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October 2016

Celebrating World Standards Day 2016

Standards build trust – Winning video from Bangladesh

On October 14 2016, the members of the IEC, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), under the umbrella of the World...

October 2016

Upcoming global events

On the agenda: nuclear knowledge, energy, printed electronics and cybersecurity

The IEC regularly supports key global and regional industry events, which can present the IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

August 2016

Moving cities to greater smartness

First World Smart City Forum: more than half a million city stakeholders reached

The first World Smart City Forum was held on 13 July 2016, co-located with the World Cities Summit in the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. More than 300...

August 2016

Share your work

We need your stories

Take the 169 countries in the IEC family, the 20 000 technical experts who work in standards development, the many Certification Bodies (CBs) and Test Laboratories (TLs) in the IEC...

June 2016

The rise of renewable energies

The falling cost of equipment and installation together with increased investment are driving the growth of renewable energies

During the United Nations Climate Convention – 2015 Paris COP 21, it was recognized that renewable energy (RE) is a key part of the answer to achieving sustainable development and...

June 2016

Upcoming global events

On the agenda this month: Renewable energies, IEC 61850 and a call for papers

The IEC regularly supports key global and regional industry events, which can present the IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

May 2016

Electricity access for everyone, everywhere

Facilitating rural electrification in developing and newly industrialized countries

World energy consumption is expected to grow by 37% by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) energy markets forecast, which assumes the continuation of existing...

May 2016

Upcoming global events

Smart Cities and hydropower on the agenda

The IEC regularly supports key global and regional industry events, which can present the IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

May 2016

IoT on the IEC map

First global workshop for Internet of Things Standards held in Berlin

IEC, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) organized a joint workshop on Standards for Internet of Things on 13...

April 2016

The “Internet” of Energy

Building one global grid with electricity superhighways

On 30 and 31 March 2016, the first International Conference on Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) took place in Beijing, China. The event was initiated by State Grid Corporation of...

April 2016

A systems testbed

Jeju island signs MoU with IEC and KATS

On the way to the COP21 climate talks in Paris, Jeju Governor Won Hee-ryong made a stop at the IEC in Geneva. During the meeting the idea surfaced to sign an MoU to simplify the...

March 2016

Building trust

Focus on conformity assessment at WSC Workshop

What is conformity assessment (CA)? Why is it important? Why is it inevitably linked to standards? Does it really add value to products and systems? Does it have a role in fighting...

March 2016

Upcoming global events

Events around EMC and batteries

The IEC regularly supports key global and regional industry events, which can present the IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

January 2016

Why cities must become smarter, now

Launch of global platform, initiated by the IEC

Everybody wants to build Smart Cities but what is needed to make them come true? Which city pain points are hindering Smart City development and how can they be best overcome? A new...

January 2016

Upcoming global events

Events around Smart Grids

The IEC regularly supports key global and regional industry events, which can present the IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

2015
December 2015

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Standards help tackle the challenges of certain disabilities

Around 15% of the world population, or more than one billion people, live with some form of disability, according to the World Bank. There is a great need to provide access to...

December 2015

Using and referencing International Standards to support public policy

International conference highlights the important role of standardization in global trade, industry, society and its impact closer to home

A conference entitled ‘Using and referencing International Standards to support public policy’, was organized by IEC, ISO and UNECE at the United Nations, Geneva, in November. The...

December 2015

Upcoming global events

Closing the year and looking ahead

The IEC regularly supports key global and regional industry events, which can present the IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

November 2015

IRENA launches INSPIRE

New collaborative platform drives RE innovation

Hundreds of standards for Renewable Energy technology are now accessible in one easy-to-use platform.

November 2015

Precious lights

Lighting, leisure and the International Year of Light

Next time you visit a museum, enjoy a live cultural performance or support your favourite sports team at their stadium, spare a thought for the light and lighting that helped make these...

November 2015

The Internet didn't kill the TV star

Far from fading into oblivion TV is enjoying a renewal thanks to new technologies

As World TV day was observed recently, it is worth looking at what makes television more popular than ever, enabling it to evolve and reach new audiences via different platforms and new...

November 2015

COP21

Energy efficiency is a key to combat climate change

As the world prepares for COP21, the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates in its 2015 Energy Efficiency Market Report that energy efficiency is...

