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Issue 05/2019

JPEG is awarded 2019 Engineering Emmy

IEC, ISO and ITU committee for JPEG are honoured for their innovative work

The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” could not be more apt in today’s visual world.

Issue 05/2019

Standards advance the fourth industrial revolution

Global standardization leaders attended a forum for intelligent manufacturing in China

The 2019 Qingdao Forum on International Standardization was held on 27-29 October, under the guidance of IEC, ISO, ITU, the Standards Administration of China (SAC) and the People's Government of Shandong Province.

Issue 05/2019

Health and environment at risk

Chemical plant fire highlights necessity of drastic safety measures in Ex areas, as advocated by IECEx

The incident at the Lubrizol chemical plant in Rouen, France, is a powerful reminder that the most drastic safety measures are a must in explosive (Ex) environments.

Issue 05/2019

Equal opportunities to good health

International standards need to be gender-responsive if they are to provide safety for everyone

Innovative technologies, driven by AI and big data have the potential to save and improve lives around the world, but only if the right data, analysed correctly, is used.

Issue 04/2019

From apprentice to president

Interview with Juan Rosales, President of ANCE and IEC YP Leader from 2010

In April, the board of ANCE appointed Juan Rosales as its new President, the youngest in the association’s history. With this appointment, ANCE, the leading association for standardization and conformity assessment in Mexico, implements its vision of integrating a new generation of leaders in strategic management positions. Considering that Rosales began his career as an apprentice at ANCE, his appointment is an achievement for experts who are committed to a career in standardization.

Issue 04/2019

Certification advances renewable energy industries

As global populations require more energy, the percentage of renewable energies contributing to electricity provision continues to grow.

According to the Renewable Capacity Statistics 2019 report by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), 2018 closed with a total renewable energy generation capacity of 2 351 GW, up by 171 GW on the previous year. Of this amount, wind, solar and marine energy, accounted for 564 GW, 480 GW and 500 MW respectively.

Issue 02/2019

Digital learning is redefining education

Imagine experiencing an historic moment as it happens, or discovering cellular biology in 3D from inside the body. This is now possible using virtual reality

In parts of Asia, North and South America, Europe and Africa, digital technologies are enabling students to learn more effectively and from entirely new perspectives.

Issue 02/2019

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals through standardization

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a call to action to make the world a safer, more peaceful and prosperous place, for all.

To achieve this, in 2015, United Nations Member States adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

2018
Issue 06/2018

Eliminating bias from algorithms

Eliminating bias from the data used to train algorithms is a key challenge for the future of machine learning

Wael Diab, who is leading international efforts to standardize artificial intelligence (AI), has identified the mitigation of data bias as a priority challenge for eventual future standards work. Diab recently told the IEC General Meeting, in Busan, South Korea, that a broad standardization approach is necessary. 

Issue 06/2018

Protecting supply chains against cyber attacks

Cyber resilience can only be achieved by focusing both on information and operational technologies

In recent months, a number of international studies and reports have highlighted an alarming increase in cyber attacks targeting the supply chain.  One such survey, conducted in the Americas, Asia and Europe, suggests that in the past year two thirds of companies have experienced a cyber attack on their supply chain.

Issue 06/2018

Asian financial institutions sign MoU supporting IECRE conformity assessment

Growing investment in renewables requires industry to ensure its equipment and systems are safe, reliable and durable

IECRE certification will de-risk the investments of financial institutions in large renewable energy projects at insignificant cost”, according to Sandy Butterfield, Chair of IECRE, who talked about the benefits of the conformity assessment system at a promotional event held during the China Wind Power 2018 event. “Financial investors benefit the most from IECRE certification, yet of all the stakeholders, they are probably the least aware of the benefits”, Butterfield added.

Issue 06/2018

Keeping our cyber world safe

IoT has disrupted many industries, from agriculture, transport and energy, to healthcare, manufacturing and retail

As with any other day, you wake up, check the smart phone, read emails, note sleep quality, get the real-time weather update and dress accordingly, adjust your smart home settings from an app, jump in the car, ask your virtual personal assistant for your agenda, read news on phone in train, pay some bills and all before arriving at work.

Issue 06/2018

Broad societal challenges

IEC work underpins modern life

In his address to Council, Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO, reminded the audience that electrotechnology is essential in addressing broad societal challenges, such as universal energy access, more efficient use of energy, smart urbanization, climate change mitigation, digitization, cyber security, to name but a few. “Our vision is to have IEC work used everywhere to make the world more efficient and a safer place for everyone. To remain broadly relevant and avoid duplication, we need to cooperate extensively between technical committees in the IEC and with other organizations”, underlined Vreeswijk.

Issue 06/2018

Healthcare needs doctors and machines

Disruptive technologies bring healthcare improvements but raise new issues

Imagine being able to predict medical conditions in healthy people and take steps to prevent them before symptoms develop, or having fully autonomous systems monitor critical patients in intensive care units instead of requiring a team of specialists.

