A new opportunity for developers is emerging as Standards New Zealand seeks to extend the reach and add value in the digital domain.
The MBIE business unit in charge of national technical standards is calling on developers who see potential for content in standards to be offered to customers in innovative new ways to provide greater benefit for customers and end users.
“These ‘value-add’ products or services would be designed, created and brought to market by the third-party, under contract and licensing arrangements with Standards New Zealand,” a request for information (RFI) says.
In the process, a new market in digital access to standards-based products and services could be created.
The new products or services would provide customers with easier access and recognisable additional value over the traditional document model of one-off or subscription access, the RFI says.
Standards NZ gives some examples:
- The AliveCor KardiaBand for Apple Watch paired with artificial intelligence technology can non-invasively detect high potassium levels in the blood and atrial fibrillation.
- ManageMyHealth, an online service that allows users to access and maintain medical records, book appointments, request repeat prescriptions and view lab test results
- Windy, a weather, wind and waves forecast for kiters, surfers, paragliders, pilots, sailors and anyone interested in the wind
- The Air New Zealand mobile app allows users to manage their travel plans on the go, including real time flight information, phone as a ticket, online check-in, notifications, and Airpoints balances
- Prosthetic reality, an app where augmented reality makes artworks come to life with animation and sound.
Standards NZ says it wants to become better informed about the range of value-add solutions, technologies and capabilities in the marketplace through the RFI.
While it is not yet seeking quotes or specific proposals, it would like to know who the players and interested parties are and what customer segments or industry sectors they have market access to.
It also wants to gauge how value-add products or services would be developed and brought to market and how this would work from commercial and licensing perspectives.
“Standards New Zealand do not want to develop or own innovative value-add products and services, as this is not our area of expertise," it said. "Rather, our approach would be to license standards content to suitable partners who would develop, market and deliver these products and services themselves.”