c u s t o m e r m a g a z i n e o f s c h r a c k s e c o n e t remote access new app: keeping a constant eye on the ire alarm system bva extensive modernisation at the buchenberg therapy centre computer centres maximum fail safety with cutting-edge detection j u n e 2 0 1 7 pa g e 0 3 pa g e 0 4 pa g e 0 8
s ta r t // pa g e 0 2 editorial a d o v a k s a b a j v a l s l e t o h i dear customers and business associates, i am pleased to introduce you to our fresh, new-look magazine! our aim is to provide you with content that gives you an up-to-date insight into our services and make sure you stay informed of the latest developments in communication and security technology. the bva therapy centre buchenberg, waidhofen/ybbs. among other things, we designed networked emergency phones for outdoor use as part of the conversion of the hospital’s commu- nication and ire protection system to current solutions with ip technology. for more information, go to page 4. firealarm. as an example, let’s look at ire protection: if even the tiniest soot particles become a critical problem for highly sensitive technology, then pre- ventive ire protection plays a central role. data centres that ensure uninter- rupted it access of entire industries and companies place high demands on the accuracy of early detection. among other things, it is imperative to detect ires in server rooms before they have properly broken out – despite the high air circulation rate. our asd 535 aspi- rating smoke detector ofers maximum security for precisely these challenges. read our cover story on pages 8 - 12 to ind out how we can ensure room monitoring with this product. healthcare. i would also like to take this opportunity to introduce a new feature of our magazine: the new “comment” section, in which we provide a regular platform for professionals from the in- dustry, partners and users of our prod- ucts, can be found on page 18 from now on. read this article by alexander deles, ceo of ebcont proconsult, with whom we have developed our ser- vice platform, among other things. he is a specialist in digital applications and gives an insight into his experience of the challenges of digitalization. i hope you enjoy reading! yours sincerely, healthcare. an individual solution tailor made for the needs of our cus- tomer was recently also realised for wolfgang kern imprint owner and publisher: schrack seconet ag security and communication systems, eibesbrunner- gasse 18, 1120 vienna responsible for content: rosa maria seilerbeck / schrack seconet ag project manager: brigitte sator / schrack seconet ag editor: alexandra kropf / kropf kommunikation creative design / art direction: jo santos / nea design services cover photo: safedx s.r.o. production: bernsteiner print company gmbh person of contact: brigitte sator / schrack seconet ag, tel. +43 1 81157-1202, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.schrack-seconet.com publication frequency: 3 times per year : o t o h p contents pa g e 0 6 hotels in croatia safe holidays on the adriatic pa g e 0 7 obervermuntwerk power plant power 1000 metres underground pa g e 1 3 internet of (medical) things interview with professor doppler, st. pölten university of applied sciences magazine makeover fresh, contemporary and good to read - this edi- tion of our magazine has a brand-new look. bri- gitte sator, the project manager who has been responsible for ﬁre&care for a num- ber of years, has been ambitious, competent and persevering in supporting the relaunch. our sincere thanks for all her hard work! we hope that you will be as enthusiastic about our new look magazine as we are.
n e w s // pa g e 0 3 with the mobile app from schrack seconet, users always have an eye on their ire alarm system. our application now has advanced features, a fresh look and a new name: iacmobile has become integral mobile. everything new with mobile remote access individual sounds and volume “in redesigning the app, it was important for us to get a great deal of feed- back from users,” explains product manager rené türk. “we therefore also focused intensively on sound design, because that was a central concern of the users.” there are now new sounds; users can deﬁne different tones for alarms, faults or other events and adjust the volume individually. better overview at the interface it‘s now even easier to ﬁnd your way around the app and work with it on a daily basis: a speciﬁc system can be found quickly via the live search and you can also switch between different systems without logging in again. lists are now presented more clearly and ﬁlters assist in quickly ﬁnding the most important events. the event memory can also be exported to pc. the notiﬁcations also have some new features: a notiﬁcation counter displays the push messages that have not yet been read right by the icon and, depending on the event, emails can be sent automatically to one or more recipients. t t o p s m a r k n a r f / k c o t s i : i s n o t a r t s u l l i login with fingerprint if our mobile application for smartphone or tablet was a real pioneer, the new release offers even more functions and greater user-friendliness. one of the highlights is the faster and more secure login by ﬁngerprint, if your terminal allows this. menu manage- ment and visual design have been radically redesigned, with the new style giving it a fresh appearance. the result is a fri- endly look, more clarity and an even more efﬁcient application of the app, which is available for android and ios. new icon on the smartphone or tablet screen, integral mobile now has a new icon that symbo- lises the operating panel of your ﬁre alarm control panel.
