Paul van der Zanden is the new Director General of Euralarm, the Association of European manufacturers and installers of fire safety and security systems. Harbouring over 30 years’ experience in the global security market, van der Zenden is committed to making Europe a safer place wherein more and more individuals and businesses have access to reliable fire protection and security systems as well as services.
Existing economic models are changing rapidly and new technologies and regulation will create both risks and opportunities. This will have an impact on the security and fire safety industry. Euralarm has existed for almost 50 years and continues to play an important role in driving new regulations and standardisation to support quality and an open market approach. A good relationship with local organisations and policy-makers within individual countries and, indeed, right across Europe are part of this process.
In this changing environment, Euralarm works proactively on awareness, education and regulation. The Association offers a platform for different stakeholders from the industry to work together on standardisation, innovation and market development.
“We want to ensure that the industry will continue to offer Best in Class professional products, systems and services which are secure, reliable and accessible for all European people and businesses,’’ asserted van der Zenden. “We’re well aware of the responsibility we have as an industry to deliver products, systems and services which do their job at the moment they’re counted upon.”
Euralarm represents the electronic fire and security industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, the market, policy-makers and standards bodies alike. The organisation’s members make society safer and secure through systems and services for fire detection and extinguishing, intrusion detection, access control, video monitoring and alarm transmission.
Founded in 1970, Euralarm represents over 5,000 companies within the fire safety and security sectors valued at 67 billion Euros. Euralarm members are national associations and individual companies from across Europe.