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Since 1970, members of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU), have celebrated World Standards Day.

This year, World Standards Day will be held on October 14. The theme for 2018 is "International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution".

Characterized by a fusion of technologies that blur the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will enable workers on the front line, on the road and in the field to make smarter decisions, solve tougher problems and do their jobs better. Advances in software and technology will empower people to a far greater degree than ever before —unlocking their latent perceptiveness and creativity.

However, the rapid pace of change brings many challenges.  A new generation of smart technologies, characterized by the use of big data, increased integration, cloud storage and open communication, increases the vulnerability of data and the risk of security breaches. International standards will guide organizations toward ensuring safety and minimizing risk.

At SGS, we understand that responses must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to educational institutions and civil society. We rely on standards to enable us to provide sustainable solutions to the challenges that come with new technology, especially in terms of data security.

Deepak Mistry, Global Director of Marketing, Certification and Business Enhancement at SGS, states, "As we face new opportunities and challenges brought by the digital revolution, we are proud to be a part of this global event and celebrate the importance of standards. With the increase in globalization and artificial intelligence, consistency in safety and efficiency is key to ensure consumers are provided high quality products. Standards do not only provide this; they are also a catalyst for innovation. As we celebrate World Standards Day, we are reminded of the impact global and regional standards have made on our society and look forward to their continued involvement in our daily lives.

"We use standards daily to inspect and test the quality of products, certify organizations and their processes, and verify trade transactions. The services that SGS provides ensure safety on behalf of organizations and allow customers to trust that a service or product will live up to an organization's promise."

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For more information, please contact:

Waras Andrianti
Commercial Manager
Certification and Business Enhancement
t: 0 800 1000 565

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