factbox bva therapy centre buchenberg, waidhofen/ybbs. general reor- ganisation and building extension 2015 - 2017, now with 156 beds for convalescence, neurological or met- abolic rehabilitation, around 55,000 overnight stays per year schrack seconet solutions. visocall ip communication system, securwatch ip disorien- tation system, integral ip mxf ﬁre alarm system with ﬁve sub control units and approximately 1100 detectors, call boxes as customised solution in grounds
b es t p r a c t i c e // pa g e 0 5 generation change successful s chrack seconet solutions often run without a hitch for decades, sometimes even longer. nevertheless, it makes sense to keep moving with the time, be- cause today‘s systems open up new opportunities and are even more ef- icient in operation. a modernisation project at the bva therapy centre in buchenberg, in waidhofen/ybbs shows how moving to a new genera- tion of a range of solutions all at the same time can be a success. the bva therapy centre has been modernised step- by-step: new con- trol panels formed the initial basis, then followed the peripheral equip- ment. old and new components work side-by-side – no problem. step-by-step reorganisation. the therapy centre had been using a schrack seconet hospital communi- cation and ire alarm system for dec- ades. a general reorganisation then gave the opportunity to upgrade to the latest solutions with ip technol- ogy. as part of this major project, the therapy centre was completely ren- ovated and an extension was also built, including with treatment and patient rooms. not only was the pro- ject extensive, it was also challeng- ing: renovation took place amidst day-to-day operation. systems had to continue working uninterrupted whilst construction work was un- derway with only a slightly reduced occupancy rate. in this situation, one thing was clear: a step-by-step approach was essential. old and new working side-by-side. work therefore began by chang- ing the control panel components on the communication and ire alarm systems. peripheral equip- ment was then gradually replaced. f p o t s a m o h t : s o t o h p schrack seconet‘s backward com- patibility principal makes it possible for everything to proceed without a problem - new and old peripheral el- ements can work side-by-side. „the switch to the new systems went really smoothly and we maintained complete ire safety throughout the upgrade process,“ emphasised martin reifecker from building ser- vices of buchenberg therapy centre. first call boxes. as part of the pro- ject, schrack seconet also imple- mented speciic call box units in the surrounding grounds. „these call boxes are a real novelty for the out- door area of a therapy centre and something that we have never had before,“ said reifecker. for this, schrack seconet built an individual, customised solution with columns itted with communication stations for direct communication. on the one hand, these function as a mus- ter point if the centre ever needs to be evacuated. on the other hand, pa- tients or nursing staf can use them to make emergen cy calls and thus re- quest help quickly. professional emergency calls. the cardiac alarm, which only employees can trigger, also guarantees ra pid responses. it ensures the swift de- ployment of an emergency team and all the necessary equipment. all alarms, whether for a ire or medical reason, are also directed to employees‘ dect cordless telephones. nursing director, michael mizda, is very pleased with the communication system: „nursing staf have given positive feedback regarding the acoustics for the corresponding assignments/ring tones. it is also good that calls can be lexibly coni- gured. for example, during the night, alarms can be forwarded, after a cer- tain time delay, from one care base to the next. the evaluation opportu- nities this provides us with are also crucial. after the event, we can re- produce when and where an alarm was raised, which is very important for risk- and quality management.“ everything from a single source. as well as the communication- and ire alarm system, a new disorienta- tion system was also installed. se- curwatch ip now reliably locates anyone who becomes disorientat- ed and wanders through one of the three exits. consequently, schrack seconet, as partner, covers three key technical issues all at the same time. this brings clear beneits as far as martin reifecker is concerned: „everything from a single source makes it much easier for me as a customer. schrack seconet employ- ees can work with all three systems and we save ourselves the trouble of combining a number of interfaces and deining responsibilities.“ „we have switched to cutting-edge systems across our entire organisation - the transition really was no problem.“ martin reifecker, company technician of the buchenberg therapy centre
