Normung 2020

The “Normung 2020” programme is a change process and an integrated digital approach to electrotechnical standardization

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With the “Normung 2020” programme the DKE is embarking on a new era of standardization for products, services and applications in the entire field of electrical engineering, electronics and information technology.

Standardization in the digital world

The ultimate goals of standardization are unlimited human safety and highest quality standards for the production and application of electrotechnical products and the distribution of energy. The “Normung 2020” programme has been initiated in order to transfer these goals to the digital world. It will be implemented on a sustained basis in close cooperation with our technical experts. The strategic orientation and continuous development of all products, services and processes in the service of the digital world for standards users and technical experts is the key focus of the “Normung 2020” programme, managed and supported by highly modern technical methods.

The results of the “Normung 2020” programme will open up new opportunities to disseminate technical knowledge faster and to market innovation on a global scale.

Accepting responsibility, taking the initiative, recognizing opportunities to shape change and setting the path for the future with the power of standardization.

Normung 2020 – Digital Transformation of Making Standards

The digital transformation is one of the most important current challenges for society and industry. It does not only describe a single technology but it involves the digitalization of the entire economy. Everybody knows various examples in daily life. Digital transformation is when books are not sold in the shop around the corner but as e-books via the internet. Digital transformation is when people prefer watching movies via a streaming provider or when they buy a ticket for public transportation using their smart phone instead of a ticket machine or even instead of a ticket office! Digital transformation is when doctors advise patients by video chat and when the X-ray diagnosis comes from a telemedical centre. And if patients need a journey to recover from the medical treatment mostly it will be booked online and not by using a travel agency. Even daily social or family life is organized by using social media and not by paper calendars or shopping lists.

Affects on all industries

The digital transformation affects all industries, including the financial and the health sector. In several cases business models and industries have already been changed completely. This can be seen particularly in the publishing, media and the touristic sector. There are various examples where business is almost completely organized by web platforms, like job offers, apartment hunting or hotel booking. But manufacturing companies are challenged by digital transformation as well. The buzz word is "Industry 4.0", i.e. a new level of organization and control of the whole value chain and product life cycle based on rigorous digitalization. All relevant information will be available in real time by connecting all parts of the value chain. By this, individual customer demand can be directly transformed into the whole production chain including recycling and related services.

Affects on standardization

Of course, digital transformation affects the process of standardization as well. It has considerable advantages when documents can be edited simultaneously and online by multiple experts. Experts can be attracted and connected by using an online platform integrating elements of social media. In this way digital tools make standardization crowd and cloudlike. Standards that refer to a broad knowledge basis possess high user acceptance. However, the standardization organizations have to ensure that the preparation of standards complies with the guidelines and that the overall process is transparent. In addition, data and IT security is of high importance. With the help of digital formats standards may also be designed more user-friendly since users are interested in quick answers to practical issues.

Normung 2020 – Digital Transformation Programme of DKE

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DKE is facing the challenges of digital transformation and has launched the programme "Normung 2020". Several projects have been started to digitally improve internal processes and infrastructure like translation management, document production or content management systems. Furthermore, projects have been started to demonstrate cloud and crowd-based standardization. One project deals with the set-up of an online standardization tool. The tool has an intuitive user interface and allows interactive collaboration on the computer. Standard writing, commenting and release can be conducted with high quality, transparently and internationally, involving all relevant stakeholders. The tool and the process of collaboratively drafting standards will be demonstrated at the Reinvention Lab during the IEC General Meeting. Another project aims for developing a smart phone app. The app combines comprehensive and user oriented knowledge about standards concerning electric installation. The standards´ users are pressed for time and there is a considerable need for timely and relevant practical answers. The review of full standard texts is too cumbersome, in particular at the place of installation work. The aim of the project is therefore to realize a mobile solution, supporting the user during electrical installation.

Digital transformation means international collaboration

DKE supports the process of change and aims to transform electrotechnical standardisation towards future digital solutions. This process will bring exciting and challenging developments. In the future, DKE will act more and more as a mediator to bring standard users and standard writers closer together by moderating a digital platform. Since standardization is international it is necessary to support all aspects of digital transformation within the international cooperation network. Overall, standardization organizations will benefit from digital transformation by developing new services and offers and by attracting new experts and technical input.

Get an practical impression of Normung 2020 at the Reinvention Laboratory. At the DKE booth an online standardization tool can be explored to get an idea of digital collaborative work.

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Cord Schlötelburg, DKE



Cord Schlötelburg:

"Digital transformation has changed various branches and businesses completely. Let’s take this as a chance to learn and to improve standardization."