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VdS Schadenverhütung GmbH

Booth number: 2-F09

About us

Safety made simple: Rely on Europe´s No.1 Certifier.

The VdS Quality Seal is the top buying criteria for safety + security experts in Europe and far beyond. State-accredited, recommended by UAE and further authorities worldwide, applicable to NFPA, ISO, EN and many more standards.

VdS also publishes planning and installation guidelines for all relevant technologies – preferred by authorities and users for their practicality (for free at our stand: awarded, compact guidelines for cyber-security).

Be on the safe side: With German engineering and 110 years of trust in proven reliability.

Products and services

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 and cyber-security. Services include risk assessments, testing and certification, inspections and an extensive training program.

In addition, the independent institute sets international 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 100 years of VdS-experience, combining all core aspects of loss prevention. Decision-makers around the world rely on VdS-approved reliability and certainty.
110 years of trust in proven reliability

110 years of trust in proven reliability

The VdS Quality Seal for products + services approved with German engineering is also recommended by UAE and many more authorities all over the world.

News & Innovations

The future for smoke alarm devices: VdS 3438-3 

Many of the innovative possibilities of smoke alarm devices are not supported by EN 14604 (published in 2005). VdS now harmonises the standard specifications with the opportunities of-fered by state-of-the-art technology: New guidelines VdS 3438-3 offer manufacturers precise, standard-compliant support for shaping this future market – and for utilising IoT opportunities.

The European product norm 14604 specifies requirements for manufacturers who want to sell smoke alarm devices in the EU states. The current version dates from 2005 – and thus lags behind the rapid technical development by more than a decade. The extensive possibilities of modern digitalisation and networking in this large and important market are not taken into account. For example, the standard was published two years before the first smartphone came onto the market, changing the entire user behavior significantly.

“There is a huge gap here between the relevant standard and the current possibilities of smoke alarm devices”, emphasises Ulrich Rabe, deputy head of the VdS fire protection laboratories. “Differentiation, e.g. through integration in smart home systems, is crucial for gaining market share, since the typical optical signalling principle has existed since 1976 and is therefore very well-established. In accordance with VdS´ innovation focus, we now support manufacturers with precise `Guidelines for Home Protection Management Systems – Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Function´, thereby combining the opportunities of technical development with the demand for maximum safety – at all times in accordance with EN 14604”.

VdS 3438-3 are also the first guidelines permiting smoke alarm de-vices to sound an alarm in the event of a break-in – naturally with a clearly distinguishable signal. Irrespective of all this, the top priority is, of course, saving lives in the event of a fire. Therefore, the core requirement is that the system always functions autonomously.

The new guidelines for the EN-compliant integration of smoke alarm devices in the booming area of smart building systems are now available free of charge from Europe´s No.1 for fire protection. The VdS 3438-3en can be found at


VdS Schadenverhütung GmbH
Amsterdamer Str. 174
50735 Cologne

Phone: +49 221 77660

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