Euralarm, the European Trade Association representing the electronic security and fire sectors, has undergone a rebranding exercise which has seen the organisation update its website at the same time as introducing a new logo and descriptive strapline.
The new website is specifically designed to reflect Euralarm’s core values, while in tandem the refreshed logo signifies to its core sectors precisely what the organisation represents. In short, Euralarm is multi-faceted, diverse, challenging, connected, transparent and proactive.
The website is also designed to present Euralarm’s expertise and leadership skills for the industry, the market, policy-makers and standards bodies. It features a clean and responsive modern design and enhanced functionality along with easy access to expert comment and advice.
As a platform for the latest industry news, insights and policy on the electronic security industry and the fire safety sector, the asite affords all visitors essential information concerning the services offered by Euralarm.
Further, the enhanced design also creates a clear journey for companies and those associations interested in becoming a member. Euralarm members make society safer and more secure through the provision of systems and services for intrusion detection, access control, video monitoring and alarm transmission in addition to fire detection and extinguishing.
Founded in 1970, Euralarm now represents over 5,000 companies within the security industry and fire safety sector with a combined value of 67 billion Euros. Euralarm’s members are national associations as well as individual companies from right across Europe.
As part of its ongoing growth strategy, Comelit UK has expanded its team with the appointment of a dedicated UK sales director, namely Simon Green.
In a career spanning more than 25 years in the security industry and with 15 years spent in senior leadership positions, Green has embraced roles with global companies, among them Prosegur, Bosch Security and Safety Systems and Genie CCTV Ltd.
Now responsible for the development of Comelit’s sales team on a day-to-day basis, Green will strategically co-ordinate plans to move forward and develop specific channels and relationships in line with an ever-growing smart service and product portfolio.
Commenting on his new role, Green told Security Matters: “I’m joining Comelit at a very exciting stage in its journey. As a company renowned for its customer-centric approach, it holds a respected reputation for manufacturing high-quality and stylish products that cover both smart security and fire safety. The company’s range of solutions and its service capability really appealed.”
Green added: “This position is a great opportunity for me to join an established, dedicated and highly motivated team. Comelit’s products are highly regarded within the industry and I relish the opportunity to help develop the team even further. I now very much look forward to the exciting challenges ahead and taking the company to the next level.”
Francesca Boeris, managing director at Comelit UK, res;ponded: “We are very excited to announce Simon’s appointment to co-ordinate and develop our well-established sales network. Simon brings a wealth of product, market and industry knowledge with him, which will undoubtedly be invaluable to our team members and customers alike.”
Boeris concluded: “Our decision to invest in additional resources and expertise to support our sales network provides a great opportunity for us all to work closer together and further strengthen our market position with each new smart product design both from a security and fire safety perspective, but also as a whole company proposition.”
Amthal Fire & Security has worked closely with innovative law firm Debenhams Ottaway to design and install fire and security solutions for its commercial offices and yield ultimate site protection for staff and visitors.
Debenhams Ottaway is a multi-service law firm known for delivering outstanding client service and award-winning legal advice. The business works with successful individuals, families and companies in Hertfordshire, London and across the UK, helping them to make the most of new possibilities or deal with unexpected challenges at home or in the business world.
Having required assistance to ensure compliant fire safety and security at its main commercial offices, Debenhams Ottaway’s facilities management team spoke with the local business community to source Amthal Fire & Security’s services and discuss design and specification requirements.
Harry Kinsley, Debenhams Ottaway’s head of facilities and property management, explained: “Our people and clients continue to be at the heart of our success. That’s a key part of our clear vision and ambitious growth plans. With this in mind, we have a Duty of Care to protect them and offer complete peace of mind when they visit from both a security and fire safety standpoint.”
Kinsley continued: “Amthal Fire & Security came highly recommended and made an instant impression. The team worked closely with us and offered professional advice throughout, from initial design through to the organisation of a smooth installation for the bespoke CCTV, door entry and barrier servicing. The business also now ensures that we achieve the necessary requirements for fire safety and also continues to maintain security on our behalf.”
Amthal Fire & Security worked with Debenhams Ottaway to complete a full risk assessment of its commercial offices in St Albans, duly establishing product requirements, right from the necessary perimeter protection through to internal fire safety procedures.
