Looking to the future

New IEC White Papers highlight technology trends and industry needs

By Janice Blondeau

Two new IEC White Papers have recently been published, covering global energy interconnection and a smart and secure Internet of Things platform. In the IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB), CTOs of major global technology companies meet every year to identify and discuss important technology trends and industry needs for the coming 10 to 15 years. The IEC White Papers summarize the MSB recommendations regarding these technology trends to the IEC community and also to regulators, governments and academia. They are developed by the MSB together with renowned research organizations.

cover of IEC White Paper flyer The IEC White Papers, developed by the Market Strategy Board together with renowned research organizations, summarize the MSB recommendations regarding new technology trends to the IEC community, regulators, governments and academia

Global energy interconnection

Sustainable energy and climate change are major global concerns. Between 1965 and 2014 world energy consumption rose from 5,4 billion tons of coal equivalent to 18,5 billion tons. Energy consumption worldwide will maintain a growing future trend, as it is difficult to reverse long-established patterns of intensive energy consumption. 

Today a fifth of the world population still lacks access to energy and 3 billion people rely on wood, coal or animal waste for cooking and heating. 

Greater interconnection of power systems
Global energy interconnection (GEI) can be described as the ultimate evolution of the trend towards greater interconnection of power systems. It encompasses high-level integration of the flow of energy, the flow of information and the flow of business as an intelligent, automated and networked-based system for ensuring energy security on a universal scale. 

The interconnection of energy grids promises to open up an unprecedented opportunity to globally share the resources of the whole planet, bringing clean energy to everybody, everywhere in the world. However, technically global energy interconnection remains highly complex. International Standards inherently contain solutions that will help pre-address this complexity. 

Paving the way for GEI
This White Paper assesses worldwide needs, benefits, policies and preconditions for GEI. It examines the readiness of potential markets and identifies technical and business trends as well as hurdles. Also, the White Paper analyzes and compares several global transmission scenarios and evaluates their impact on energy supply, the environment, technologies, policies as well as Standards development. Recommendations deal with how standardization for such a large system of systems will need to be conducted and which stakeholders need to be involved. 

The IEC White Paper Global energy interconnection was developed by the IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB) with major contributions from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). 

It is available for download here

IoT 2020: Smart and secure IoT platform 

The Internet of Things (IoT), an infrastructure of interconnected objects, people or systems that processes and reacts to physical and virtual information, is rapidly expanding. IoT collectively uses today’s Internet backbone to connect things using sensors and other technologies. It significantly impacts the global economy and is expected to grow exponentially over the coming years, transforming society as a whole. 

The IEC White Paper IoT 2020: Smart and secure IoT platform provides an overview of today’s Internet of Things, including its limitations and deficiencies in the area of security, interoperability and scalability. It includes several use cases from industry, public and customer domains that point to requirements for a smart and secure IoT platform. Next generation platform-level technologies in the field of connectivity, processing and security are also discussed. 

Developing the IoT platform
This IEC White Paper provides an outlook on what could be the next big step in IoT – the development of smart and secure IoT platforms. These platforms offer significant capability improvements in security and they can bridge the gaps between different existing IoT platforms, which often consist of legacy systems that aren’t designed for IoT purposes. 

Key role of standardization
IoT 2020: Smart and secure IoT platform gives important recommendations to IoT stakeholders and for IoT standardization work. To bring the ambitious visions connected with the Internet of Things to fruition significant efforts in standardization are needed, for example, development of initiatives to enable interoperability. This White Paper presents a desired future IoT standardization ecosystem environment to address those needs. 

This White Paper was developed by the IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB) with major contributions from SAP and Fraunhofer AISEC, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security. 

It is available for download here.

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cover of IEC White Paper Global Energy Interconnection The new IEC White Paper "Global energy interconnection (GEI)" starts to identify and address the standardization needs for large-scale, transcontinental and global energy interconnection
Cover of IEC White Paper IoT 2020: Smart and secure IoT platform Next generation platform-level technologies in the field of connectivity, processing and security for the Internet of Things are discussed in the new IEC White Paper "IoT 2020: Smart and secure IoT platform"
cover of IEC White Paper flyer The IEC White Papers, developed by the Market Strategy Board together with renowned research organizations, summarize the MSB recommendations regarding these technology trends to the IEC community, regulators, governments and academia