b es t p r a c t i c e // pa g e 0 6 1. remisens hotel palace bellevue 4*, opatija. a holiday ﬁt for a king in the heart of opatija: high-quality interiors, a unique panoramic view of the adriatic sea and a new spa centre. www.remisens.com 2. grand hotel slavia 4*, baska voda. 1930s hotel that is steeped in tradition which has been charmingly revitalised. right on the beach, a large spa and ﬁtness area and a restaurant with a panoramic view of the coastline. www.hoteli-baskavoda.hr 3. valamar isabella island resort 4* + 5*, porec. island resort without trafﬁc for superior expactations. fantas- tic pools, varied dining options, a range of sports and entertainment activities for all age groups. www.valamar.com save holiday on the adriatic c roatia is all set for this summer: from istria to the makarska rivi- era, 6,000 kilometres of fun on the beach is an irresistible attraction. 15.6 mil- lion guests visited the country in 2016 - that was an increase of almost nine per- cent compared with the previous year. the increasing inlux is set to continue this year, and quality is also on an upward trend. many hotels are investing in their equip- ment - an update to ire safety is often in- cluded. parade hotels. schrack seconet is one of the most in-demand providers in croatia, on this page we will show you our current pro- jects. with ire detection and ire alarm sys- tems to state-of-the-art standards, these ho- tels make a crucial contribution to carefree holidays. schrack seconet’s multiple sensor detector parameters can be set for diferent characteristics and adjust to atmospheric conditions automatically. as a result, ires can often already be detected at an early stage and deceptive alarms can be reduced. underestimated risks. hazards in hotels should not be underestimated: kitchens, spas and event technology often mean in- creased risks of ire. in addition, a larger than average amount of people cohabit in hotels, in a conined space. 4. valamar rubin hotel 3*, porec. relaxation and fun at the large outdoor pool among the oak and pine trees, or on the natural beach of brulo, restaurant terrace with a view looking out over the sunset. www.valamar.com 5. medora auri family beach resort 4*, podgora. right on the beach at the heart of the makarska riviera, which for many is the most beautiful stretch of adriatic coastline. state-of-the-art standards, well equipped sun decks and two heated outdoor pools. www. medorahotels.com t r o s e r d n a l s i a l l e b a s s i r a m a l a v . 3 / a d o v a k s a b a j v a l s l e t o h i . 2 / e v u l l e b e c a l a p l e t o h . 1 : s o t o h p i r u a i . r o d e m l e t o h 5 / l e t o h n b u r r a m a l a v i . 4 : s o t o f
b es t p r a c t i c e // pa g e 0 7 fire protection deep inside the mountain t his is an exciting pro- ject: heavy equipment has been digging into the rock of the vorarlberg kresperspitze since 2014. slowly but surely, the new pumped-storage power plant obervermuntwerk ii is taking shape. from the outside it is hardly visible, because the power plant, which uses the natural reservoirs of lakes silvretta and vermunt, is located 1,000 m below the ground. it is ex- pected to connect to the network in autumn of 2018 in a trial operation and supply about 360 megawatts of power. with the rough and dirty work completed, the shells of the pressure tunnels, shafts, underwater guides and the powerhouse inished, pump and turbine spirals are in place. inte- rior construction can now be started and building services installed. networked ﬁre alarm control panels. fire protection is particularly essen- tial in such an underground hydro- 1., 2. the ﬁre protection system for what is currently the largest power plant project in austria, the obervermuntwerk ii in vorarlberg, comes from schrack seconet. 3. in the powerhouse deep underground, illwerke vkw project manager for ﬁre alarm systems walter fritsch (centre), with schrack seconet customer service manager west andreas moosbrugger (left) and manager west martin pataky (right) are pleased with the proven good co- operation between the companies. the second larg- est power station of the vorarlberg com- pany illwerke ag is currently under con- struction between lake silvretta and vermuntsee, 1,000 m into the mountain. schrack seconet is responsible for ﬁre protection of the large underground facility. electric power station, whose ma- chines of great importance, feeds and discharges are installed in a cavity that is blown into the rock. placing their trust in a long-standing partner, illwerke vkw commissioned schrack seconet with the entire task of planning and installation. early in 2018, the company will install and network four powerful integral ip ire detection and extinguishing centres to which a total of 400 ire detectors throughout the entire branched plant will be connected. this includes a ground-breaking measure – for the irst time in western austria, a custom-made list sensor cable will be used as a linear heating device, which will be laid along the access tunnel where it will provide ire protection.
