ICT STANDARDIZATION

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a major driver of competitiveness and represents one of the key industrial sectors of the 21st century. Standardization is a voluntary cooperation among industry, consumers, public authorities and other interested parties for the development of technical specifications. Industry uses standards to meet market needs – to support its competitiveness, to ensure acceptance of innovative solutions or to increase interoperability. Public authorities refer to standards in legislation, policies and procurement to achieve societal aims for safety, interoperability, accessibility, environmental performance, etc. While industry can use any standards, public authorities have a strong preference for, or even an obligation to use standards resulting from open, transparent and inclusive processes. However, through standard referencing and use, public authorities can help drive the competitiveness of industry and facilitate competition for the benefit of consumers.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a major driver of competitiveness and represents one of the key industrial sectors of the 21st century. Standardization is a voluntary cooperation among industry, consumers, public authorities and other interested parties for the development of technical specifications. Industry uses standards to meet market needs – to support its competitiveness, to ensure acceptance of innovative solutions or to increase interoperability. Public authorities refer to standards in legislation, policies and procurement to achieve societal aims for safety, interoperability, accessibility, environmental performance, etc. While industry can use any standards, public authorities have a strong preference for, or even an obligation to use standards resulting from open, transparent and inclusive processes. However, through standard referencing and use, public authorities can help drive the competitiveness of industry and facilitate competition for the benefit of consumers.

MISSION:

– Drive innovation and competitiveness by adapting ICT standardization policy to market and policy developments
– Provide industry including SMEs, with high-quality ICT standards in a timely manner to ensure competitiveness in the global market while responding to societal expectations
– Enhance the position of European ICT standardization at global level
– Assure consumer benefits by facilitating competition in European and international ICT markets
– Strengthen the internal market by setting common criteria and processes for referencing ICT standards in European legislation, policies and public procurement
– Increase the quality, coherence and consistency of ICT standards
– Provide active support to the implementation of ICT standards

RESEARCH AREAS:

– e-Health and standardization
– Economics of standardization
– Standardization and regulation
– Standardization in public policy
– Standards for information infrastructures
– Technological innovation and standardization
– Tools and services related to standardization

HEAD:

Prof. Marko Beko, PhD