Taking good care

Safety and security measures keep on being heightened to ensure utmost protection at any given moment

By Claire Marchand

In our post-9/11 world, safety and security have been top priorities. We want safety and security at all times. From applications on our smartphones to complex electrical and electronic security systems in airports, from the baby monitors we install in our homes to state-of-the-art access controls in industrial plants, we try to cover and protect all aspects of our lives. But threats are still there, lurking and ready to pounce when we least expect it.

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Home, safe home

In homes, safety rests to a large extent on a number of electronic systems, such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, or sensors to detect a range of potential hazards including floods, extreme temperatures, gas, etc. For its part the security of occupants depends on many devices and products like electronic locks, access controls and intercoms, sensors, video cameras, burglar and fire alarms.

Have a good flight

Security in the air transport industry is of primary concern for airlines, airport operators, governments and, obviously, passengers. IEC International Standards are central to the myriad of electrical and electronic security systems deployed to scan passengers, baggage and cargo, as well as airport staff to ensure the security of individuals and critical assets.

Protecting industrial assets

In industrial environments, functional safety plays a central role in the protection of assets, as an assessment of the causes of the February 2015 gas leak incident on the North Sea Gudrun platform shows.

Stay healthy

Finally many IEC International Standards play a critical role in systems used to protect the health of individuals by helping prevent the contamination of food products and ensuring safety and proper sanitary conditions in leisure installations, such as swimming pools or sports halls.

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Claire Marchand, Managing Editor e-tech Claire Marchand, Managing Editor e-tech