A workshop on “AI-standardisation landscape & the role of Digital Innovation Hubs (DHIs)" discussed the role hubs can play in supporting the uptake of AI among SMEs and how they can help technology frontrunners.
The event was organised by the Digital SME Focus Group on Artificial
Intelligence and Working Group Standards and kicked off with Dr. Lindsay
Frost, European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) board
member, who presented the big picture of where AI standards will have
the most impact. Frost highlighted the need to develop solid regulations
that can be relied upon and practical support to European businesses.
ETSI members have access to standards documents to give feedback and
there are tons of additional resources freely available on their
For us at Nightingale HQ, it's important that we understand the
standardisation landscape and what it means to our business and the
industry in which we operate. The open
are are good way to get updates and give feedback on progress.
AI can be used to differentiate European SMEs and help them stand out
from the crowd and the DHIs are there to support businesses to optimise
the specification of AI applications. Stelian Brad from the Technical
University of Cluj-Napoca referred to the AI
initiative, which monitors technical developments of AI and its impact
in the economy, society and public services. A white paper on the
outcomes can be accessed
The standardisation process is a critical part of advancing Europe’s AI
position and the objective of “bridging the gap” between standardisation
and innovation is not an easy one. On a much more practical level it's
important that SMEs are aware of who their local DIH are and what they
are working on. They offer technical expertise so that businesses can
“test before invest”. They also provide innovation services, such as
financing advice, training and skills development that are needed for a
successful digital transformation.
Check out the DIH Directory
Check out the open calls that SMEs can get involved in
This article is part of an ongoing series sharing insights into the
development of AI policy and strategy in Europe. In November last year
we were appointed to the European DIGITAL SME Alliance focus group on
Artificial Intelligence (AI), and as an 'AI intensive' SME, we provide
feedback on the adoption of AI technologies in relation with the impact
of EU initiatives on the topic.