During the commemoration meeting of the World Metrology Day on 20 May, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) announced the establishment of two national technical committees for digital metrology and artificial intelligence (AI) metrology. The two secretariats of the TCs are the National Institute of Metrology and the Beijing Institution of Aerospace Metrology and Testing Technology, respectively.

In the backdrop of digital transition, digital technologies have been widely applied in various economic and social sectors including metrology. The International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) have determined the theme of this year’s World Metrology Day as “Metrology in the Digital Era”. Practitioners in this sector are developing and verifying advanced measuring technologies to support the rapid development of the digital economy.

Metrology’s digital transition generally consists of two fronts: the digitalization of traditional measuring technology, method and management; and the development of appropriate measuring methods for digitalized industries.

The two technical committees will support the innovation and development of China’s data and AI industry. They will promote the creation and application of digital measuring tools and intelligent measuring tools to set up reference data and cognitive standards.  They will gather experts to carry out research on metrology issues, draft technical specifications and improve their quality. Through standardizing the specification of data and AI and unifying digital measuring units, the TCs will contribute to the reliability and consistency of intelligent assessment methods.

Metrology depicts the world in quantity and is thus fundamental to the future development of economy and society. A complete theoretical and technological system of digital measuring and AI measuring to be developed by the TCs will promote a better understanding of the world, as well as improve the sound development of the digital economy.