The St Albans-based outfit designed and installed a layered security system, integrating CCTV and door entry to maintain an active presence for the safety of all staff and visitors, alongside car park barrier services to control access on site. From a fire safety perspective, Amthal Fire & Security now actively services the fire doors on site, including all necessary inspections such that they remain compliant in relation to the latest standards.
Paul Rosenthal, sales director at Amthal Fire & Security, told Security Matters: “Every law office should have a comprehensive security system to monitor its physical premises and keep confidential client data secure. With Debenhams Ottaway, we worked in a true partnership style, right from being assigned to a dedicated risk assessment of the complete premises.”
Rosenthal added: “Our aim was to fully understand the requirements and install discreet security solutions to work with everyday activities and blend in with their surroundings. This included ensuring there’s sufficient capability to monitor the traffic across the site, at all times, and both during and after office hours. We continue to work closely with the facilities management team. Being so local, we can quickly respond to any issues and scale security arrangements as required for the benefit of staff and clients.”
Evolution, the integrated fire and security systems business, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with the launch of a new company logo. The logo realises a stylish and modern refresh to reflect the development of the business since its foundation in 1996 and is designed to symbolise the company’s ethos of always looking towards future success.
Richard Lambert, managing director of Evolution, stated that this is an important milestone for the company.
“Since our launch,” explained Lambert, “we’ve continued to grow and achieve, duly establishing the business as a leading fire and security systems integrator across the UK and Europe. We’re excited about the future of the business and the industry, and this modern refresh aligns with our goal of continuing to deliver excellence for our clients, providing them with the systems, services and support that meets their specific needs.”
The dual-purpose Wisenet TNM-3620TDY camera from Hanwha Techwin is equipped with QVGA thermal imaging and HD capabilities designed to help businesses operate safely during the COVID-19 era.
The TNM-3620TDY is a bi-spectrum, multi-channel device which incorporates a QVGA-class thermal imaging camera and a 2 MP video surveillance camera. As such, it can detect heat and measure temperature with a very high degree of accuracy, while providing visual verification of people within its field of view.
In body temperature mode, the QVGA-class thermal imaging camera is able to estimate a person’s temperature within a range of 30⁰-45°C, with +/-0.5⁰C accuracy. When supported by black body technology, the accuracy increases to +/-0.3⁰C, allowing the TNM-3620TDY to provide a strong indication that a person may have a fever.
Offering support for deep learning AI-based face detection functionality, the TNM-3620TDY can measure the temperatures of up to ten individuals in real-time at a distance of up to 3 metres, with operators able to choose to view either the captured thermal images or standard HD video images.
IEC 60601 certification
The TNM-3620TDY is compliant with a series of device technical standards for the safety and essential performance of medical electrical equipment published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
In addition, Hanwha Techwin has completed the FDA facility registration process and device registration for the TNM-3620TDY in respect of FDA 510(k) clearance which is in progress.
In normal radiometric mode and with a high degree of accuracy, the thermal imaging camera detects and measures changes in temperature within the -20⁰C to 130°C range. End users are able to set up detection zones to cover specific areas of interest within the camera’s field of view. This provides a powerful tool which generates alerts when there’s a threat of fire in recycling, waste management and landfill-type facilities where spontaneous combustion may occur. A detected change in temperature may also be a warning that machinery in factories, processing plants, cold stores or utilities is faulty.
In addition, a spot detection feature enables operators, via a web viewer, to click on any pixel within an image and obtain a measurement of the temperature of the area covered by that pixel.
WiseStream II technology
The TNM-3620TDY supports H.265, H.264 and MJPEG compression formats, as well as WiseStream II, a complementary compression technology which dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality and compression according to movement in the image.
Bandwidth efficiency is improved by up to 75% when compared to current H.264 technology when WiseStream, which is unique to Wisenet cameras, is combined with H.265 compression.
The 2 MP video surveillance camera features a set of Intelligent Video Analytics which include directional detection, motion detection, enter/exit, virtual line, audio detection and camera tampering detection.
The TNM-3620TDY has a Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC slot which allows up to 256 GB of video or data to be stored at the edge should there be any disruption to the network. Video evidence, which potentially might have been lost, can therefore be retrieved when the network connection has been restored.