a safe home for sensitive data playing it safe the solutions – the advantages standard-compliant solutions for the fastest-possible reaction to dangers: combination of ﬁre alarm control panel and extinguishing control panel as well as for multizone extinguishing systems reduction in time between ﬁre detection, sounding the alarm and extinguishing cost-reduction through cross-system uniform operating concept and identical planning programming software at all centres photo: safedx s.r.o.
f o c u s // pa g e 1 0 i c t s a t o g n a l / k c o t s i : o t o h p “our aspira- tion smoke detectors detect even the smallest con- centrations of smoke released in the earliest phase of a ﬁre, which they are also capable of doing in the presence of high air recircu- lation rates.” wolfgang ernst the indoor air are permanently tak- en and analysed in the metering box. if a deined threshold of smoke con- tent is exceeded, an alarm is trig- gered. dust is also reliably iltered out during the analysis - the ilter unit distinguishes accurately be- tween the smaller smoke particles and the larger dust particles. multiple alarm thresholds. it is possi- ble to deine multiple thresholds for triggering an alarm. for example, in- itial information is available upon reaching 20 percent of the deined reference valve; moreover, ventila- tion and air conditioning systems are switched of in order to calm the air movements in the room and thus enable faster detection. second con- tact is made at 50 percent, and only at 100 percent an alarm is triggered and extinguishing automatically ini- tiated by activating an extinguishing system. this staged procedure gains time to verify an alarm and prompt- ly initiate countermeasures. critical data can be ‘evacuated’ or systems selectively switched of. flexible placement. the metering box of an aspirating smoke detector does not have to be situated in the server room itself; it can be placed in an easily accessible location, such as the inside of the technical room. one device is suicient for moni- toring a larger area - in the case of the asd 535, pipes of up to 300 me- tres in length are possible. lines of up to 160 metres in length are used in server rooms of high-sensitivity class a. in larger premises, the num- ber of aspirating smoke detectors can nevertheless be high: schrack seconet has already installed close to 100 systems in large data centres. proven two-detector principle. con- iguring the systems correctly is critical not only in such extensive fa- cilities. the high level of sensitivity requires a degree of expertise in f ire protection in data cen- tres is a particularly hot topic. the high-perfor- mance computers in the server rooms are extremely sensitive - even tiny amounts of soot can perma- nently damage the hardware compo- nents. similarly, conventional extin- guishers such as foam or water are unsuitable and the high air recircu- lation rate additionally complicates the detection of ires. preventive ire protection therefore employs spe- cial solutions in order to reliably protect the information stored in data centres. digital brain. in times of digitisa- tion, data are some of our most val- uable assets - to lose them can be life-threatening. even if the core business is analogue per se, most processes are organised in digital terms nowadays. the data centre therefore becomes the brain of com- panies and organisations, the fo- cal point of business-critical knowl- edge. regardless of whether it is operated in-house or by an it ser- vice provider, the data should be re- liably stored here. protecting against the risks of a ire is an important component of this. high air recirculation rates. electri- cal current is generally the most common cause of ire; the ire load in cables, terminal connections and adapters is very high. even a smoul- dering cable can release smoke par- ticles which settle on hard drives and lead to corrosion. the aim is to intervene as early as possible in or- der to prevent ires from breaking out at all. this objective is not exact- ly made easier by the high air recir- culation rates in data centres. the equipment generates a lot of heat but also needs a constantly low tem- perature - server rooms are there- fore constantly being cooled. fastest alerting. however, the con- stant air replacement thins the con- centration of smoke, making it more diicult to detect ires. aspi- rating smoke detectors, such as the asd 535 from schrack seconet, are a proven solution to this prob- lem. “they are extremely sensi- tive special ire alarm systems ca- pable of detecting even the smallest concentrations of smoke released in the earliest phase of a ire, which they are also capable of doing in the presence of high air recircula- tion rates,” explains wolfgang ernst, head of fire alarm systems sales at schrack seconet. state-of-the-art detection. for aspi- rating smoke detectors, aspiration pipes are laid in the raised loor or in the ceiling of the server room. these pipes have small suction inlets at regular intervals where samples of
asd 535 precise early warning system schrack seconet offers one of the most tried-and-tested aspi- rating smoke detectors with the model asd 535. two aspiration pipes with a length of 300 met- res each are possible per device. the high-dynamic technology of the smoke sensor guaran- tees unique detection accuracy. depending on the setting, the sensors can detect a bandwidth from 0.002 to 10 percent of smoke opacity per metre. asd 531 compact alternative the asd 531 model is a compact version and ideal for cost-effective ﬁre detection in small to medium-sized areas. the smoke sensor is integrated into the slightly smaller metering box, the intake pipe can be up to 75 metres in length. pipeﬂow simple planning the inhouse project planning software pipeﬂow is used to design the aspiration pipes on a drawing area for the asd 535 and asd 531. this permanently ensures safe project planning according to en 54-20, even for asymmetrical layouts. the soft- ware outputs an order list for the components and the standardised parameters.
