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Welcome and opening

Gerald Kern
Deputy Head of European and International Programmes, Austrian Research Promotion Agency

Karl Grün
Director Standards Development, Austrian Standards


Certification, Internationalization and Standardization in Cloud Security
Aljosa Pasic
Technology Transfer Director, Atos Research & Innovation (ARI), Spain


A secure, modular and distributed mobile border control solution for European land border crossing points
Bernhard Strobl
Thematic Coordinator, Intelligent Cameras & Video Analytics, Center for Digital Safety & Security, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH


Wie Standardisierung in Forschungs- und Innovationsprojekten genutzt werden kann, um die Ergebnisse fit für den Markt zu machen
Karl Grün
Director Standards Development, Austrian Standards

Wechselspiel zwischen Standardisierung und Innovation aus Sicht einer Teilnehmenden an der Normung
Marietta Ulrich-Horn
Founder and CEO of Securikett and initiator of ISO Standards in the field of counterfeiting

Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe – starke Innovationsorientierung
Gerald Kern
Deputy Head of European and International Programmes, Austrian Research Promotion Agency

That was the Research, Innovation and Standardization Summit 2019

European Conference: “Boosting Innovation Through Standards”

13 November 2019 in Brussels

The bridge between innovation and market

Keen interest in the summit linking research, innovation and standardization

How can research results be brought to market successfully? That question was discussed by more than 80 participants at the Austrian Standards Summit on Research, Innovation and Standardization at the Austria Standards Meeting Center in Vienna on 13 June 2019.

Using practical examples, European initiatives and concrete results - in particular, from the European BRIDGIT2 project -, top-class speakers showed how standards and standardization can reduce development times and help turn innovations into marketable products and services.

Prof. Dr. Manfred Matzka, Vice President of Austrian Standards International

"Standards show the way to the future as they are always close to what is needed tomorrow," emphasized Manfred Matzka, Vice President of Austrian Standards International, in his welcome address. One of the core tasks of standardization was to support and network fast, innovative and reputable players.

Matzka explained that in times of ever shorter development cycles, even a relatively small country like Austria could be among the frontrunners thanks to a passion to innovate and speed based on setting thematic initiatives. Nowadays, the work of standardization bodies also included innovation - given the fast pace that everybody was confronted with. Therefore, Austrian Standards had deliberately taken up the concept of innovation along with internationalization.

Dr. Karl Grün and Dipl.-Ing. Gerald Kern open the summit

As hosts of the event, Karl Grün, Director Development at Austrian Standards International, and Gerald Kern of the co-operation partner FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) opened the summit and gave an overview of the varied programme. Kern stressed the FGG's services in supporting project applicants in obtaining EU funding and highlighted that the aspect of standardization was extremely important, for example, in the Horizon 2020 programme.

Publishing is not sufficient

Aljosa Pasic of ATOS

Aljosa Pasic, Technology Transfer Director at Atos Research & Innovation in Madrid, presented the CIRRUS project addressing certification, internationalization and standardization in the field of cloud security. Based on a CEN workshop agreement (CWA), different reference models were analysed and recommendations made in several EU research projects on standardization were gathered and described.

Pasic stated that one of the biggest obstacles to a wider use of cloud solutions was a lack of trust - among enterprises and individuals. Legislation, such as the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union, would give more rights to consumers but raised issues for enterprises, e.g. the question of the physical place of data storage, which were not always easy to answer.

Hence, CIRRUS was launched to strike a balance between the justified demands of consumers for more transparency in the use of their data and the economic interests of enterprises. The intention was to provide input to policy-making in the European Union by making available a summary opinion.

The approach used was to support ongoing research projects in a co-ordinated dialogue in order to promote the convergence of different efforts - for example, for a taxonomy related to cloud security or on standardization and certification. The results of CIRRUS were specific requirements and recommendations  on components, events, data characteristics as well as confidentiality, integrity and availability in the context of various events.

In spite of concrete outcomes, however, the impact of the project was modest. According to Aljosa Pasic, a key lesson learnt was that it is not enough to publish a document with requirements and recommendations - you also have to promote and publicize it appropriately.

Technology innovation with standards

Bernhard Strobl of the Austrian Institute of Technology

Bernhard Strobl of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) presented MobilePass. The mobile solution for intra-European border controls along "green borders" developed within the framework of the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 includes fast facial recognition, contactless fingerprint scanners as well as UV, infrared and document scanners and checks of different databases for matches with the scans.

