Even faster, even better

Welcome to the 2016 IEC General Meeting! In Frankfurt we will be looking at the future of standardization. DIN is working together with German stakeholders, and European and international partners, on shaping this future. Standards generate economic benefits which have been estimated at € 17 billion/year for Germany alone. To ensure industry continues to enjoy these benefits we must meet – and preferably anticipate – the continually changing needs of our customers. What are these needs? And how can we meet them? Here are some answers:

Industry and research need standards more quickly
Standards need to be published faster, which is particularly essential for work in the ICT sector, and many other areas. Bringing standards to the market faster with the same high level of quality – that is the ambitious goal of DIN’s Standardization 18.0 project. Our goal is to develop standards within 18 months with zero errors, allowing us to even better meet the needs of our customers. To do this we are looking very closely at all of our processes, especially standardization procedures. The aim is to identify potentials for making these processes move faster while at the same time ensuring a high quality.

Rapidly changing technologies require new standardization deliverables
DIN Specifications are our standardization deliverables that can be published within only a few months. They help bring innovative products, technologies and services quickly to the market. This especially helps small and medium size companies. With the DIN SPEC, SMEs can effectively market their innovations and turn their technology lead into economic success. DIN SPECs must also be drawn up in the more traditional areas of technical standardization to keep up with rapidly changing technologies. Experience has shown that DIN SPECs are suitable for providing initial results for work at European and international level. And any DIN SPEC can be used as a basis for a full European or international standard.

Converging technologies require collaboration
Innovative topics such as Industry 4.0 or smart cities involve the integration of many systems and are presenting standardization with new challenges. Information and communications technologies are integrated into all areas of cutting-edge fields. This is why ICT standardization must be networked with other disciplines. Today, strategic discussions require a broader view rather than focusing on one standards committee. It is time to close the ranks between full-consensus standardization and the development of specifications – within standards bodies and, where appropriate, working together with fora and consortia. This type of cooperation has been successful for many years in the field of electromobility, for example.

Join us in the Reinvention Lab on Tues 11 October at 2 pm to learn more about e-mobility standardization. We also look forward to presenting current DIN initiatives to you at our stand. See you there!

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