f o c u s // pa g e 1 2 n o s k c a j . i a n a r b / k c o t s i : o t o h p “our control panels cons- tantly impress with their high degree of user-fri- endliness, and complex con- trol processes are no problem for our systems either.” wolfgang ernst order to reliably verify any possible danger. in this area, the principle of two-detector dependency has proven its worth: “extinguishing is initiated only when two smoke detectors have responded, such as one aspirating smoke detector and one point detector, or two aspirating smoke detectors from diferent de- tector groups,” describes ernst. this coniguration minimises deceptive alarms and saves costs because the gas illings for the extinguishers are expensive and any unnecessary use of the gas should naturally be avoided. combined ﬁre alarm extinguisher control panels. extinguishing is performed with inert gases such as argon or nitrogen as well as with chemical gases such as novec, which does not leave any residues behind, allowing the techni cal equipment to remain fully functioning after an extinguishing procedure. the trig- gering of the gas looding is automati - cally controlled by the ire control system of the extinguishing control panel. schrack seconet is the only provi der to ofer a combined ire alarm and extinguishing control panel that corresponds to speciied standards. for smaller data centres, this ena- bles the implementation of a very eicient solution - ire alarm and extinguisher control panels from a single source mean uniform hand- ling and a consistent operating concept for the customer. projects from schrack seconet data centres of safe dx and bmh multizone extinguishing systems in compliance with standards. the sys- tems from schrack seconet prove themselves not only in compact but also in larger projects. ernst ex- plains this as follows: “many data centres have several server rooms and are divided into separate ire compartments, to which a common extinguishing system is allocated. our multizone extinguishing sys- tems can also achieve this in accord- ance with standards.” several extin- guishing zones are controlled from a single control panel - this is made possible through the high securi- ty of the redundancy concept from schrack seconet. simple handling. overall, the control processes for ire protection in data centres are highly complex. a cer- tain amount of processing power is needed in the background to con- nect all of the smoke detectors and special ire detector systems and to precisely deine a large number of ire control systems. “this is where our control panels constantly im- press with their high degree of user-friendliness, and complex control processes are no problem for our systems either,” under- scores ernst. czech republic. the new safe dx data centre in prague houses 200 server racks in four rooms. it is located in the well-known lucerna building in vysočany district, which has long been used for storing ilm material. the data centre was implemented by electronics manufacturer foxconn and an investment group. they retained the existing ire protection precautions but upgraded them with state-of-the-art technology from schrack seconet. in addi- tion to 100 ire detectors, several aspiration smoke detectors are also in use. as has so often already been the case with data centres, the customer was also impressed here by the eicient implementation of a central ire alarm system. malta. the investment company bmh developed one of malta’s irst data centres in a central location. clients can use the available resources entirely as required, from an individual server rack to an entire loor. multi-sensor detectors from schrack seconet protect the valuable data, with an imme- diate alarm guaranteed in the event of a ire. bmh invests in business-friendly malta in areas ranging from it to gaming - and thus in a wide selection of topics with a promising future.
