A Century of Standards in Austria

ISO member Austrian Standards International (ASI) are celebrating their 100th birthday!

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By Barnaby Lewis
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One of the world's longest-established standards bodies, ASI has been driven by making sense for a century. Over that time, they've been instrumental in making standards a part of everyday life for Austrians and contributed to European and international standardization.

Security, trust, innovation and diversity are the core benefits of our work and form the central message of our anniversary year. These aspects are highlighted in our exhibition "100 years of Austrian Standards" and presented in an entertaining and attractive way.

Wien - Vernissage: 100 Jahre Austrian Standards – Zukunft gestalten

2020-09-22, the Penrose Triangle is unveiled by Dr Margarete Schramböck, Austrian Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs, at the opening ceremony of ASI's centennial exhibition in Vienna.

To celebrate this landmark anniversary, Austrian Standards has put together an exhibition of 100 years of Austrian Standards. It showcases what standards are, the purpose they serve in society and how their role has changed over the course of the past 100 years. If you can't travel to ASI's hometown of Vienna, the video below captures some of the exhibition's highlights, including a unique sculpture that encapsulates 100 years of Austrian standardization.

The Penrose Triangle, designed by Ars Electronica.

Designed by Ars Electronica, the Penrose Triangle sculpture explores various aspects of standardization through its open pyramid form. Each leg is made from  a different material, symbolizing the first national, international and European standards for ASI. Integrated displays invite visitors to discover these milestones and take a look at the past, present and future of standardization. 

Hitting 100 years old is a milestone for any organization, making 2020 a year to be celebrated by the entire standards community. The fact that this year also brought unanticipated challenges for people, businesses, and institutions around the world makes it all the more important to recognize that together, as a global community, we will come through this.

In looking back at the last 100 years of Austrian Standards, one thing is clear: an unshakeable belief in the power of standards has brought the organization through tougher times than most of us have seen in our lifetimes. With standards providing a ready solution to so many of the issues that we face today, Austrian Standards is set to continue making life make sense in Austria and beyond, for a long time to come.

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