November 2015

Upcoming IEC and global events

Final events for 2015

The IEC organizes events, as well as regularly supporting other key global and regional industry events, which can present the IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

October 2015

Competitive like never before

Cooperation, the key to corporate success

Over the past year, the IEC has interviewed leaders from Toshiba, Fujitsu and Azbil to find out why these companies actively participate in IEC work and what benefits they reap.

October 2015

Share your work

We need your stories

With 166 countries in the IEC family, more than 15 000 technical experts who work in standards development, hundreds of CBs (Certification Bodies) and TLs (Test Laboratories) in...

October 2015

Register now!

Participate in the WSC Workshop on Conformity Assessment

Want to learn about conformity assessment (CA)? Get personalized and practical insights on topics of interest to you? Exchange views and network with experts and peers? Don’t look...

October 2015

International Day for Disaster Reduction 2015

Loss of power can cause great hardship to populations and economies

When disaster strikes one of the first things to go down is the electricity supply and with it healthcare, clean water, safe food, sanitation, lights, not to mention all the technology...

October 2015

Light up, light up!

IEC support for the International Year of Light

Switching on a light is such a routine task that we often take it for granted, however for millions of people worldwide, this is far from the case. The IEC is delighted to be associated...

October 2015

The future is LVDC

IEC and Bureau of Indian Standards to hold first LVDC International Conference

The need for electricity access in developing economies is driving the urgency for standardization of low voltage direct current (LVDC).  Around 1,3 billion people worldwide...

September 2015

Upcoming global events

IEC participants may get discount on attendance fees

The IEC regularly lends its support to key global and regional industry events allowing them to put forward IEC endorsement on their website and materials. We would like to draw your...

September 2015

Celebrating World Standards Day 2015

Mexican team creates winning video

On October 14 the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU will be celebrating World Standards Day as a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide...

September 2015

Health really matters

IEC International Standards for medical equipment take centre stage in China

The medical devices industry encompasses a wide range of items and technologies, from the simplest wound dressing to highly sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. Globally,...

June 2015

Better and more resources for everyone

World Environment Day

Rapid population growth, economic development and human consumption continue to use up natural resources beyond what the planet can sustainably provide. The need to deliver power...

June 2015

Smart Cities mitigating climate change

IEC advocacy in the G7 Climate change magazine

To mark the occasion of the G7, held in Schloss Elmau, Germany, on 7 and 8 June under the chairmanship of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the IEC published an article about its...

June 2015

Business expansion, global cooperation

Interview with Hirozumi Sone, President & CEO, Azbil Corporation

Technologies and systems are converging, and sometimes fundamentally changing how business is conducted. Customers increasingly want solutions that are future proof and able to adapt to...

June 2015

Upcoming global events

IEC participants enjoy ticket reductions

The IEC regularly lends its support to key global and regional industry events allowing them to put forward IEC endorsement on their website and materials. We would like to draw your...

May 2015

Making a good product no longer enough

Masami Yamamoto, President, Fujitsu explains why companies need to collaborate more than ever before with others

IEC Global Visions interviewed Masami Yamamoto, President, Fujitsu, a globally leading information and communication technology company. In 2013, Fortune named Fujitsu “one of the...

May 2015

Make it yours

Your help is needed to define the Programme of the WSC Workshop on Conformity Assessment

Want to learn about conformity assessment (CA)? Get personalized and practical insights on topics of interest to you? Exchange views and network with experts and peers? Don’t look...

May 2015

Imagine a world without Standards…

The World Standards Day competition is back!

Already in its 17th year, the World Standards Day competition is back – with a twist! This year participants are being asked to submit a short video rather than the traditional...

April 2015

Russia in the spotlight

IEC increases cooperation with lighting sector in Russia

When asked what city is named the “City of Lights”, most of us would naturally and immediately say “Paris”. The French capital earned its nickname when it became one of the...

April 2015

Moscow's spectacular nightscape

The new Centre for Innovative Lighting Engineering trains tomorrow's experts in lighting design

In recent years, illumination has become a creative extension of architecture. The simple spotlights that lighted monuments and buildings have been replaced by complex lighting...

April 2015

Sharing know-how – Building bigger markets

Dr Yinbiao Shu, President, State Grid Corporation of China

IEC Global Visions interviewed Dr Yinbiao Shu, President, State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the biggest utility in the world. Shu explains how active participation in IEC work has...

April 2015

Is your workplace safe?

How workplace safety can be improved

When people go to work, they usually expect to carry out their activities in a healthy and safe environment. It is up to employers and workers to do all they can to make the workplace...

