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ANPI is proud to announce the publication of its Technical Report about the possible developments and uses of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in fire and intrusion protection systems

What place for fire and intrusion protection systems against artificial intelligence?
A seminar and a technical report to take stock…

by Information & Media Centre, ANPI – National Fire and Intrusion Protection Association, Belgium

A technical repor

In the coming decades, we may face technological risks of various origins, and the development of artificial intelligence (AI) could be part of it, as an ally or as an adversary. In response, the security sector must examine these potential risks in the context of analytical efforts, forecasting programs, risk assessments and uncertainty management. This can involve significant policy and coordination challenges, but given the high stakes, security actors must take reasonable steps to take full advantage of the potential benefits of these technologies while minimizing the risks.
ANPI has published a technical report to take stock of the importance of AI for fire and intrusion protection systems. This report aims to give a first image of what AI is and what its challenges and possibilities are. Definitions are given, notably through standardization activities and regulations, at international and European levels. Possible applications, or those already under development, are outlined in various areas of security. Due to the uncertainty and opacity of AI systems, the focus is put on risk management, in designing a technology that should combine robustness, trustworthiness and ethics.
This technical report is published in French and Dutch and will be available through ANPI’s e-shop on,www.anpi.be, in paper and electronic PDF format – 20 pages.
References:
– ANPI Technisch Dossier DTD 168: Welke plaats voor beveiligingssystemen tegenover artificiële intelligentie?
– ANPI Dossier Technique DTD 168 : Quelle place pour les systèmes de protection face à l’intelligence artificielle ?

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A seminar…

On the occasion of the publication of its new Technical Report, ANPI organized a study day on December 6, 2019 intended to raise professional awareness of the challenges among company security managers, decision-makers, technical and building managers, security and intervention services, etc.
This seminar aimed to give a more distinct picture of what AI is, and what the challenges and opportunities are for the sector. It provided a better view of the foreseeable impact of AI in the area of security (fire and intrusion) and helped to explore possible avenues.
Speakers (from left to right):
– Florian Vandecasteele, firefighter and engineer at Architects for business & ICT, shed new light on current AI research in the usage of information techniques, in particular BIM tools, video information and thermal image footages to support fire forecasting and fire behaviour analysis;
– Jelle Hoedemaekers, ICT Standardisation Expert at Agoria, the Belgian technology sector federation, presented the international AI standardisation landscape, the ISO working groups and activities, focusing on the Risk Management developments;
– Yannick Gillet, Specialist in AI and robotics, provided an initial insight on the AI functioning and capabilities;
– Benoît Stockbroeckx, Head of Division of ANPI Laboratory, insisted on the upcoming AI developments in fire and theft protection;
– Hervé Jacquemin (absent on the picture), Professor of law at the Namur University, gave a focus on certain legal questions raised by the use of AI (liability, contract, etc.) in industrial and technical settings.

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Who is ANPI?

ANPI, the Belgian National Fire and Intrusion Protection Association, is a permanent information tool for safety and security professionals: prevention consultants, manufacturers, installers, users, fire departments and authorities. The purpose of ANPI is to promote its activities through its 5 Divisions: Information, Regulation and Standardization, Laboratories, Certification and Inspection.
Website: https://www.anpi.be/en
Contact: Delphine Rasseneur, communication manager – ANPI, Information & Media Centre dra@anpi.be
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First-aid extinguishing is also an Environmental Achievement

First-aid extinguishing saves lives and property. Last year fire brigades were dispatched to 5414 building fires, 20 per cent of which were put out with first-aid extinguishing. Eleven per cent of building fires were curbed by first-aid extinguishing. First-aid extinguishing can also be seen as an environmental achievement because it prevented 1,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions being released into the atmosphere.

Last year 18 people would have sustained more severe burn injuries if the fires would have spread freely, without first-aid extinguishing. Individual initiative helped save EUR 85 million worth of property. These figures are based on the estimates of Emergency Services College.

Fires also constitute a threat to the environment. However, thanks to first-aid extinguishing 1,400 fewer tonnes of carbon dioxide and 60 fewer tonnes of small particles were emitted into the atmosphere compared to fully developed fires. These estimates were compiled by comparing the average emissions of fires vis-à-vis the fires which were put out by first-aid extinguishing.

– Even if the numbers are not exact, they clearly demonstrate an impact. First-aid extinguishing makes a great difference, both in environmental and human terms, says Johannes Ketola, Data Systems Designer at the Emergency Services College.

Still, there is room for improvement. Last year there were 200 building fires in Finland where nobody even attempted first-aid extinguishing, even though there were people and fire extinguishers at the site.

First-aid extinguishing is a civic skill that everyone can learn. AS1 permit first-aid extinguishing courses are organised around the country; the Finnish National Rescue Association (SPEK) is responsible for their development and quality.

