On 30 June 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) published the 2020 Work Plan for the Industrial Internet Special Working Group. It outlines the main tasks and goals in the development of industrial internet, as well as corresponding leading departments and deadlines for delivery. The work plan fully takes into account infrastructure, identifier resolution systems, platforms, core technical standards, new business models and forms, industrial ecology, security assurance, opening and cooperation, and policy implementation.
The following tasks and corresponding objectives relate to standardisation:
|Key Task||Specific Measure||Annual goal||Deadline||Leading department|
|Establishment of the industrial internet standard system
|Facilitate the work of the National Industrial Internet Standard Coordination and Promotion Group, the General Group, and the Expert Consultation Group.||Create a mechanism where standard systems are developed through the joint efforts of standardisation authorities, research institutions and enterprises.||Dec 2020||MIIT (Department of Science and Technology; Bureau of Telecommunication Administration; Department of Telecommunication Development)
|Carry out the development of both generic and urgently needed standards, taking into account the development needs of the industry.||Implement the Guidelines on the Establishment of the Industrial Internet Comprehensive Standardisation System;
Facilitate the launch and publication of standards covering networks, platforms, security and other aspects of the industrial internet; development of at least 10 relevant standards.
|Dec 2020||MIIT (Department of Science and Technology; Bureau of Telecommunication Administration; Department of Telecommunication Development; Bureau of Internet Security)
SAMR (Department of Standard Technology Administration)
According to the Notice on the Establishment of the National Industrial Internet Standard Coordination and Promotion Group, the General Group and the Expert Consultation Group, published in December 2019 by MIIT, the General Group is launched to carry out standardisation work in industrial internet under the guidance of the Coordination and Promotion Group who maps out overall plans, and the Expert Consultation Group who provides technical suggestions. The main tasks of the General Group are to:
- Receive guidance and instructions from the Coordination and Promotion Group;
- Conduct research on the needs for industrial internet standardisation;
- Develop plans, systems and policy measures for China’s industrial internet standardisation;
- Coordinate the development, revision and technical management of industrial internet standards;
- Promote cross-industry and cross-sector development of standards;
- Carry out work as entrusted, such as standard testing and verification, standard promotion and personnel training;
- Organise and participate in international industrial internet standardisation work.
On 22 May 2020, the preparatory meeting of the General Group was held in Beijing, during which members discussed the group’s statute and work plan for 2020. The establishment of the General Group, together with that of the Coordination and Promotion Group and of the Expert Consultation Group, will directly address the current fragmentation of the industrial internet standardisation system: they aim to overcome issues such as repetitions, overlaps and contradictions, and to provide a clearer picture to other parties of China’s developments in industrial internet standardisation.
During a meeting in February 2018, the National Leading Group for the Upgrading of the Country’s Manufacturing Sector decided to establish a subordinate Special Working Group for Industrial Internet. The purpose of the Special Working Group is to contribute to the implementation of the State Council’s Guidelines on Deepening “Internet Plus Advanced Manufacturing” and Developing the Industrial Internet, and specifically to promote the innovation and development of the industrial internet, as well as to facilitate overall planning and policy coordination. Through these efforts, industrial internet has been raised to the level of national strategy.
The members of the Special Working Group are officials from various ministries. The group has a permanent office, located within MIIT to conduct daily management work.