Capability to deliver
“Regretfully, some so-called ‘fever screening’ solutions devised by other manufacturers have attracted negative publicity,” said Uri Guterman, head of product and marketing for Hanwha Techwin Europe. “In my view, this is because they’ve been oversold in terms of what they’re capable of delivering.”
He continued: “Although we’ve often been the first to market with new product developments and technologies, in this instance we’ve taken the time to develop the TNM-3620TDY and ensure that it’s fit for purpose. We highly value the trust our customers and business partners have in our ability to provide solutions which do not compromise on performance and quality. In this respect, they can be confident that this camera will meet, if not exceed, their expectations.”
In conclusion, Guterman stated: “The TNM-3620TDY is a great addition to our suite of COVID-related solutions, which includes face mask detection, occupancy monitoring and AI deep learning-based social distance measuring applications.”
Evolution, the integrated fire and security systems business, has appointed Mark Emery as the company’s new service operations manager. Emery’s main task will be to manage service delivery in the UK, bringing Evolution’s various branches together through service and operations.
As well as overseeing the regulatory requirements of engineer training and familiarity with key legislation, Emery will work with Evolution’s Scottish and Irish teams to maintain “outstanding” levels of customer service.
He joins the business with more than 30 years’ experience in the fire and security sector, previously working as business manager and national service manager at a leading UK technology security business.
In his new role, Emery will report to Neil Harris, Group operations director, who stated: “Mark’s knowledge of the security industry, and the experience he has gained in senior management roles, will be of significant benefit as we continue to grow the business both at home and on the international stage.”
Speaking about his appointment, Emery told Security Matters: “I’m very pleased and excited to join Evolution. It’s a company that continues to grow and expand. I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues to enhance the company’s service delivery and customer satisfaction levels still further.”
Evolution, the integrated fire and security systems business, has promoted Richard Desay to the role of technical solutions architect in a bid to further enhance its risk and design-focused capabilities and expertise.
Desay is responsible for the design and production of detailed technical security systems – including intruder detection, perimeter protection and fence line and security lighting – both modified and bespoke to meet specific customer requirements and in accordance with relevant regulatory legislation and standards.
He joined Evolution in 2016 as a technical sales engineer. Prior to joining the business, Desay spent over ten years at the Atomic Weapons Establishment as a security systems engineer and designer.
Desay will now report directly to Brendan McGarrity, head of risk and design. “I’m pleased to welcome Richard to the team and look forward to working closely with him,” explained McGarrity.
McGarrity continued: “Richard has extensive experience of technical system design, with a strong pedigree of working in high-security environments including the Government, nuclear and military sectors. He has a proven ability to identify risks in processes and procedures and implement appropriate measures and actions to mitigate and reduce them.”
Commenting on his new role, Desay stated: “Evolution is a business that continues to grow and expand. I’m pleased to be a part of it and I’m excited to tackle this new role, working closely with clients to design and deliver systems that meet their exact requirements.”
The Board of Directors at Euralarm has welcomed Vanderbilt as the newest member of the long-standing and influential association of European security and fire safety solution manufacturers, installers and service providers, with the security systems developer joining the Security Section. The latter represents companies involved with CCTV, intruder alarms and access control and serves as a key stakeholder in organisations such as CertAlarm, CEN-CENELEC, IEC and, indeed, the European Commission.
The Security Section collaborates on a regular basis in a bid to find security solutions in what is now a digitised and somewhat challenging world. Section meetings feature recognised experts offering presentations on topics such as the standardisation landscape within the video surveillance market.
Importantly, the Security Section liaises with key standardisation groups in the security field and closely follows technological developments with a view towards guiding regulation and standardisation. In terms of standards, the Security Section informs member companies of changes and advocacy activities at both the national and European Union (EU) levels.
Being a member of Euralarm, Vanderbilt will enjoy access to the extended network of national associations and major companies in the electronic fire safety and security sectors. Membership of Euralarm will realise opportunities for both parties as it also strengthens the association.
Vanderbilt is a global provider of high-performance security systems for access control and intrusion detection. The business is recognised for its future-proof, innovative and easy-to-use portfolio that contains access control systems including the ACT365 and ACT Enterprise and the popular SPC and SPC Connect intruder detection solutions.
