Natural and transient phenomena

March 2013 IEC International Standards provide protecticve measures

The forces of nature have to be reckoned with at all times. Whether a solar storm, water, dust or a heat wave, they can cause major damage. For centuries, inventors, scientists and engineers have been devising protective and mitigating measures to... More...

Sun to Earth: time for standards?

Since the geomagnetic storm in March 1989 that produced a power system blackout in the Province of Québec, Canada, considerable scientific work has been undertaken in North America, Europe and Asia...

Clearing up misconceptions

The latest International Standard for the safety of audiovisual products and information technology equipment is often incorrectly interpreted, clarification is needed. AV (audiovisual) products and...

Coping with nature's whims

Electrical installations and supply can be directly and adversely affected by natural phenomena and disasters such as solar storms, hurricanes, extreme cold or heat, bad weather conditions, lightning,...

Safer work on live installations

Electrical equipment cannot always be powered down for maintenance or repair and work must therefore frequently be carried out on live installations, often at high voltages. IEC TC 78: Live working,...

TC work to help thwart potential threats

As concerns about potential risks to power and telecommunication grids from nuclear devices and electromagnetic weapons grow, IEC subcommittee work takes centre stage

Safer entertainment and work

Audiovisual and information and communication technology equipment can be found in virtually all homes and working environments. The widespread existence of such electrically powered devices means...

Conformity Assessment A CA System for marine energy?

Oceans offer an enormous source of renewable energy with the...

Conformity Assessment Protection against electromagnetic effects

Lightning is a huge natural electrostatic discharge between...

Conformity Assessment IECEx certificates go mobile

IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to...

Conformity Assessment Shocking

As winter comes to a close, your jacket may give you an...

IEC World World Smart Grid Forum 2013

There is an urgent need for the development of robust, low-carbon...

IEC World Spotlight on the Fully Networked Car

At the 8th FNC (Fully Networked Car) Workshop held on 6 March...

IEC Family The safety perspective in standardization

Adam Murdoch became the Chair of SC (Subcommittee) 61H: Safety of...

IEC Family March 2013 nominations and extensions

The SMB (Standardization Management Board) has approved a number...

In Store IEC shows a new digital face

From the beginning of April the IEC website homepage has a new look, designed to provide an improved user experience for existing and new users.

In Store Integrating information security and service management processes

New International Standard provides integration advice