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November 2016

General Assembly 2016 - Review

On the 9th and 10th of November, the members of the European Security Systems Association met for the 49th time for their yearly general assembly in Frankfurt. In total, the assembly was attended by 137 members, who also traveled from China, India, Russia and the USA. Collectively, the developments of the last year were discussed and the association targets for 2017 were defined. The two-day program of the meeting was rounded off by lectures and presentations on current industry topics. A brief look at the 50th anniversary of the ESSA anniversary in the next year has already been granted so that the members of the association can already look forward to it.

Lecture on EU Security Certification Projects  

On the evening of the 9th November, the ESSA members had the opportunity to attend a lecture of Mr. Anders Elfving (Senior Research Scientist, FOI Swedish Defense Research Agency, Stockholm), project leader of the European research project "HECTOS". "HECTOS" brings together eight leading organizations from across Europe with the common goal of investigating a harmonised approach to testing and certifying physical security products in Europe. The approach, which is based on the ISO / IEC 17000 series, is already in the phase of the concept development and is to be finalized and presented to the stakeholder community at the beginning of 2018.

ESSA members are welcome to request the presentation by e-mail. 

Lecture on Safety Applications with Ceramic Materials

During his short presentation, Mr. Dr.-Ing. Steffen Kunze (Fraunhofer Institute, Dresden) provided information on the special material characteristics of ceramics as well as the advantages and disadvantages of these composites, made of metals and polymers, for mechanical engineering. Particularly interesting are ceramics due to their extremely high hardness and their resistance to high temperatures. Especially for the production of security storages, the use of ceramics could be forward-looking for the coming years.

ESSA members are welcome to request the presentation by e-mail.

Lecture on Cybercrime and Economic Espionage

The lecture, held by Mr. Götz Schartner (8com GmbH & Co. KG, Neustadt), informed about the current dangers of professional hacker attacks on company IT systems. Using examples and live demonstrations of a hacker attack on smartphones, online banking or ebay accounts, it quickly became clear that sensitive data are never fully secure. However, measures can be taken in order to increase the security of the data effectively - especially regular software updates and insurances on data protection against cybercrime have to be considered for companies.

ESSA members are welcome to request the presentation by e-mail.

Energy Audits for Large Companies

According to the EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU (EED), European large companies (according to the EU definition: 250 employees, turnover > 50 million €, annual balance sheet > 43 million €) are obligated to carry out an energy audit at least every four years. All energy flows within the company are to be recorded in order to develop measures to increase efficiency. Directive 2012/27/EU aims to create a common framework for the promotion of energy efficiency in the European Union. The aim is to increase energy efficiency within the EU by 20 percent by 2020.

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