internet of (medical) things s u a r k : o t o h p in this interview, professor jakob doppler from the st. pölten university of applied sciences talks about the beneits of new digital technologies in healthcare, exam- ples for future applications and focus areas for the digital healthcare master’s degree. ﬁre&care — nursecall systems have been sup- porting communication between patients and nursing staf for decades. how is digitisation changing that? jakob doppler — digitisation in hospitals re- quires high regard for the organisation’s in- ternal processes and the needs of patients. as well as the positive efects for documentation, fail safety and cost saving, usability is crucial for successful transformation. a cutting-edge nursecall system serves as a multimedia and multifunctional service platform that can in- corporate the interests of many users. ﬁre&care — can you give some examples of digital applications in the healthcare sector that we can expect to see? j. doppler — digital products will, in future, support services at many levels: the integra- tion of smart clothing in future will enable monitoring of vital signs without restrictive cabling. likewise, smart glasses will be able to clarify the individual processes of forthcom- ing treatment or robot assistants will support patient calls to go to the toilet independently. ﬁre&care — service quality and documenta- tion are two subjects that are often referred to in connection with digitisation. how tangible is the beneit? j. doppler — wireless authentication, as with visocall ip, supports nursing staf at pa- tients’ bedsides. in conjunction with other smart devices, such as the digital temperature chart, it enables a worklow whose quality is consistently assured whilst reducing the time spent on keeping manual documenta- tion. the internet of (medical) things are becoming a reality. ﬁre&care — what does the digital healthcare master’s degree at st pölten focus on? j. doppler — jakob doppler – the seamless connection of local rehabilitation- and mobile services is a huge growth market. in this re- spect, we want to demonstrate solutions with new technologies - from simple online com- munication to enable people to live longer at home, to sensor-supported cardiac massage by means of a mobile app. personal bio jakob doppler has been head of the digital healthcare master’s course at st. pölten university of applied sciences since autumn 2016. he graduated from hagenberg with a master’s degree in digital media and then worked at the ars electronica center (aec) linz, before joining the johannes kepler university linz. at aec, he was part of a large visualisation project that used sap to deal with device management and interactive user interfaces. his particular research interest concerns the design of sensor-based input devices to improve human-machine communication. ) 2 ( y h p a r g o t o h p a k f l n t r a m i i : s o t o h p y v a g l a b a n r a t a k i : o t o h p rfid improved workﬂows new technologies enable a more eicient provision of services in hospitals. a good example are the new rfid terminals for the visocall ip communication platform. attendances can be easily set via contactless smart cards. this dispenses with the need for manual registration and services provided are documented automatically.
r e l l a h e n n a r a m i , b k s / k c a a n k r a g d e , r e l l a h - a n t / v b o m b i ) . u . n . o . v ( : s o t o h p s h o r t c u t s // pa g e 1 4 d n a b r e v s m u e s u m m h k - : o t o h p mighty monarch 300 years of maria theresa maria theresa was born 300 years ago on 13th may 1717. this year, a number of exhibitions will cast a spotlight on this legendary woman and her lasting reforms - from compulsory education to the introduction of a modern administration. schrack seconet has long since been responsible for ﬁre prevention at two key exhibition loca- tions, these being vienna‘s imperial furniture collection and wagenburg museum. discreet and reliable protection of this cultural and historical heritage is therefore not only provided for these anniversary exhibitions - many exhibition items are unique and would be irretrievably lost in the event of a ﬁre. hofmobiliendepot: imperial furniture collection family and legacy are the subject of the exhibition at vienna‘s imperial furniture collection - maria theresa originally laid the foundation of this institution with the court fur- niture inspector. the exhibition presents maria theresa‘s family policy together with her well-honed marriage po- licy and her legacy as the mother of the nation, together with her love of the schönbrunn palace and gardens. wagenburg: imperial carriage museum women‘s power and joie de vivre is the theme of the exhibition at the wagenburg, which was responsible, even in the days of maria theresa, for the habsburg imperial ﬂeet. as a woman, maria theresa pushed the boundaries in her time. she was both a good wife and mother, but also a ruler and strict catholic - certainly not a conventional empress! the exhibitions run until 29.11.2017. www.mariatheresia2017.at
