Focus on smart, innovative technologies

IEC President Dr Junji Nomura addresses Council

By Gabriela Ehrlich

Electricity and electronics are increasingly in everything, even in devices that were purely mechanical before. Not only individual products, but whole companies need to be able to work with each other to come up with technology solutions for increasingly large systems. In his address to Council Nomura sent a strong message: IEC National Committees (NCs) have a key role to play in promoting IEC work. They are the IEC! More than ever, NCs need to represent all national stakeholders and send the right experts to participate in IEC work at the global level.

Junji Nomura, IEC president Dr Junji Nomura, IEC President

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.

Junji Nomura, IEC president Dr Junji Nomura, IEC President
Smart building Large systems require broad collaboration between many companies
Smart device Even formerly mechanical devices rely now on electronics
Speed of innovation Innovation is faster than ever and companies can no longer do everything alone
Made in the world Electronics are made in the world - to participate in global value chains, companies have to work to harmonized rules