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Be careful when buying a safe: Many certificates are a bluff

Reliable accreditation of the certification body gives consumers security

Frankfurt/M. – 25. April 2024. Anyone who buys a safe wants security. And that is exactly what is often lacking. The problem is that a number of certificates that buyers use as a guide are a bluff. "In principle, anyone can issue a certificate," says Falko Adomat, Managing Director of the European Security Systems Association (ESSA). "Only the accreditation of the issuing body proves that a neutral, competent organisation is behind it." It is therefore worth taking a closer look or asking: Reliable certification brands have a reference to their accreditation standard. If this information is missing: Hands off!

International safe experts meet in Frankfurt

  • Around 140 participants from five continents at the ESSA General Assembly
  • New area of use for safes: lithium-ion batteries
  • Smart locks in safes: technologies, security design, pitfalls
  • Sustainability: from responsible safe production to recycling    
Frankfurt/M. - 27 Nov. 2023 Once a year, Frankfurt is the safest city in the world: when safe and security experts from five continents meet at the annual General Assembly of the International Security Association (ESSA). Falko Adomat, since April the new Managing Director of the leading international organisation for physical security, welcomed around 140 participants from Europe, North and South America, Asia and Oceania to the Frankfurt on 22 and 23 November. The focus was on trend topics: the current usage behaviour of safe owners, new areas of application, smart locks and sustainable safe production. The ESSA also presented its award for the fifth time.

ESSA members meet in Frankfurt at their General Assembly

The face-to-face event in 2022 was well attended.

After an online event in 2020 and an hybrid event with a maximum of 75 participants in 2021 this year over 120 participants attended the ESSA General Assembly.

Security 2022 convinces as a trade fair for the security industry

Security in Essen once again provided a strong platform for the security industry.

This year's Security in Essen ended on September 23, 2022. This year, numerous member companies of the European Security Systems Association (ESSA) e.V. exhibited their products again. 

Start of registration for Security Essen after cancellation due to pandemic

Security industry has great need to exchange ideas in person again and to present new products.

The security industry is experiencing a growth in pandemic times. The rise in telecommuting is fuelling not only the IT security. The protection of highly sensitive areas such as clinics, pharmaceutical companies or vaccination centres has also become more relevant. The topic of security affects numerous areas of life and work and has taken on new dimensions. Therefore, the desire of the security industry to be able to meet and exchange ideas in person again and to present new products is great.

ESSA members from all over the world hold their general assembly virtually

- Members discuss direct and indirect effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on the industry

- European Security Systems Association (ESSA) e.V. has 115 members from 37 countries worldwide

Frankfurt, November 25, 2020 – Normally, no distance is too far for members of the European Security Systems Association (ESSA) to attend their annual general assembly in Frankfurt. They come together from New Zealand, Brazil, China, India, Russia, Ukraine, the USA and almost all EU countries to strengthen their network and exchange on the progress of their global standardization efforts. Last week, the ESSA family came together again - and yet everyone stayed at home. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020 General Assembly was conducted as a web meeting.

Interim Report on the SECOTA Project at the ESSA General Assembly 2019

First SECOTA comparative tests of international testing laboratories completed / Long-term benchmarking to increase comparability for customers and insurers

Frankfurt, 10. December 2019 – "The first practical test series in international testing laboratories in the course of the SECOTA project (Security, Equivalent, Certification, Organization, Testing and Auditing) has been completed“, reported Falko Adomat, Deputy Managing Director of the European Security Systems Association (ESSA), at the ESSA General Assembly 2019 in Frankfurt.  

ESSA General Assembly 2019 sheds light on security aspects of safes and strongrooms

Nearly 140 members discuss seucirty aspects of secure storage units / New tool list of the new standard EN 1143-1, the future of cash and some potential dangers of older safes in focus

Frankfurt, 3 December 2019 – When the European Security Systems Association (ESSA) invites its members to its general assembly, then there is no way too far: Nearly 140 experts from the entire physical security industry travelled from New Zealand, China, India, Brazil, the USA and many European countries to Frankfurt on 13 and 14 November 2019. These included leading manufacturers and suppliers of safes and solutions for strongrooms as well as insurance and government representatives.

ESSA International Leadership Award 2019 for Wolfgang Bruna

ESSA honours Bruna's long-standing commitment to the security of safes and strongrooms / Wertheim engineer and ESSA board member has been involved in European committees for more than 20 years

Frankfurt, 28. November 2019 – Since 1977 Wolfgang Bruna has been designing safes for his employer Wertheim in Guntramsdorf near Vienna. For more than two decades, he is committed to high manufacturer-independent security standards at European level - and has since missed only one of dozens of working group meetings. Now, since 14 November 2019, he is the laureate of the ESSA International Leadership Award 2019. The European Security Systems Association (ESSA) e.V. awards the prize annually to personalities who make a special contribution to the further development of the industry through their extraordinary commitment. 

- The Security 2020 was cancelled and will now take place from 20 to 23 September 2022 -

Frankfurt, October 2019 – Security Essen is continuing to consolidate its position as a platform of the security industry on which all relevant target groups can obtain information. Numerous companies have confirmed their participation in the world's leading trade fair, which will take place at Messe Essen from 22 to 25 September 2020.

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