Businesses looking to commercialize emerging technologies are part of a developing business ‘ecosystem’, and the stronger they can take advantage of the networks within the ecosystem, the faster the market for their products will grow. However, these complex ecosystems can give rise to obstacles that get in the way of successful innovation.
Standards are key to removing these obstacles as they can help an emerging technology ecosystem rally round the issues to promote successful commercialization of new products. They can lay down the ‘rules of the game’ for markets looking to develop and adopt emerging technologies: for example they can help define interoperability so that one product or service can work with another made by a different organization, or they can put down rules which reassure consumers about safety and reliability, particularly for technologies which are perceived to be risky.
Standards can also organize the development of new technologies and related products, though processes and systems which are known to work.
By doing this, standards can reduce the time taken to commercialize new technologies and accelerate the speed at which innovations become more than only ideas.