s h o r t c u t s // pa g e 1 5 i k n f z n a r f / v f l : s o t o h p villach has the best ﬁre brigades in the world villach on ﬁre: this is the slogan for the mega-event in which international ﬁre brigades will compete in several competitions during the week of 9th to 16th july in the second largest city of carinthia. because this time, the world fire brigade association ctif has chosen austria as the host country for its four-yearly competi- tion. 3,000 ﬁre-ﬁghters as well as the ﬁre brigade youth will take each other on at for example the hook ladder competition, where the object is to scale the outside of a house as quickly as pos- sible, and at extinguishing exercises and obstacle relay races. thousands of fans are waiting for this week’s inten- se opportunity to see what austrian and international ﬁre-ﬁghters are capable of. details: villachonﬁre.at exchange at the ögkv conference the 15th ﬁre protection symposium fse ruhrhofer & schweitzer will take place on 30th and 31st of august at the st. pölten university of applied sciences. the organizers are expecting 500 international experts from such areas as government agencies, ﬁre brigades, architectural and engineering ﬁrms and industry. schrack seconet will be attending the event as an exhibitor and, in addition to the latest generation of ﬁre alarm systems, will present the modernized app integral mobile for remote access. fire protection symposium st. pölten the 15th ﬁre protection symposium fse ruhrhofer & schweitzer will take place on 30th and 31st of august at the st. pölten university of applied sciences. the organizers are expecting 500 international experts from such areas as government agencies, ﬁre brigades, architectural and engineering ﬁrms and industry. schrack seconet will be attending the event as an exhibitor and, in addition to the latest generation of ﬁre alarm systems, will present the modernized app integral mobile for remote access. newsflash facts & figures m&k award 2017: first place for visocall ip great recognition for visocall ip: on the occasion of the fourth international m&k award of the trade journal “management & kranken- haus”, a top-class jury of experts no- minated securiton, schrack seconet’s german sister company, in category c – “building, setup & supply” for its visocall ip communication and safety solution. now market partici- pants and m&k readers have voted and selected visocall ip as the winner. this clear vote, especially on the part of the users, underlines once more that our solution is convincing in its application. new in our portfolio: voice alarm when there is a ﬁre, every second counts. in an emergency, automatic loudspeaker announcements can facilitate rapid evacuation. the securitas group, which also includes schrack seconet, has long since been cooperating with the swiss company g+m elektronik ag, a leader in voice alarm systems. securitas has now taken over this company. with our new partner on board, customers beneﬁt from the best technical solutions from a single source. these merge concepts for ﬁre detection and electro-acoustic emergency alerts.
j o u r n a l // pa g e 1 6 petra riesterer, studied at the baden-württemberg cooperative state university, in cooperation with the electrical engineering company hekatron. she worked in service development until 2004. in 2005, she moved back to hekatron, where she was involved with detector development; latterly she was responsible for the organisational develop- ment of product management. in 2017, she took over as head of international service portfolio management at the securitas group.
j o u r n a l // pa g e 1 7 in the ﬂow of data this ensures the connection of individual sensors to the cloud for customers, who can rely on securitas group experts. it was a logical step, as we consider the re- mote connection of systems as a key ele- ment of digitisation and want to ofer our customers maximum security and trans- parency. ﬁre&care — a key phrase when talking about digitisation is the internet of things (iot), which sees more and more devices being networked with each other. what is changing here in ire prevention? p. riesterer — first of all, we need to de- ine that term more speciically: iot is the linking of apparently independent devices via the internet, giving rise to new outlets by means of logical connections. with the integral ip ire alarm system, we set the trend at a very early stage for this form of networking, which we are now continu- ing to pursue. we support the provision of information from a local ire alarm sys- tem to higher-level systems and the con- nection to other systems by means of var- ious interfaces. ﬁre&care — how tangible is the beneit re- sulting from digital transformation? what advantages do your customers enjoy? p. riesterer – digitisation is concerned with the processes and every action per- formed in connection with all systems. it is not an end in itself. existing processes be- come more eicient as a result of the dig- ital transformation. the opportunities al- ready available to us now with the mobile application integral mobile will continue to be developed for the future. the aim is to increase the availability and reliability of ire alarm systems for customers. the digital transformation on the web digital transformation is radically changing how companies and organisa- tions across all sectors provide their services. speed is increasing, business processes are completed more efﬁciently and innovation cycles are becoming shorter. organisations also need new business- and working models to ensure they are equipped to meet the future needs of their customers. internet of things closely connected with the subject of digitisation is the internet of things. experts are anticipating that 8.4 billion networked devices will be used around the world this year. that is one third more than last year. the consultancy ﬁrm, gartner anticipates that, by 2020, 20.4 