March 2015

When everyday symbols become art

The IEC power symbol at MoMA

It’s not every day that the work of the IEC enters the realms of visual art. The IEC 60417-5009 power symbol is an exception. It is being exhibited at MoMA in New York as part of the...

March 2015

Celebrating Ibn Al-Haytham

Remembering the father of modern optics 1000 years on

The year 2015 marks the 1 000th anniversary since the appearance of the seven volume treatise on optics Kitab al-Manazir written by the Arab scientist Ibn al-Haytham.  Part of...

March 2015

Seven who’ve made a difference

Celebrating women who bridge the STEM gap

While women account for 41% of the workforce(1) worldwide, when it comes to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers, they hold less than 25% of positions in the...

March 2015

Powering the planet with water

The special link between water and energy

On 22 March, World Water Day will be celebrated with the theme ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. Sustained economic, social and environmental well-being is not possible without...

March 2015

Upcoming global events

IEC participants enjoy ticket reductions

The IEC regularly lends its support to key global and regional industry events allowing them to put forward IEC endorsement on their website and materials. We would like to draw your...

January 2015

India Smart Grid Week

Bangalore to host first major Smart Energy event in the country

India Smart Grid Week will take place in Bangalore from 2 to 6 March 2015.

January 2015

A new President for IFAN

David Felinski began his three-year term on 1 January 2015

At the 2014 Members’ Assembly, held in Paris, France, last October, IFAN, the International Federation of Standards Users elected David Felinski as its President. His three-year term...

January 2015

Let there be light, for everyone

International Year of Light launched

Lighting plays an important role in our everyday lives. Switching a light on is such a routine task that we often take it for granted. However there are 1.3 billion people worldwide who...

January 2015

Orchestrating infrastructure for sustainable Smart Cities

A new IEC White Paper launched

Cities are central to any solution to global economic, social, energy or environmental challenges. Globally, urban areas are home to around half the world’s population and generate...

January 2015

15th African Utility Week

Powering the African continent

The 15th African Utility Week and Clean Power will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from  12-14 May 2015.

2014
December 2014

Support innovation – Stimulate broad use

Dr Akira Sudo, *Representative Executive Officer, Toshiba Corporation

IEC Global Visions interviewed Dr Akira Sudo, *Representative Executive Officer, Toshiba Corporation. In this interview, he explains how active participation in IEC work enables Toshiba...

November 2014

IEC Global Visions

Industry and government leaders share their views on IEC standardization

For several years now, the IEC has been interviewing leaders from industry and governments on the benefits of electrotechnical standardization. In the IEC Global...

November 2014

Share your work

We want your stories

With 166 countries in the IEC family, more than 14 500 technical experts who work in standards development, hundreds of CBs (Certification Bodies) and TLs (Test Laboratories) in the IEC...

November 2014

The year in events

An overview of key events attended by IEC management

Every year the IEC organizes and participates in a number of events, promoting IEC activities, engaging stakeholders and staying on top of the latest developments in electrotechnology...

October 2014

World Standards Day

Standards level the playing field

Since 1970, World Standards Day (WSD) has been celebrated on October 14, to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization, and promote its role in fulfilling the...

August 2014

Call for papers

CIGRE/IEC Symposium on the development of electricity infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa

Interested in the development of electrical systems and networks in Sub-Saharan Africa? If so, you shouldn’t miss the CIGRE/IEC International Symposium that will take place in Cape...

June 2014

Expanding trade opportunities for Euro-Asian countries

IEC and EASC sign renewed Cooperation Agreement

The IEC and EASC (the Euro-Asian Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification) recently renewed their Cooperation Agreement, which will help to expand trade opportunities...

June 2014

IEC on the world energy stage

Innovation and the new generation of energy systems

IEC joined the heads of the world’s leading electricity companies in discussions on the theme of innovation and the energy systems of new generation at the recent GSEP (Global...

June 2014

Upcoming global events

Special deals for IEC experts

The IEC regularly lends its support to key global and regional industry events allowing them to put forward IEC endorsement on their website and materials. We would like to draw your...

May 2014

Energy at the core of IEC activities

Longstanding and leading involvement in electrotechnical standardization

The focus of the May edition of IEC e-tech is on energy generation.

May 2014

Using the smartness of our cities

A snapshot of IEC Smart Cities work

The IEC was present at the Forum of Smart City International Standardization, organized by SAC (Standardization Administration of China), and held in Guilin, Guangxi, China on 24...

