Cooperation towards a Smarter World

Message from Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO

By Gabriela Ehrlich

Everything from grids, to cities, to transportation and manufacturing is to become smarter. Smart is often associated with information and communication technology. But the gathering and processing of data – so-called Big Data is only part of the picture. The other part is the electrotechnology enabling all the smartness.

Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary and CEO
Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary and CEO

Everything from grids, to cities, to transportation and manufacturing is to become smarter.

Smart is often associated with information and communication technology. But the gathering and processing of data – so-called Big Data is only part of the picture. The other part is the electrotechnology enabling all the smartness.

Take the example of Smart Cities. These urban spaces will be more liveable, safer, healthier, cleaner and more sustainable. They will be able to better satisfy the needs of the citizen and many different stakeholders.  

In Smart Cities, improved design, planning and administration are enabled by millions of sensors collecting and transmitting data. A myriad of electronic devices rely on a steady flow of good quality electricity. They underpin services such as water and waste management, transportation, safety and security, telecommunications or financial transactions. IEC work impacts all of them.

In large scale systems, a multitude of technology solutions from many different players need to be able to seamlessly communicate and interact. 

Today, the speed of innovation is fast. So fast that individual companies can no longer develop everything alone. Never before have businesses been as competitive. In electrotechnology - never before did they collaborate as much. The IEC already provides the platforms and tools that facilitate this broad cooperation on international standardization and conformity assessment. With our work devices from many different sources are able to work together safely everywhere.

Going forward the IEC will need to go beyond individual devices and small systems. Know-how and relevant expertise from many different organizations will need to be taken on board. There is not a single organization that will be able to develop all the standards that are required for increasingly big systems. Our neutral and independent global platform will play an important role in stimulating the cooperation that has to happen.  Please help us spread the word. Only if we combine our forces, can we achieve integration for a Smarter World.

I thank you all for your work and your commitment and wish you a fruitful General Meeting.
Frans Vreeswijk

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Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary and CEO
Going forward the IEC will need to go beyond individual devices and small systems Going forward the IEC will need to go beyond individual devices and small systems
In Smart Cities, improved design, planning and administration are enabled by millions of sensors collecting and transmitting data In Smart Cities, improved design, planning and administration are enabled by millions of sensors collecting and transmitting data