Ants feature prominently in any consideration of swarm intelligence. Their success is characterized above all by their high degree of networking and extreme cooperation. Researchers have found that certain species of ant apparently possess electroreceptors, i.e. sensory organs which allow them to perceive electric fields. Charge flows exert such an attraction on these creatures that they even forget about foraging for food.
In their little world, ants have adjusted optimally to circumstances through a process of continuous adaptation, and have achieved maximum efficiency through sensible organization and division of labour. Industry is confronted daily with new challenges: it must adapt its processes, optimize and innovate if it wants to remain competitive. An important prerequisite for this is standardization. Mandatory reviews of the safety and environmental performance of products can be carried out on the basis of generally accepted rules of technology. A lack of confidence in products, services and new technologies would render the rapid introduction of innovations unthinkable.