– Decisive action, without endangering oneself, is indispensable when fire strikes. The most important thing is to save those in danger, says Heli Hätönen, Head of Development at SPEK.

– Learning the skills needed for first-aid extinguishing is a good, practical way to ensure the safety of people and property. Even though a fire is a frightening experience, it is much easier to spring into appropriate action to extinguish it after having received training.

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Johannes Ketola
First-aid extinguishing statistics
Data Systems Designer
Emergency Services College

Heli Hätönen
First-aid extinguishing training
Head of Development
The Finnish National Rescue Association, SPEK

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The popular annual Vds-Fire Safety exhibition took place on 3rd and 4th December 2019 at the Cologne Exhibition Centre

The event is a well-established meeting and networking venue for all sections of the fire prevention and protection industry. Vds-Fire Safety 2019 is a combination of trade fair, themed forums and expert conferences.

CFPA Europe has very actively participated in the exhibition, particularly at the Vds stand. CFPA-E presented their good practices exchange, training courses, guidelines, educational standards, and conferences in a number of member countries.

This has been the biggest event yet, in terms of participants and conference attendees. A record number of visitors and exhibitors attended. More than 3800 visitors and 130 exhibitors from 20 countries gathered to update their experience, establish contacts., network and attend innovative technical demonstrations of equipment and systems. The conferences were very well attended and generated huge interest.

Visions for the future – Development of Fire Safety

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Fire Prevention Technology Development Group

Link to Annual Report 2018

Our operating environment and circumstances are constantly changing. With the evolving environment and technology, people working and living must be able to observe the changing environment in new ways.

Change always happens, but can be prepared for. Even if we try to predict the future, the problem is that tomorrow’s future will no longer be the same as it was before. We think we are anticipating the future, but it is following our actions and has taken another step forward.

Anticipating the operating environment is the key to use. Through our behaviour, we can try to influence what kind of future we might be facing, for example, in the next decade. This in turn requires strong cooperation and efforts to develop the sector so that we all have a parallel vision of the future.

Construction and technology, which are both linked to fire prevention technology, are also in constant development. Even here in Finland. We inevitably face new challenges and problems that need to be solved.

Hopefully the various actors can conduct a dialogue on the solutions that have been found and the stumbling blocks that preceded them, as joint learning and exchange of information also open the way for joint development.

Over the past year, the development group has supported the work of study projects with its expert activities, and will continue to be fully involved in similar projects.

It has already been strongly highlighted at this stage that fire safety is seen as an evolving factor in general, but the challenge lies in attitudes rather than technical solutions.

In domestic construction, there are many old-fashioned attitudes to fire prevention. New options are seen as enablers in the construction industry, but at the same time new technology is being shunned.

The often repeated arguments are based on the operational uncertainty of new technologies and the lack of common practices. This is where the development group has the potential to have an impact.

It is advisable to think about how we can develop activities together between various actors in order to focus on the present and the future, and where we can find answers, rather than the existing problems.

Lauri Lehto

Safety and Security Advisor

The Finnish National Rescue Association, SPEK

Meeting with Heikki Vannanen 2019-11-19

This week our Director Tommy Arvidsson met Policy Officer Heikki Vaananen from European Commission in Brussels

Mr Vaananen is working in Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs” and FIEP (Fire Information Exchange Platform) is nowadays under his responsibility. He has been working 15 years in EC and earlier in DG Joint Research Centre and also DG GROW. To the left is Ministerial Advisor Kirsi Rajaniemi from the Finnish Ministry of the Interior.

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DITUR, member of CFPA E, has organized the “DITUR Conference 2019″ in Belgrade on 30-31 October 2019

The Conference has had a great success of participation with 140 attendees. Tommy Arvidsson, the Director of CFPA Europe, has made a presentation on the work carried out by CFPA Europe and the involvement of the 23 members of the confederation.

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Likewise, different representatives of CFPA Europe member associations participated in the conference as Milan Hajdukovic, who is the chair of Slovenian Fire Protection Association, Leon Pajek from Promat and a Vds representative. Host for this conference is Professor Barbara Vidakovic from DITUR.

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CFPA Europe has been invited to the EAPFP’s meeting in Edinburgh on 7-8 November

Our director Tommy Arvidsson gave a speak about CFPA E and informed about some very successful projects within CFPA Europe. He also talk about the conditions for cooperation and its importance for the CFPA E. EAPFP is the European Association for Passive Fire Protection and the chair in Miroslav Smolka from Slovakia, left on the photo. In the middle is Ana Ferreira from APSEI. APSEI is member of both EAPFP and CFPA Europe.

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Last week in Italy three firefighters have died due to an intentional explosion of gas bombs. Funds are being raised for families.

