The Euralarm Symposium 2016 will take place on May 9th, in Lisbon, Portugal. It is a favourite event for the electronic fire safety and security industry in Europe. The Euralarm Symposium follows the yearly General Assembly of Euralarm, the trade association representing the industry. It is organised every year by Euralarm, and will focus this year on relevant stepping stones towards ‘Smart Buildings’ concepts and their impact on fire safety and security markets.
Technological advancements, promises of cost reductions and productivity improvements, along with the increasing awareness to make better use of natural resources, are bringing the realisation of Smart(er) Buildings within grasp. Technological change also represents major prospective profits and opportunities linked to the development of Smart Cities. The path to Smart Cities is through Smart Buildings and Frost & Sullivan estimates a global Smart City market potential of €1.3 trillion in 2020.
Much has been discussed and presented on the topic. Yet the connection between the electronic fire safety and security industry with its associated services and Smart Buildings is not really so clear. The objective of the Symposium is to give attendees a better understanding of the changes awaiting the industry and allow them to formulate and find answers to their own questions through an open debate. For manufacturers, suppliers and service providers of electronic fire safety and/or security systems, changes are imminent. The event will discuss the three highly impacting topics of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Internet of Things (IoT) as well as Cyber Security. Dedicated sessions will cover the topics with an overview of the existing technologies including the presentation of practical examples, a review of the market situation and a discussion of the challenges and opportunities of the technologies’ impact on all aspects of the value chain.
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Industry estimations are that the BIM solution market will be fully deployed in Europe by 2025. Offering an approach that is more than just viewing buildings in 3D, BIM changes how buildings are planned, designed, installed, commissioned and maintained. Speakers on the topic will be Alan Baikie, Managing Director of BIMobject UK and António Frade Pina, founder of ConcepsysBIM.Alan Baikie has been involved in Building Information Management for 15 years. He is a member of BIM for Manufacturing and Manufacturers, an organisation established by the UK Government’s to encourage and support construction product manufacturers and installers to transition to BIM.
António Frade Pina is an architect and founder of Concepsys Lda, one of the first international franchisees of the BIMobject project, Europe’s largest digital content management system for BIM objects. He launched concepysBIM in 2013, as a broader consulting project aiming to help the industry to adopt BIM.
Internet of Things (IoT)
Internet technology is today integrated into objects and buildings themselves. Technological developments in sensors, networks and power, along with Big Data analysis are allowing models of monitoring a multitude of data points. This has the potential to change the architecture of dedicated systems for fire safety and security solutions and services deriving from it. Speaking on the topic will be industry specialist Theresa Bui Revon, Head of Product Marketing for the Cisco IoT cloud for Enterprises. One of her particular areas of focus is partnering with Cisco Jasper's over 300 customers in the security and home automation market to educate on IoT best practices and implementation.
The implementation and use of digital tools changes the landscape of the electronic fire safety and security industry’s working infrastructure. But it also reigns in the challenges of keeping data safe and secure. The risk of unauthorised access and distribution, manipulation of data or loss of data are real and to be taken seriously. Associated developments in cyber-security, confronting the industry along the whole value chain, will be presented by Nick Podd with the objective to tie these areas into one overall picture. Nick Podd has over 25 years' experience working in both physical and data security within the military and blue chip organisations. He is qualified in Ethical Hacking and countermeasures, and trained in advanced penetration testing along with many industry-leading software applications.