Influence UK national standards for quantum technologies.
The British Standards Institution (BSI), with support from NPL, is launching a new panel to bring together interested parties from across the UK quantum technology landscape.
New ICT/1/1/2 quantum technology panel
As more members are gathered over the coming weeks, NPL and BSI can begin to identify UK priorities for new standards work in the field of quantum technologies. The more diverse subject areas that are represented on the group, the more we can be confident in the direction of standards development.
Membership of the panel will give access to draft documents being considered by various international standards organisations and the opportunity to comment and feed back. Members will be invited to give their input to the priorities for the development of new best-practice or agreed specifications documents which will speed innovation for the UK community.
This panel will also coordinate, where appropriate, a UK approach to feed into the various international standards development programmes. Currently, for example, there is European quantum technology standards roadmap in discussions (CEN/CENELEC), an international document on vocabulary for quantum computing (ISO/IEC) and other work being carried out by ETSI, ITU and IEEE. More details on these organisations and standards development processes under way will be provided in the panel.
Developing new standards opportunities – potential topics to explore
In addition to reviewing international activity, the panel will be invited to identify specific areas in which agreed new specifications would support innovation in the UK. This might be for common vocabulary, performance descriptions, component specifications, interoperability, manufacturing, testing or any other element of the product development process.
Our intention is to start this new panel with a single group across all the quantum technology landscape, to include sensors, timing, imaging, communications and computing. As the work develops it might be preferable and necessary to form subgroups focussing on separate areas as the demands and development of standards varies considerably across the technology areas.
Next steps – Becoming a panel member
If you are interested in joining the discussion on future UK activity on the creation and development of national and internationals standards for quantum technologies, please contact BSI. An account can be created for you on the e-committees portal where discussions will be facilitated and related discussion documents shared.
A kick off meeting will be held in the coming months, for those new members who want to engage more fully. At the kick-off meeting we will briefly outline the standards development process, bring the group up to date with current activity and start to identify UK priority interest areas.
Register your interest
To register your interest, You will need to confirm the following details and send them to Emelie Bratt at firstname.lastname@example.org who is the lead standards development manager for this new community.
- Address (UK based
- Representation (a named area of expertise or organisation)
- Telephone number
First published: 23 June 2021