IEC – the home of industry
We live in a world in which technology advances rapidly, systems and products are continually becoming smarter and more interconnected, and billions of devices use electricity and contain electronics. The work of the IEC is increasingly important to ensure the smooth, safe and reliable running of much of this technology, components and infrastructure.
The thousands of technical experts sent by IEC NCs to participate in this work are fundamental to private and public industry around the world, as the IEC builds broader solutions which evolve with technology and future needs.
President Nomura described key areas in which IEC work will offer solutions, including:
- Smarter everything: from smart cities, smart transportation, smart manufacturing, smart energy to the Internet of Things and more, everything is going to be smarter. This added intelligence is underpinned by electricity, electronics and data. These in turn are underpinned by the essential and often invisible work the IEC does behind the scenes. Collaboration with other organizations will be vital to achieving this work. In this context, the IEC is for example hosting the World Smart Cities Forum in Singapore in 2016, together with ISO and ITU.
- Speed of innovation: the accelerating speed of converging, innovative technologies means companies can no longer do everything alone. The IEC Systems approach will help address the need for cooperation on integrated solutions for increasingly bigger systems, as well as for the complex challenges that lie ahead.
- Billions of new devices: now use electricity and contain electronics. New applications and technologies that didn’t exist a few years ago now rely on IEC work.
- Electricity everywhere: by 2040 developing countries will use double the electricity developed countries use today. IEC has an important role in helping these countries improve the safety of electrotechnical products entering their markets. It can also provide the basis to help them increase sustainable energy access and build the quality infrastructure they require.
- Made in the world: global trade in electrical and electronic goods represents more than 12% of the total value of all trade goods, following raw energy at 16%. Electronic and electrical parts transit through many countries, resulting in products which are “made in the world”. Global value chains need universally agreed technical rules to function efficiently. In the case of electrotechnology, these are mostly IEC International Standards.
In concluding, the IEC President encouraged national and regional organizations to raise their work to a global level and give preference to IEC International Standards.
He also announced a review of the IEC Masterplan early in 2016 and called for NCs to send their insights and suggestions to improve and update the plan.