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Into the Future with Metrology

The Innovation Center for Systems Metrology is a pioneer of “Metrology 4.0” establishing a new metrological foundation in our (measurement) data-driven digitalized world. The center acts as an agile catalyst, working closely with industry as well as with standardization and regulatory bodies. It is helping to shorten innovation cycles in the fields of mobility, smart cities and personalized medicine and while doing so takes the quality label “Made in Germany” to the next level.

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Phasing out coal and gas, moving towards wind and sun - this is how climate protection is supposed to succeed. The quality and efficiency of new technologies essentially depends on precise measurement technology. This measurement at the highest level is PTB's core competence. With its research and its laboratories, it supports the German economy in bringing climate-friendly technologies "Made in Germany" to the market.

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At the smallest level, our world behaves very differently than we expect based on our everyday experiences - and then quantum physics works almost like magic. This sounds abstract, but practically applied, quantum technology promises revolutionary technical developments. PTB conducts cutting-edge research in quantum technology. It shares its experience and highly specialised equipment with research partners and German industry.

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Medical measurements have a long tradition at PTB, but they have an even greater future as the development towards quantitative and individualized medicine represents a great challenge for metrology. The measurements have to be accurate and reliable, and they have to create confidence. This is where PTB has its core competence. PTB ensures the traceability of many important measurement procedures required, for example, by the EU's In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Directive, but also by the German Medical Devices Act. With its measurement capabilities, PTB is the world leader in this field.

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The quality of German products has an excellent reputation. This is due to a sophisticated system for quality assurance and consumer protection - the so-called quality infrastructure. The measuring instruments required for this are also monitored throughout their entire life cycle as part of a chain of safety and trust. To ensure that the quality promise of the German economy also applies in a digitalised world, PTB is developing suitable procedures for a digital quality infrastructure.

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When it comes to climate and the environment, in many cases, the eleventh hour is already upon us. But to make reliable statements about climate change, quantitative, accurate and reliable measurements are needed – and this in a highly complex system with a very large number of relevant physical and chemical measurement parameters. 

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