May 2014

Scaling up efficiency and renewables through standardization

Call for policy makers to work more closely with International Standards Development Organizations

With global energy demand forecast to increase by 33% between now and 2025, the IEC co-hosted a workshop on International Standards in support of energy efficiency and renewable energy...

March 2014

Smart energy for Africa

First International Africa Smart Grid Forum next May in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

While access to electricity is a given in industrialized countries, the situation is very different in large parts of the developing world, and so also in Africa, where vast areas have...

March 2014

Formula E approaches the starting grid

Electric vehicles in the motor-racing spotlight

Janice BlondeauThe inaugural season of the world's first fully-electric racing series, Formula E, will run from September 2014 to June 2015.

March 2014

Reaching out

Using social media to increase awareness of IEC work

With the introduction of social media to the communications landscape the way organizations interact with their stakeholders has changed irrevocably. The IEC has risen to the challenge...

January 2014

International Standards for sustainable energy

IEA, IEC and ISO joint workshop 13 March 2014, Paris

Forging closer links between policy makers, renewable energy and energy efficiency stakeholders and standards developers is the focus of a workshop to be held in Paris next month.

January 2014

Allow interoperability/Secure investment

Thembani Bukula, Regulator Member, NERSA (National Energy Regulator of South Africa)

IEC Global Visions interviewed Thembani Bukula, Regulator Member at NERSA (National Energy Regulator of South Africa). In this interview, he explains why the use of IEC International...

2013
December 2013

Curbing energy waste

EEMODS conference supporting the development of increasingly efficient motor driven systems

The 8th International EEMODS (Energy Efficiency in Motor Driven Systems) Conference took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 28-30 October 2013. The event brought together...

November 2013

World Smart Grid Forum provides real-life solutions

Hosted by IEC, State Grid Corporation of China and VDE

Hundreds of energy leaders and experts from Asia, Europe and the Americas gathered in Berlin, Germany, on September 24-25, at the World Smart Grid Forum to help shape the path towards...

November 2013

Advancing regional and global trade

IEC signs Memorandum of Understanding with Eurasian Economic Commission

The recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the IEC and the EEC (Eurasian Economic Commission) aims to smooth regional and international trade, while increasing the...

November 2013

Enabling real solutions to the energy challenge

November saw the COP19 UN Climate Change Conference take place in Warsaw, Poland.

Post-COP19 the IEC is urging countries, industry, and civil society to make better use of the real solutions that it offers to help meet the energy challenge and mitigate climate...

November 2013

Strengthen IP – Increase revenue

LSIS relies on strong standardization strategy

IEC Global Visions interviewed Dr Ja-Kyun Koo, CEO of LSIS, a global leader in the field of power solutions, automation and green business. In this interview, Koo explains why it is so...

October 2013

International Standards are more important than ever

Message from Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO

IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreewijk talks about the ever increasing importance of IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems. Standards in combination with...

October 2013

IEC is part of the energy conversation

IEC active in SE4ALL

Access to energy is one of the most important challenges facing the world today. In 2011, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, made sustainable energy one of his five priorities by...

October 2013

The year in events

A roundup of the key events attended by the IEC

Every year the IEC organizes and participates in a number of events, promoting IEC activities, engaging stakeholders and staying on top of the latest developments in electrotechnology...

October 2013

Paving the way for e-mobility

Two workshops look into enabling a safe future for EVs

The IEC has embraced EV (Electric Vehicle) development from early on, with a large number of IEC TCs (Technical Committees) and experts working on different aspects of the vehicles...

October 2013

Investing in the future

CEOs share their views on the benefits of IEC standardization

Some of the world’s leading CEOs and CTOs have recently been interviewed by IEC Global Visions. From different perspectives, these captains of industry explained why, notwithstanding...

October 2013

Share your work

We want your stories

With 165 countries in the IEC family, more than 13 000 technical experts who work in standards development, hundreds of CBs (Certification Bodies) and TLs (Test Laboratories) in the...

August 2013

Global strategy, superior outcomes

NIST benefits from IEC standardization work on Smart Grid development

IEC Global Visions interviewed George Arnold, Director of the Standards Coordination Office at NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technology). In this interview, he explains how...

August 2013

International standards ensure positive change

World Standards Day 2013

World Standards Day is celebrated each year on 14 October to pay tribute to the efforts of thousands of experts worldwide who collaborate within IEC, ISO and ITU to develop voluntary...

