“There appears to be an industry consensus on the need for industry standards and measurement. How should the industry go about developing and implementing these?”
I’m a firm believer in the ANSI/ISO standards development process. It allows for creation of groups of SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) that discuss, test and write a standard to be approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an industry standard. To meet ANSI criteria, everything must be tested, vetted, and documented scientifically – I have participated in the creation of a couple of standards using this process with AVIXA, and the same process could be employed here. This will give us as an industry nationally (and internationally) respected standards.