A strong advocate of open platforms and system integration, Vanderbilt (itself an ACRE brand) understands the issues customers face and provides multiple solutions that are designed to meet these needs.
Expertise on markets and opportunities
Companies joining Euralarm benefit from a unique insight into what is happening in European markets and the opportunities they might offer. They can not only tap into the political expertise and understanding that underpins EU policy, but also make personal connections with technical and political experts as well as potential business partners.
Euralarm members have their voice heard in Brussels and can actively support and direct standardisation and legislative processes.
Founded back in 1970, Euralarm now represents over 5,000 companies within the fire safety and security industry valued at 67 billion Euros. The membership comprises national associations and individual companies from across the European region.
Prior to organising its Extraordinary General Assembly and following a decision taken by the membership, Euralarm is now opening its doors to Associate Members. Founded back in 1970, Euralarm represents over 5,000 companies within the fire safety and security industry. Collectively, these organisations are valued at 67 billion Euros.
At present, Europe finds itself in a time of change. New technologies, digitisation, new standards and regulations are pointing towards a new era, but life safety and security for European citizens whether at home, at work or travelling throughout Europe are going to remain key considerations.
The fire safety and security industry has a vitally important role to play in keeping Europe a safe place. In relation to this, the work of Euralarm is supported by a broad representation of stakeholders caring for a safe and secure society. That support ensures that Euralarm can contribute towards a safe and secure environment.
Euralarm provides leadership for the fire safety and security industry, offering their expertise to policy-makers and standardisation bodies alike. The organisation proactively supports a European Single Market strategy for the sector. As part of that strategy, and as the only Trade Association in the sector, Euralarm has a local team operational in Brussels.
Until now, the membership of Euralarm was open to national associations and companies who want to tap into the political expertise of the organisation and understand how European Union and local policy is impacting the fire safety and security industry and its markets.
Seeking new members
Euralarm is now calling upon stakeholders who want to contribute to the move to the next era to join the organisation. Those stakeholders include research organisations, certification bodies, associations, insurance companies and consumer organisations.
Associate membership allows companies to make personal connections with technical and political experts, share expertise on standardisation and be heard and influence standardisation and legislative processes. Stakeholders who become associate members will be kept in touch with the latest trends in regulation and technology and benefit from direct access to a repository of Euralarm documentation produced by members and the professional team resident at the Trade Association.
Associate members are also welcome to network with industry experts during the annual Euralarm Symposium in addition to other focused events.
Associate membership brings with it observer status. There are no voting rights attached or rights to chair a Euralarm Section or Euralarm Committee. Associate members have the right to participate in the activities of the Trade Association and its sections and have access to relevant section and cross-sectional information.
*Organisations interested in joining Euralarm as associate members can send their application in writing to the General Management or visit the Euralarm website at www.euralarm.org for more information
Integrated fire and security systems business Evolution has entered into an exclusive agreement with Zitko Consulting to manage all of its staff resourcing requirements across engineering, operations and management.
The two companies have been working together successfully for several years now on national and, indeed, international recruitment projects. The new managed service contract will embed a senior Zitko consultant, namely Paul Gooding, into the organisation to provide close support.
Richard Lambert, managing director of Evolution, is looking forward to involving Paul more closely in the strategic business and manpower planning. Lambert explained to Security Matters: “Until now, we’ve expended considerable time and energy working with multiple consultancies. This new arrangement will allow a deeper and more productive collaboration involving a team we’ve come to know and trust.”
Zitko Consulting is a specialist fire and security recruitment consultancy. The firm manages an extensive professional network that not only yields highly sought-after specialists, but also valuable industry insights and market intelligence.
“With the new partnership,” asserted George Zitko (managing director at Zitko Consulting), “we’ll be able to contribute towards the Evolution business far more widely, from salary research and employer marketing right through to building talent pools well in advance of requirement.”
Zitko added: “Evolution is a company we’ve long admired. They’re one of the top integrators, have a fantastic working environment and strong core values with which we we align. The moment you see the classic BMW motorbike in reception you know you’re somewhere special.”
Post Covid-19 momentum is already building for Evolution and one of the priorities for the new partnership will be resourcing skilled project and technical engineers. The first campaigns will be appearing shortly.