July 2013

World Smart Grid Forum 2013

A unique business, regulatory and technical executive perspective on the Smart Grid issue

Registration for the World Smart Grid Forum 2013 is open. The event, which will take place in Berlin, Germany, on 23-25 September, is a great opportunity to get a different perspective...

July 2013

Sharing knowledge

IEC work helps build the trust needed to sell globally

IEC Global Visions interviewed Gang Wu, Chairman and CEO of Goldwind, the largest manufacturer of wind turbines in China, and among the largest globally. In this interview, he explains...

June 2013

Increasing global energy safety

IEC scope and expertise supports broad roll-out of new energy technologies

During the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting which was held in Delhi in April, IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk represented the IEC at the mini-grid development roundtable....

June 2013

Stimulating national adoption

Facilitating participation in international standardization for Latin American countries

In April 2013 a workshop and training was held in St Lucia with the aim of reducing barriers and challenges to the adoption of International Standards and stimulating participation in...

June 2013

Frederica Scott Vollrath designs a winner

World Standards Day 2013 poster competition results

Each year the WSC (World Standards Cooperation) runs a competition to find the poster to provide the visual identity for World Standards Day, 14 October. The theme for World Standards...

June 2013

Upcoming global event

2013 Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Energy Summit

The IEC regularly lends its support to key global and regional industry events allowing them to put forward IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

May 2013

SADCSTAN committed to standards

Standards play an important role in the development of Southern Africa

Standards are critical to all development efforts throughout the world. Part of the development process includes making standards a part of everyday life so that products that do not...

May 2013

Constructing sustainable infrastructure

International organizations join forces through DCMAS Network

Infrastructure is all of the systems that serve as a foundation for a community to develop and grow. This includes roads and railways, energy grids, airports, sewage just to name a few....

April 2013

CANENA 2013: A global outlook

Cooperation at all levels is key for standards development organizations

CANENA, the Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations of the Americas, held its annual meeting on 27-28 February 2013 in Montreal, Canad

April 2013

CANENA 2013: a perspective from Stephanie McLarty

Bringing the next generation of experts into the IEC's work

IEC 2010 Young Professional Leader, Stephanie McLarty presented on ensuring continuity through developing the next generation of international standardization experts at CANENA (the...

March 2013

World Smart Grid Forum 2013

First global forum to drive Smart Grid decisions, analyzing past successes and failures

There is an urgent need for the development of robust, low-carbon energy systems to address global issues of long-term energy security. Despite this unanimous target, Smart Grids are...

March 2013

Spotlight on the Fully Networked Car

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At the 8th FNC (Fully Networked Car) Workshop held on 6 March 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, the fundamental question explored was How can international standards provide even greater...

January 2013

Tackling the energy challenge

Renewable energy and energy efficiency are key themes

Energy consumption will double between now and 2030; demand for electricity will triple by 2050. To reduce emissions and produce enough energy for developed and developing nations in...

January 2013

Raising efficiency

Changing the quality paradigm

IEC Global Visions interviewed Dr Zhengrong Shi, Founding CEO and Executive Chairman of Suntech Power, one of the biggest global manufacturers of solar products for residential,...

January 2013

The future of vehicles

2013 Fully Networked Car Workshop – Keep the date free

The eighth Fully Networked Car workshop will be held on 6 March 2013 at the Geneva (Switzerland) International Motor Show.

2012
December 2012

IEC-IEEE Challenge winners' insights

Winners honoured at ceremony in Oslo during IEC General Meeting

The winning papers in the IEC-IEEE Challenge bring insights into the benefits of standards and standardization, from perspectives which range from cloud computing, to the German...

December 2012

Upcoming global events

Global Electronics Forum and Energy Storage 2013

This month we would like to draw your attention to two global events that may be of interest to the IEC community.

November 2012

Ensuring compatibility

Connecting products to build total solutions

IEC Global Visions interviewed Thomas S. Gross, COO of Eaton and responsible for the company’s nearly USD 7 billion electrical business. In the interview he underlined that most of...

August 2012

Representing the IEC worldwide

IEC Regional Centres participate in key events

The work carried out by IEC-LARC (Latin America Regional Centre) and IEC-APRC (Asia-Pacific Regional Centre) is essential to promoting the work of the IEC in their respective regions....

August 2012

Smart Grid events

Special deals for IEC experts

The IEC regularly lends its support to key global and regional industry events allowing them to put forward IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

August 2012

Building markets and industries

IEC work helps companies gain the trust of stakeholders and investors

Many companies around the world participate actively in IEC standardization. IEC Global Visions has interviewed some of their CEOs and CTOs to find out why - despite economically...

