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The "CHANGE IS BECOMING THE STANDARD" DKE Conference was held on 6 May 2015 at the Büsing Palais in Offenbach. For the first time in his capacity as President of the DKE, Roland Bent welcomed the participating experts and set the tone for a varied programme focusing on the changes in technology and society.

After a joint morning session, the experts were able to choose one of three thematic forums in the afternoon.

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Internet of Things (IoT)

In the Internet of Things Forum it became clear that the manufacturer-independent standardization of interfaces, data storage and services is making a major contribution towards establishing the IoT. In general, the Internet of Things revolution is taking place at the level of services: an endless stream of software-based services is being offered which is simultaneously changing the interface with the customer.

As digitization advances, people are being relieved of the need to perform many routine tasks. This makes work more varied, but problems can arise in complex activities when people, machines or programmers are taken to their limits.


There was broad agreement in the IT Security Forum: information security is a complex topic which requires comprehensive and exhaustive consideration. Threats from cyber attacks are ubiquitous in our networked world and are steadily increasing: they are becoming ever easier to carry out, more criminal, better organized and more covert. In the future the focus must be on implementing comprehensive "security engineering" in an effort to put principles such as security and privacy-by-design into practice, especially in the context of standardization.


The first energy label was launched in the 1990s with the aim of saving energy. Since then, implementation of the eco-design directive has been a great success. Modern household appliances which are significantly more economical demonstrate this impressively. The strong support of experts in the standardization bodies has played a major role in this. More product groups will fall under the remit of the eco-design directive In the future as the success story continues.


A lot has happened since the first standard was published. The ongoing technological development has demanded changes in the standards landscape. The conference gave an insight into the different areas of the electrotechnical future and made it clear that CHANGE has already become the STANDARD.

The presentations of the speakers in detail:

The Internet of Things - Change is becoming the standard – Dr.-Ing. Rico Radeke, TU Dresden; Business models for IoT – Johannes Stein, DKE; The Internet of Things, services and people - Requirements and scenarios from daily practice – Dr. Rainer Drath, ABB AG, Research Centre; Industry 4.0 – Its significance for human engineering – Dr. Lars Adolph, BAuA; Security by design – Challenges for clouds and mobile devices – Prof. Stefan Katzenbeisser, TU Darmstadt; Safety in home, building and energy technology: Risks, solutions and standards – Prof. Axel Sikora, Offenburg University of Applied Sciences; IT security requirements and solutions for railway control and safety systems – Prof. Jens Braband, Siemens AG; Eco-design directive – An overview – Christoph Wendker, Miele; Eco-design requirements, based on example of vacuum cleaners – Gert Jäckel, VDE Prüf- und Zertifizierungsinstitut GmbH; Implementation of eco-design in standardization – Prof. Rainer Stamminger, University of Bonn.