billion networked devices will be in use. “digitisation is concerned with the processes and every action performed in con- nection with all systems. it is not an end in itself. existing processes become more efﬁ- cient as a result of the digital transformation.” p etra riesterer has been working in product management with our german sister company, heka- tron for many years. more recently, she has taken responsibility for international service portfolio management of the se- curitas group. in this interview, she talks about the opportunities and aspects of the digital transformation in ire prevention. ﬁre&care — traditionally, plant-speciic ire protection is determined by technology and products. what changes are you facing in the context of the digitisation megatrend in this area? p. riesterer — digitisation enables huge quantities of data to be processed. the key step here is to analyse all the informa- tion and transform it into new knowledge. for our ire alarm systems, this means making new and useful connections be- tween application- , system- and sensor data. the beneits are increased eicien- cy and greater system availability. the key thing here is that digitisation and technol- ogy are the foundation; you need people to take it further. ﬁre&care — digitisation also enables new services in the cloud. what is the securitas group doing speciically regarding this? p. riesterer — the securitas group in switzerland made an important decision here to invest in its own private cloud.
c o m m e n t // pa g e 1 8 digital risks and opportunities t he topic of digitisation is on everyone’s lips – and with good reason, because over the past few years, almost noth- ing in the world has changed quite as much as the internet and digital technologies. the way in which we communicate, in which our work is not only temporally and geograph- ically independent but also mobile, in which we share information and in have access to the whole of hu- manity’s knowledge in seconds – all these point towards a fundamental change. changed professions. digitisation is often presented as a threat and a killer of jobs. this is, however, a very short-sighted view. a look back over our history shows that the combi- nation of man and machine has ulti- mately brought about higher stand- ards and quality of life. the changes caused by the current wave of digi- tization are fundamental; they will change society as well as our work- ing environment. some jobs will dis- appear in the long run, but it is also important to see that new profes- sions are created at the same time. digital disruptors. if companies do not deal with the issue of digitisa- tion at an early stage, they will in a worst case scenario risk being squeezed out of the market or re- duced to the role of asset supplier. digital disruptors such as check- felix, uber, booking.com and airb- nb have already shown the way of things to come: they have managed to package conventional products into new services and bring them into the digital world. these com- panies don’t have any assets – they have no hotel rooms, no aeroplanes and no taxis. data as an asset. the capital of these companies is digital platforms, which they use to squeeze them- selves in between traditional provid- ers and their customers. through in- novative and intelligent analysis of the data they obtain, they gain in- sights that make it possible for them to improve and expand their services for speciic purposes. they actually have information that hotel chains, taxis centres and airlines should have had long ago, and technological possibilities that are also generally accessible for these companies. new business models. however, the outlook is not just doom and gloom for conventional companies – there are deinitely positive prospects for them too. there lies real opportu- nity in taking steps towards the un- avoidable digitisation of their own business and in some way becoming a digital disrupter through the use of modern technologies and approach- es. it makes it possible to develop other business models and open up new (digital) markets. by analys- ing data and the resulting 360-de- gree view of your own company, quality can be increased and deci- sions made more quickly. ultimate- there lies real opportunity in taking steps towards the unavoidable digitisation of their own business and in some way becoming a digital disrup- ter through the use of modern technologies and approaches. ly, this can lead to participation in digital near-real-time business, with transactions in which prices, quota- tions and payments are made with- in seconds. the cornerstone of digital services. schrack seconet has recognized the opportunities of digitisation and laid the foundations for digital services with its own apps and future service platform. this means a signiicant expansion of the business mod- el: digital services are added to par- ticular products as a central, addi- tional ofer. we are pleased that we, as an it service provider, are able to contribute to the implementation of this strategy. personal bio alexander deles is ceo of ebcont pro- consult and part of the management team of the it companies of the ebcont group. the austrian it service provider offers a wide portfolio of consulting services, from software development and infrastructure services to quality management. alexander deles has 20 years of experience in the it industry and has been with ebcont since 2007. www.ebcont.com
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