August 2012

Young Professionals

2012 workshop

IEC NCs (National Committees) have selected their 2012 IEC YPs (Young Professionals) who will represent their country at the third YP workshop to be held during the 76th IEC...

August 2012

Succession planning for standardization

Mobilizing Young Professionals

This is an article first published in Standards Engineering, the official Journal of SES – The Society for Standards Professionals, Vol. 64, No. 2, March/April 2012 and re-published...

August 2012

IEC Young Professionals move ahead

Tania Cerda at ConnectivityWeek 2012

Tania Cerda, of Schneider Electric Mexico, took part in the first IEC YP (Young Professionals) Workshop in October 2010, during the General Meeting in Seattle, USA. In May 2012,...

August 2012

Share your work

We want your stories

Nearly 10 000 experts work in the IEC. They may only be aware of the activities of the particular TC/SC in which they work. One of the goals of e-tech, the IEC’s monthly publication,...

July 2012

Renewables in buildings

Cooling and heating

Summer has arrived in the Northern hemisphere, winter in the Southern hemisphere. It’s time to take a closer look at cooling and heating solutions for commercial, industrial and...

July 2012

Coordinating Smart Grid roll-out

IEC outlines how its work helps assure interoperability

IEC Immediate Past President Jacques Régis was invited by APEC SCSC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance) to provide an overview...

July 2012

Participation and efficiency

PASC: Presentation of IEC work and strategy implementation

PASC (Pacific Area Standards Congress) held its 35th meeting in South Korea. The annual meeting is a key gathering of Chief Executive Officers and senior representatives from...

July 2012

Growing an industry

Increasing reliability to build trust and bankability

IEC Global Visions recently interviewed Sandy Butterfield, Founding CEO and CTO of Boulder Wind Power, a small, venture-backed company that participates actively in the IEC. Butterfield...

June 2012

Keeping the fun safe

Home and entertainment

Today the lines between computing, entertainment and home appliances are blurring. All of them are smart, networked and interconnected.

June 2012

Looking to the future

Energy efficiency and renewable energies high on the COPANT agenda

COPANT, the Pan American Standards Commission, held its annual General Assembly on 7-8 May 2012 in Fortaleza, Brazil. IEC Immediate Past President Jacques Régis gave an update on IEC...

June 2012

Key role of education

IEC reaches out to academia

Today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders and decision makers. Many will also join the ranks of the thousands of experts who work on standards development in a wide range of...

May 2012

Data or electricity

Storage and communications

This edition of e-tech focuses on EES (Electrical Energy Storage) and data storage.

May 2012

Eliminating technical barriers to trade

Electrotechnical products part of the WTO TBT meeting discussions

The WTO (World Trade Organization) TBT (Technical Barriers to Trade) meeting took place on 20-21 March 2012. The IEC was represented by Françoise Rauser, in charge...

May 2012

Convergence of views

IEC has key role in Southern African countries

For several years now, the IEC has attended the annual meetings of SADCSTAN, the SADC (Southern African Development Community) Cooperation in Standardization. There are common...

April 2012

Flying, driving and navigating safely

Transportation relies heavily on IEC International Standards for safety and reliability

Safety has always been a major issue in transportation, at the heart of every invention, innovation and technological development over the centuries. Considering the millions of people...

April 2012

Going global

CANENA’s annual meeting puts regional standardization in a global context

CANENA, the Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations of the Americas, held its annual meeting on 29 February-1 March 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico.

April 2012

Call for inspiration and creativity

Take part in the World Standards Day 2012 poster competition!

A competition open to all has been launched to design a poster for World Standards Day (14 October) on the theme, “Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency”.

April 2012

Tackling copyright infringement

The IEC continues to address issues of unlawful distribution of standards

The increasingly wide-spread access to the internet and electronic documents has made it easier and faster for users to find and obtain IEC International Standards. It has also,...

March 2012

Sensors everywhere and in everything

Sensors: Indispensable everywhere and in everything

Industrial automation, hazardous substance detection, entertainment, medical environment, security systems, lighting, cars all have something in common: sensors inside. The new trend in...

March 2012

Standards for a Green Society

Seminar focuses on energy efficiency in Asia-Pacific region

Many countries have introduced labelling programmes and minimum energy performance standards for electrical appliances. Most countries first focused on refrigeration appliances, which,...