E’ con profondo dolore che il Corpo nazionale sta vivendo queste giornate di lutto per la scomparsa di Matteo GASTALDO, Marco TRICHES e Antonio CANDIDO, i tre colleghi vigili del fuoco deceduti durante l’intervento di Quargnento.
La squadra composta da cinque vigili del fuoco del comando provinciale di Alessandria era intervenuta intorno alla mezzanotte per la segnalazione di un incendio di abitazione. Giunta sul posto verificava la presenza di un cascinale composto da due edifici, quello più piccolo interessato da un’esplosione d’intensità non particolarmente importante.

Notato all’interno dello stesso un principio d’incendio e segni evidenti di effrazione a una delle finestre, la squadra penetrava rinvenendo nel locale due bombole di GPL con collegato un piccolo apparecchio, che faceva pensare a un timer. Spente le fiamme e messe in sicurezza le bombole, la squadra procedeva alla verifica del secondo corpo di fabbrica, più grande. Dopo le ore 01.00, riscontrati anche su questo dei segni di effrazione a una delle finestre, in accordo anche con i colleghi dei carabinieri, i vigili del fuoco entravano all’interno, quando venivano investiti dalla seconda e devastante esplosione, che produceva il crollo totale della struttura. La natura di questa esplosione è in corso di accertamento da parte dell’Autorità giudiziaria, con rilievi tecnici svolti dai carabinieri e dai tecnici del NIA dei vigili del fuoco.

Nell’esplosione restavano feriti gli altri due componenti della squadra, il caposquadra Giuliano DODERO e il vigile Graziano LUCA TROMBETTA, oltre al carabiniere, ricoverati il primo nell’ospedale di Alessandria e in quello di Asti gli altri due.

Sul posto si sono recati nel primo pomeriggio il ministro dell’Interno Luciana Lamorgese, insieme al Capo Dipartimento dei Vigili del fuoco Salvatore Mulas e al Capo del Corpo nazionale dei Vigili del fuoco Fabio Dattilo, che hanno poi verificato in ospedale condizioni dei tre feriti.Donazione (1)

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Qatar expands VdS-acceptance

The Ministry of the Interior of Qatar has renewed and significantly expanded its demands for VdS-approved products. In addition, VdS also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Fire & Security Association. You´ll find details in the attached press release.

Cologne/Germany, November 5th, 2019. VdS-Guidelines set safety standards in numerous countries. The “Fire Prevention Department – Safety Systems Division” of the Qatar Ministry of the Interior has now not only renewed its acceptance of VdS-approved products and systems, but has also significantly expanded it. The current “Recognised Product Certification Bodies” official letter comprises for VdS two pages with accepted fire alarm, extinguishing and smoke extraction technologies.

“The demands of the authorities in Doha underline the high level of trust in the performance of our laboratory engineers as well as in the expertise of our clients, who design and construct the reliable life-saving techniques,” emphasises Gunnar Bellingen, Head of the VdS Fire Protection Laboratories. “We are very pleased that our Seal of Quality is also regarded as a particularly reliable brand for safety in Qatar, as it is in many other countries around the world”.

VdS also supports its partners in the Emirates at “Intersec Dubai”, the largest sector trade fair in the region (January 19th – 21st). Furthermore, a Memorandum of Understanding has just been signed with the Fire & Security Association of India (FSAI), also in Dubai, which specifies future intensive technical exchange.

Caption Qatar: The authorities of Qatar are expanding their acceptance of VdS-approved fire protection systems – which have proven in comprehensive tests that they reliably save lives (pictured a sprinkler head release).

About VdS:

VdS is one of the world’s most renowned institutions for corporate safety and security. 500 experts offer a unique range of services for fire protection, security, cyber-security and natural hazard prevention.
Services include risk assessments, testing and certification, inspections, information systems for natural hazards and an extensive training program. In addition, the independent institute sets international safety and security standards with the publication of a comprehensive set of Guidelines.
The optimal protection of our partners is based on a worldwide unique safeguarding concept whose reliability builds on more than 110 years of VdS-experience, combining all core aspects of loss prevention. Decision-makers around the world rely on VdS-approved reliability and certainty.

More information at vds-global.com

 

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Participation of CFPA Europe in health and safety conference “Ambiente Lavoro” in Bologna

“CFPA Europe was invited to the health and safety conference “Ambiente Laboro” in Bologna and a special seminar with approx. 150 people was arranged on 15th October. Besides several speakers from Italy we had three CFPA E speakers who was guesting Italy. Our Director Tommy Arvidsson gave an introduction to the work that we are doing and Hardy Rusch talked about our Guidelines and John Briggs about our harmonized training courses.

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CFPA E’s member organisation in Italy has just got a new Director Francesco Santi and he and Mr Guido Zaccarelli who is active in some of our Commissions gave also presentations at the seminar. Some other speakers came from different companies in Italy and several underlined the CFPA E’s Guidelines big value.”