Industry standards make it possible for systems and technologies to connect and work together. Standards enable today’s integrated systems. But does adherence to standards stifle innovation? Does the necessity to interface using an industry-wide standard slow down the implementation of newer (and possibly not standards-compliant) capabilities? Or do standards eliminate extraneous variables, empower more integration and encourage greater innovation? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How does the use of standards either stifle or jump-start innovation?
Our Expert Panelists see mostly positive trends coming from the increased use of standards. Adherence to a standard in one area doesn’t eliminate possible innovation in another area. Even systems that “talk to each other” still leave plenty of room for innovation. As one panelist points out, the Internet we all use every day is a success story supporting the ability of standards to jump-start innovation. The growing capabilities of integrated systems in the physical security market is another.