March 2012

The A to Z of drafting IEC publications

New IEC website section provides comprehensive guide for standards developers

Drafting standards is a long and complex process that obeys strict rules and requires a certain amount of discipline. To help the thousands of experts around the world who participate...

March 2012

Better communication

Making standards and standardization work more accessible to potential customers

The third joint ISO IEC Marketing and Communication Forum took place in Geneva on the 22-23 February 2012, bringing together more than 150 marketing and communications...

January 2012

Multimedia and appliances

Computing power everywhere

Today the lines between computing, entertainment and home appliances are blurring. All of them are smart, networked and interconnected.

January 2012

Get involved

IEC TC 49 outreach event in Singapore for increased participation

With the rapid growth of manufacturing of electronic devices in South East Asia, IEC TC (Technical Committee) 49: Piezoelectric, dielectric and electrostatic devices and associated...

January 2012

Building trust

When standards open consumer markets

IEC Global Visions recently interviewed Dr Zida Yu, CTO (Corporate Technology Officer) Haier Group, which is today the biggest white goods manufacturer in the world. Yu shares why the...

2011
December 2011

2012 Fully Networked Car

Reserve the date

The seventh Fully Networked Car workshop will be held on 7-8 March 2012 at the Geneva (Switzerland) International Motor Show.

December 2011

Assessing competition

Why standards make it easier for companies to compete

IEC Global Visions recently interviewed Dr Tamotsu Nomakuchi, former CEO of Mitsubishi Electric and currently President of the most important industrial research centre in Japan, the...

December 2011

Linking IEC experts globally

Experts connect via professional and social networks

The IEC has gradually extended its communication platforms to include social networks as well as traditional communication "tools" such as media relations, targeted emails and...

December 2011

IEC-IEEE Challenge

Spread the word

The IEC and IEEE are organizing a global Challenge open to Academia from the social and technical sciences.

November 2011

Getting quality right

The ability to engineer globally and remain relevant locally

IEC Global Visions recently interviewed Dr Kazuo Kyuma, Executive Vice President and Group President Semiconductor & Device, Mitsubishi Electric, about the need to provide optimum...

November 2011

International standardization

Cooperation in our DNA

IEC President Dr Klaus Wucherer addresses the ISO General Assembly in New Delhi.

November 2011

AFSEC

Building capacity in Africa

In collaboration with the IEC, AFSEC (the African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission) organized a training event in electrotechnology for African experts. The capacity building...

November 2011

2012 Marcomm Forum

Third ISO-IEC Marketing & Communications announcement

The date for the joint 2012 ISO-IEC Marketing & Communications Forum has now been confirmed.

October 2011

Distinguishing between SMB entities

From Sector Boards to Advisory Committees and Strategic Groups

The SMB (Standardization Management Board) is the decision-making body of the IEC. It reports to CB (Council Board).

October 2011

IEC work on stage

Demonstrating why your contributions are important

Throughout the year, IEC officers and senior management participate in a large number of strategic events and meetings all over the globe. Their aim is to raise awareness and increase...

October 2011

Globally engineered – locally competitive

IEC helps companies to compete more efficiently and globally

IEC Global Visions enables industry leaders such as Bosch, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric and Intertek, and research institutes such as AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial...

October 2011

Participation and dialogue

Representation of IEC Regional Centres at key events

Both IEC-APRC (Asia-Pacific Regional Centre) and IEC-LARC (Latin America Regional Centre) are key to the development and promotion of the IEC in their region. They help raise awareness...

October 2011

Driving discussions

Tangible IEC contributions help EVs move forward

This has been an active and successful year for the IEC in the EV (Electric Vehicle) arena.

October 2011

Share your work

We want your stories

Nearly 10 000 experts work in the IEC. Often each of them is only aware of the activities of the particular TC/SC in which they work. One of the goals of e-tech, the IEC’s...

October 2011

Young Professionals' Programme

2011 General Meeting session in preparation

As each IEC National Committee has gone through a national selection process and named its 2011 IEC Young Professionals, the profiles of those selected have appeared in the [password...

August 2011

Reinforcing IEC links with academia

Teaching about standards – the Academic Day in China

The May 2011 e-tech gave forward notice of the Academic Day conference being held by the WSC (World Standards Cooperation), a cooperation established in 2001 by the three world-leading...

August 2011

IEC – IEEE Challenge

A chance for academics

The Academic Day was the ideal venue for the IEC to make a pre-announcement about the IEC – IEEE Challenge: an opportunity for academics throughout the world to submit a paper on the...

