Euralarm conference focuses on standards and the future

Zug, Switzerland

This year’s Euralarm international Industry Forum takes place on 21st June in Brussels, where discussions will take place on topical issues for the fire and security industries. This years’ agenda includes the Euralarm Strategy 2019-2024 followed by workshops on ‘International Standards and Trade’ and 'Is your business ready for the future?'

The conference venue this year is the Double Tree by Hilton Brussels City in Brussels, Belgium. The Industry Forum will start with a Networking Lunch and will end with an optional President’s Dinner. In between, participants will have ample opportunities to network with Euralarm members, industry peers and MEP’s, build relationships and exchange views on the profession and the future of our industry.

The forum will contain presentations from industry experts, representatives from the European standardisation organisations and representatives of the European Commission. The event is open to members and non-members.

The provisional Forum agenda includes a welcome speech, an update on the progress of Euralarm's future strategies to 2024, and in the afternoon there will be the first workshop, entitled, "International Standards and Trade." In this workshop Euralarm will explain the legal framework of the WTO agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and highlight how this supports international trade. Legal presumption that technical regulations that are harmonised with international standards do not constitute unnecessary obstacles to international trade. International Standards can benefit global trade and can result in higher productivity, higher quality and cost reduction. They also support SME’s in international trade and allow them to sell their products and services globally.

During the Industry Forum there are plans to hear the views from the key stakeholders in the international standardisation process which include the WTO, ISO/IEC, the European Commission and European standardisation organisations. This workshop will also highlight the regional strategies of involvement in international standard development for Europe, United States and China.

This will be followed by a discussion on the threats and benefits for the fire safety and security industry related to International Standards.

Workshop II is called, "Is your business ready for the future?"  The world is changing faster than ever. On the positive side, new technologies drive new products and new services which enhance the level of safety and security in our society. On the other side this also causes new challenges and threats. Cyber security is one of them and new legislation and regulations make it more and more important to ensure that also your business and your customers are secure. In this workshop Euralarm plans to highlight the different areas which can help businesses to be prepared for the future.

The first topic is around cyber security and related with the second topic around how to manage remote connections and remote services. This workshop plans to give practical information on how companies can work in a secure way, protecting both their own business and that of their customers. The participants will be updated on the activities in these areas, what is in the pipeline and how can they prepare themselves and be ready for the future. The workshop shall include practical guidelines on cyber security and remote services.

This will be followed by a discussion on how to work and implement standards on a local level and how the standardization organizations and industry associations can support the SME’s to be ready for the future, with speakers from the BSIA, ALIA Security and the CCMC.

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