support.

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Over the years, WAGNER’s innovations have given the market significant impetus. As a logical consequence, the German-based company also brings its expertise and knowhow into important standards committees including DIN, CEN and ISO.

WAGNER is also actively involved in drafting national and international guidelines with, for example, VdS and the BSI.

Headquartered in Langenhagen near Hannover in Germany, WAGNER’s worldwide presence extends beyond Europe to China, Dubai, Singapore and the United States.

Enhanced competitiveness and harmonisation

WAGNER will be represented in the Euralarm Fire Section by Dr Ing Oliver Linden, the company’s product manager. Following the completion of a doctorate in safety engineering and fire and explosion protection, Dr Ing Linden spent several years working as a researcher, with a special focus on the development and testing of multi-criteria fire detectors before moving into product management.

His responsibilities in terms of the company’s product portfolio and special tasks have increased steadily across a 12-year career with the business.

“WAGNER acknowledges Euralarm’s important role as the European fire and security industry’s representative and balancing partner to standardisation and testing bodies,” said Dr Ing Linden. “Having participated in its work for many years, WAGNER decided to permanently engage with Euralarm’s activities specifically in relation to matters of fire safety, contributing towards reduced trade barriers as well as enhanced competitiveness and harmonisation of the European market. As WAGNER’s representative, I would like to thank Euralarm very much for the warm welcome.”

Euralarm president Enzo Peduzzi commented: “We’re happy to now count WAGNER among our members. Euralarm is now even more representative of the electronic fire safety and security sector.”

Euralarm represents the electronic fire and security industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, the market, policy-makers and standards bodies. Its members make society safer and more secure through systems and services for fire detection, intrusion detection, access control, video monitoring, alarm transmission and Alarm Receiving Centres.

Founded in 1970, Euralarm represents over 5,000 companies within the fire safety and security industry. Euralarm members are national associations and individual companies from across Europe.

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