August 2011

With confidence!

Italian architect wins 2011 competition for World Standards Day poster

Every year in October, the WSC (World Standards Cooperation), which consists of the three international standardization organizations, IEC, ISO (International Organization for...

August 2011

GridWeek 2011

The IEC is an endorsing partner organization again

For five years now the GridWeek event has had global recognition as an important Smart Grid gathering for policy and decision makers, regulators, technology and service providers,...

July 2011

Adding agility

How Conformity Assessment helps reduce complexity

IEC Global Visions recently interviewed Wolfhart Hauser, Chief Executive Officer, Intertek Group, a world leading provider of auditing, inspection, certification and testing services....

June 2011

COPANT

Growing importance of Latin America

COPANT, the Pan American Standards Commission, held its annual General Assembly on 12 and 13 May, 2011 in Santiago, Chile. Jim Matthews, IEC Vice-President and Chairman of SMB...

June 2011

Efficiency focus

Workshop on energy efficiency draws crowds in Chile

Enabling efficient energy use was the theme of a workshop held by INN, the Chilean National Institute of Standardization, on 11 May, just prior to the COPANT, Pan American Standards...

June 2011

Ambitious goals

How Hitachi drives business efficiency and sustainability

IEC Global Visions recently interviewed Naoya Takahashi, Executive Vice President and Executive Officer* of Hitachi Ltd., a leading global electronics company. Takahashi underlined the...

June 2011

Standards for intelligent homes

European and Asian perspectives

For consumers, the smart home, with its home networking and home automation systems, is increasingly becoming a focal point. History shows that in the late 1980s the Las Vegas, US...

May 2011

High tech from Brazil

Major electronics event in Latin America invites the IEC

Klaus Wucherer, IEC President, delivered a keynote speech at the ABINEE TEC Forum, the key electronics industry event in South America. In front of 500 guests from industry and...

May 2011

PASC

Energy efficiency high on the agenda

PASC (Pacific Area Standards Congress) held its 34th meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, on 31 March-2 April. The IEC-APRC (Asia-Pacific Regional Office) Officer in Charge, Dennis Chew, was...

May 2011

Academia

The importance of teaching about standards

The WSC (World Standards Cooperation), which is a high-level group with representatives from the three world-leading standardization organizations IEC, ISO (International Organization...

May 2011

High-voltage show

Swiss Electrotechnical Committee celebrates its centenary

In the company of national, regional and international representatives from the world of standardization, CES, the Swiss National Committee of the IEC, celebrated its hundredth...

May 2011

Santiago de Chile inaugurates

Focus on Conformity Assessment at official inauguration

Chile was welcomed in February 2010 as the 79th IEC Member. Under the name CORNELEC, Electrotechnical Standardization Corporation, the Chilean NC (National Committee) joined the IEC as...

May 2011

Profitable sustainable business

Why the CEO of Bosch looks to International Standards

IEC Global Visions interviewed Franz Fehrenbach, CEO of Bosch, a company that has been operating successfully worldwide for more than 100 years. His message is clear: today, for an...

May 2011

Look ahead and get involved!

Registration for 2011 Young Professionals' Programme now open

The 2010 GM (General Meeting) in Seattle saw the start of a new initiative by the IEC to involve younger professionals more deeply in the world of standardization right from the outset...

April 2011

Smart Grid crucial for EVs

International Motor Show – 6th Fully Networked Car workshop

The Geneva International Motor Show was the opportunity, for the sixth year running, for the IEC, ITU and ISO under the auspices of the WSC (World Standards Cooperation), to bring...

April 2011

CANENA

Focusing on the future

CANENA, the Council for the Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations of the Americas, held its annual meeting on 2-3 March 2011 in San Antonio, Texas, US (United...

April 2011

Lord Kelvin Award

2011 nominations open

Created and first granted in 1995, the pre-eminent Lord Kelvin Award is named after the IEC’s distinguished first President. It is the IEC’s highest tribute and though not...

April 2011

Global relevance

IEC Global Visions – broad participation results in better standards

In this latest IEC Global Visions interview, Keith Nosbush, Chairman and President of Rockwell Automation, the world's largest industrial automation and information company, shares why...

April 2011

Centenary celebrations

IEC Netherlands National Committee reaches a hundred

Another IEC NC (National Committee) has reached a major milestone in its electrotechnical activities. On 17 March 2011, after a 100 years of activity, it was the turn of NEC, the...