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 the way the project supports in sharing data in the emergency management process. The focus topic of the recent Archimedes round table (Warsaw) was to identify gaps for efficient and effective operations of crisis management and civil protection. Beside several project reports, the experiences from a simulation game were used to stimulate an intensive discussions between the R&D community (e.g. Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurement, Université Catholique de Louvain, Scientific and Research Center for Fire Protection) and end users (e.g. firefighters Dortmund, Spanish National Police, crisis information centre). 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” from the fire section of Euralarm. Thorsten Ziercke, Euralarm’s project leader PEARS took the opportunity to present the PEARS-Alert4All concept. The project has learned that fire and security products not only can but also should be integrated into public alert systems. The extensive installed base could be easily upgraded to receive alert signals which could be utilised 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 to reach large parts of the population. Since the first presentation of the concept in October 2013 the PEARS-Alert4All concept received positive feedback. End users such as firefighters, police organisations and crisis information centres were invited by the Euralarm project leader to contribute to the standardisation groups CEN TC 391 and ISO TC 223 that are looking for experts from civil protection to make their standards even better.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.