The new industrial revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has been getting a lot of press. What does it really mean, and how will it affect us?

This issue showcases some of the new opportunities for ISO standards by highlighting the industry sectors most likely to benefit. It gives examples of how some companies are already leveraging this growing market, taking advantage of the emergence of digital systems, networked communications, and large-scale data analysis.

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The new industrial revolution

This issue examines how government, businesses and societies will navigate the increasing integration of technologies into business and production processes. 

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Hyundai Motor gears up for change
Hyundai Motor gears up for change

Shifting from a traditional automotive manufacturing process to advanced automated and digitalized intelligence manufacturing will lay the ground for how automotive companies compete in the future. We ask Hyundai how it all connects.

Standards are needed to achieve both efficient data connectivity and effective information flow.

Dr-Ing. InSung Chang, Executive Director, Manufacturing Engineering Research & Development Center.

 

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The new frontier for artificial intelligence
The new frontier for artificial intelligence

By Robert Bartram

No longer just a fictional theme for far-fetched science fiction movies, artificial intelligence is now very much a day-to-day part of our reality. In factories, in intelligent transportation, even in the medical field, artificial intelligence (AI) is just about everywhere. But what exactly is artificial intelligence? As AI becomes more ubiquitous, why is there a need for International Standards? And what are some of the topics surrounding its standardization?

From high-tech gadgets to the smart enterprise
From high-tech gadgets to the smart enterprise

Technological change is taking place at a dizzying rate, transforming our lives in all manner of ways that are not always obvious. How can we ensure efficient management of these automated systems so disruption is positive and does not become a bewildering maelstrom beyond our control?

New (e-)takeoff for aviation industry
New (e-)takeoff for aviation industry

By Ann Brady

New technologies, from robotics to machine learning, are ushering in a period of rapid change and development. While the aviation industry is working to reap the benefits of this industrial automation, standards, especially those of ISO/TC 184/SC 4, will play a key role in ensuring a smooth flight path – but only if they can keep up.

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