The Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR), robotics — increasing digitization and automation will radically change our economy and society.
"For successful companies, it is important not only to understand the digital transformation but also to contribute actively to shaping it. Therefore, Austrian Standards focuses more and more on expanding its international networks to further raise Austria's involvement in the development of worldwide standards on strategic issues for the future," says Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha, Managing Director of Austrian Standards.
Specifically, this means: Since the beginning of April, Austrian Standards has been a full member of ETSI which developed, for example, the GSM and LTE standard and is responsible for European standards on telecommunications and related fields. Thereby, Austrian Standards broadens its competences on innovative topics such as IoT. The objective is to support industry and, in particular, small and medium-sized enterprises in finding standardized solutions for complex issues by means of expertise and an international network.
IEEE: European headquarters at Austrian Standards
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – with 430,000 members the world's biggest technical professional organization – now has its European headquarters on the premises of Austrian Standards at Praterstern in Vienna.
IEEE also brought the Fairhair Alliance to Vienna. Fairhair is an is an alliance of leading European and US companies from lighting and building automation as well as a member of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organisation (IEEE-ISTO).
Its meeting that took place at Austrian Standards from 18 to 21 April 2017 discussed how devices – e.g. sensors, lamps, lights, thermostats, dimmers, etc. – can function properly and securely in the Internet of Things. Secretary General Ruud van Bokhorst explained: "All devices are connected to the network and now have to communicate with each other. We collect the requirements to develop a series of technical specifications for a common IP-based infrastructure that is based on standards to enable a move from proprietary, standalone solutions to a common building network infrastructure."
At the IEEE's invitation, the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) will also hold its 21st meeting at Austrian Standards on 26 and 27 September. GSC brings together leading organizations developing standards on communication technologies and the related environment in order to pool their activities and co-ordinate them with foresight.
"In particular in the fields of IoT and digitization, networked solutions are needed to prevent the fragmentation of standards and create cohesion in the market," are the reasons that AS Director Stampfl-Blaha gives for those strategic alliances.
Big Data, Cloud, Data Protection & Co — Succeeding with standards
Austrian Standards itself will also become a meeting place for the community and intensify dialogue and the exchange of experiences among representatives of business, industry, policy-making and science. After a successful start with the expert conference on Industry 4.0 in March 2017, Austrian Standards will organize a congress on IoT in autumn: "Big Data, Cloud, Data Protection & Co - Succeeding with Standards" will take place on 18 October 2017.