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  Dublin, Wednesday, February 13th
NSAI Standards Conference, in association with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU

The role of Standards in Research & Innovation

in Ireland, Europe & the USA 

In the future, common household devices such as the kitchen fridge will be able to act independently, take over day-to-day tasks such as ordering grocery shopping online, and even acquire their own personality. This is one of the technology concepts which will be discussed at a conference in Dublin today by more than 100 standards experts from Ireland, Europe and the United States. The ‘Role of Standards in Research, Development & Innovation’ is being hosted by NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) as part of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU.
NSAI wants to highlight the role and importance of standards in new and emerging technologies.
“The essence of innovation is to turn ideas into tangible assets, to enhance products, processes and services”, says Minister for Small Business, Mr John Perry T.D. “As businesses grow and new ideas are made real, standards play a vital role in making products ready for market.”

Speaking at the conference, Maurice Buckley, CEO of NSAI, said: “As more of our day-to-day lives move online, whether it’s banking, shopping or heating our homes and monitoring security alarms, it presents a new set of challenges. By 2017, it is estimated that 160 million homes worldwide will have smart systems that allow them to control and monitor household devices remotely. Standards are central to this kind of innovation, while also helping to protect the public from issues like identity fraud and theft. They inspire consumer confidence and assurance. That’s why today’s event is so important to NSAI and indeed, all of the stakeholders working together internationally to develop standards that meet the ever-changing needs of consumers and businesses.”

Speakers at the ‘Role of Standards in Research, Development & Innovation’ conference include:
  • Mr John Perry T.D., Minister for Small Business;
  • Mr Dirk Weiler, European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI);
  • Mr Gary Kushnier, American National Standards Institute (ANSI);
  • Mr John Koehr, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Standards Technology;
  • Prof Aleksandar Jovanovich, European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU-VRi);
  • Mr Stephen Moffatt, IBM Ireland;
  • Mr Diarmuid Cahalane, Open Innovation Partners Ltd;
  • Mr Gerard Hurl, Health Service Executive;
  • Mr Terry Landers, Microsoft;
  • Ms Elena Santiago, European Committee for Standardization and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CEN-CENELEC);
  • Mr Joe Bhatia, American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
  • Conference Programme and details

For further press details contact:
Peter O'Reilly, NSAI 
T: + 353 1 807 3804