The system should be useable wherever stationary system cannot be used, i.e. for controls of and in vehicles and in the field. In addition to the necessary mobility, the solution needs to achieve a high level of security, modularity and decentralized operability. The hardware was designed by AIT while other project partners developed the software.

The project proposal submitted already made reference to standards according to Strobl. Initially, he found the formalisms of standardization a bit cumbersome, but he learned to appreciate it at the latest when the question of measuring time within the system was addressed, the researcher admitted.

Strobl reported that owing to comprehensive standardization work performed during the project, AIT now enjoyed an excellent reputation with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). And meanwhile, the contactless fingerprint capture technology that was developed specifically for the project was already used in practice in access systems.

Standardization fosters economic growth

Dr. Karl Grün of Austrian Standards

Based on the findings of BRIDGIT2, Karl Grün of Austrian Standards explained how standardization can be used in research and innovation projects to make the outcomes fit for the market. In addition to Austrian Standards, another nine standardization organizations, such as DIN, UNE, AFNOR, NEN and the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre, take part in this project funded by the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

The objective of the project is to raise awareness of the benefits of standardization among research and innovation players and increase the visibility and usability of standardization in these communities. Motivation can be fostered by economic reasons: According to recent studies 25 percent of economic growth is attributable to standardization, Grün explained.

And BRIDGIT2 highlights further benefits for using standardization in research and innovation projects: 53 percent of EU research teams surveyed indicate that standardization simplifies networking with stakeholders. 60 percent are convinced that standardization ensures that services, systems or products developed in research projects are compatible with existing solutions available in the market.

According to Grün, standardization was a process in which innovative products or services are developed for the market together with other stakeholders on the basis of a common vocabulary while ensuring interoperability and compliance with legal and qualitative requirements.

Benefits for innovative enterprises

Dr. Marietta Ulrich-Horn of Securikett

Marietta Ulrich-Horn gave the audience insights into practice. The founder and manager of Securikett - the company offers solutions for product authentication - is actively involved in the development of International Standards on authentication, traceability and tamper protection.

She reported on her personal experiences in the elaboration of ISO 22382 on the introduction and implementation of excise tax stamps. Security features make it easier for distributers and consumers to distinguish original products from counterfeited or illegally traded products.

Ulrich-Horn highlighted the fruitful discussions of other opinions and the structured approach within the framework of standardization. She explained that she and her company had definitely profited from participating in standardization - not least because her enterprise delegated representatives to various committees and Securikett was able to evidence the company's own quality standards by means of relevant certificates.

Austria as a net beneficiary

Gerald Kern of the FFG

Finally, Gerald Kern of the FFG reported on the structure and funding practices of the EU programme Horizon 2020 and its successor Horizon Europe that runs from 2021 to 2027. He detailed funding rates for research and innovation projects, explained the importance of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) and the differences in funding for commercial and non-profit applicants.

Kern stated that out of the 41 billion euro of funding provided under Horizon 2020, 1.2 billion euro had been awarded to projects from Austria. At 2.9% of the overall volume, this value was not only satisfyingly high, it also made Austria a net beneficiary in this field as more money went to the country than Austria had contributed, said the FFG manager.

The successor programme Horizon Europe focuses much more on innovation in addition to research. Horizon Europe is understood as an investment rather than a grant scheme. From 2020 to 2027, 100 billion euro will be available out of which more than half is dedicated to research and innovation addressing global challenges.

Using standardization strategically

Concluding panel discussion

The concluding panel discussion was dominated by practical considerations. In addition to the submission of proposals, the issues of assistance by Austrian Standards and the FFG as well as support for SMEs were addressed. There was a broad consensus on the role of standardization in turning innovative ideas into commercially successful products.

Host Karl Grün of Austrian Standards is satisfied with the event: "The Summit was very well attended and covered a very wide range of topics. A clear feedback provided by the participants was that the great benefits that standardization has for innovations and for strengthening competition should absolutely be used strategically also in relevant policies and research framework programmes. After all, standardization is more than just publishing documents. It offers enormous benefits, for example by using existing networks or by identifying the requirements and expectations in a systematic and structured manner that can serve as a basis for innovative solutions."

Save the date

BRIDGIT2 conference in Brussels

On 13 November 2019, the International Conference on BRIDGIT2 will take place in Brussels - its topic is "Boosting Innovation through Standards."

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Karl Grün

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Karl Grün

Director Standards Development
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