Issue 06/2018

Making cities smarter

Michael Mulquin, Chair of SyC Smart cities details how the IEC can help cities become smarter

Quayside, a waterfront district in Toronto, is advertised as the first city to be "built from the Internet up".  A joint partnership between Google Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto, Quayside seeks to leverage new technology to address urban challenges and improve quality of life.

Issue 05/2018

IECRE expands third-party verification of tidal energy devices

Crucial step increases confidence in marine industry

IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications, has established a new mechanism, which will allow applications from renewable energy test laboratories (RETLs) that cover the power performance assessment of electricity producing tidal energy converters within IEC Technical Specification (TS) 62600-200.

Issue 05/2018

From solar PV to wearables – digital printing technologies are booming

Interview with Alan Hodgson, Chair, Technical Committee 119: Printed electronics

Alan Hodgson participated in several sessions during the Printing for Fabrication conference organized by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) in Dresden, Germany, in September.

Issue 04/2018

IECRE certification raises the bar in renewables industry

First IECRE solar PV certificate issued to leading global provider

Many countries around the world are working towards producing more power from and increasing the amount of renewables to be integrated into national energy supplies.

Issue 04/2018

A belt and braces approach to cyber security

A holistic strategy, combining best practices with testing and certification, is the best way to build cyber resilience.

We use the expression “belt and braces” to mean that we are being extra careful about something. The idea is that if our belt breaks unexpectedly, our braces will ensure that our trousers stay up.

Issue 04/2018

The vital role of standards in our smart world

Message from Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO

The fourth industrial revolution is blurring the traditional boundaries between the physical, digital and biological worlds.

Issue 04/2018

Clothes that reveal how you really feel

Electronics and sensors woven into textiles and other wearables enable comfortable and reliable health monitoring

International Standards for wearable electronics devices are now being actively worked on in a number of technical committees (TCs) within the IEC community.

Issue 03/2018

First International Standards committee for entire AI ecosystem

Industry recognizes standardization will be essential to broad adoption of AI

Information technology has become an integral part of our lives whether it be in the consumer, industrial or commercial aspects. It is hard to imagine life, work or entertainment without it. Artificial intelligence (AI) presents the next digital frontier of the IT evolution.

Issue 02/2018

International Standards provide toolkit for GDPR compliance

Organizations all over the world are being forced to comply with sweeping new EU data protection rules

When the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, on 25 May, it will have a humongous impact on web properties all over the world. It will affect all organizations, wherever they keep their servers, if they provide EU citizens with any kind of information, content or service online.  

Issue 02/2018

Protecting railway networks from cyber threats

Rail networks, as integral parts of critical infrastructure, continue to come under cyber attack

Railways and metro systems have been the subject of a spate of cyber attacks in recent years. Although no major accidents or casualties have been reported so far, it is likely that the problem will get worse and affect safety. As train signalling and control systems move from what were essentially closed systems to open ones based on mobile communication and IP (internet protocol) technologies, cyber security becomes ever more important. IEC International Standards will play a major role in this sector.

Issue 01/2018

Standards are key to the evolution of smart cities

International Forum promotes cooperation of standardization organizations

Around the world, urban populations are booming. An estimated 54.5 percent of global populations lived in urban settlements in 2016 and this number is expected to increase to 60 by 2030, according to research by the United Nations.

Issue 01/2018

Solar thermal first

Inaugural IEC publications for solar thermal electric plants

IEC TC 117: Solar thermal electric plants, publishes its first two Technical Specifications (TS) on solar radiation data sets.

2017
Issue 08/2017

Standards are vital in a connected world

IEC drives latest IoT technology trends

The ubiquitous internet of things (IoT) comprises billions of "sensorized" and connected devices and systems, which are used in many industries, including agriculture, energy management, healthcare, industrial automation, smart buildings, smart cities and transport.

Issue 08/2017

IEC ISO and ITU sign World Smart City Letter of Intent

Collectively delivering standards for smart cities

As urban areas continue to grow, city planners face many challenges. In order to build the complex, compatible infrastructures required to achieve smarter and more sustainable environments, many stakeholders including standards development organizations (SDOs), will have to work together.

Issue 08/2017

It’s anything but a dog’s life

Smart technology is changing how we interact with animals

Our lives, work, and the way we take care of our health continue to evolve. The internet of things (IoT) and smart technology have disrupted industries as diverse as agriculture, construction, healthcare and industrial automation. They are already having an impact on the pet industry and how we treat domesticated animals.

Issue 07/2017

Driving the internet of things through standardization

IoT is all around us with millions of connected devices

The internet of things (IoT) is now in sharp focus for the technology industry and for standards development organizations, such as IEC, which publishes consensus-based International Standards and manages conformity assessment systems for electric and electronic products, systems and services, collectively known as electrotechnology.

Issue 07/2017

IECRE marine energy promoted at largest global hydropower event

Standards and testing enable essential marine technology design evaluation

The leading renewable source for electricity generation globally is hydropower. In 2016, it generated 16.4% of the world's electricity, reaching 1,064 GW of installed capacity, and supplied 71% of all renewable electricity, according to a report by the World Energy Council.

Issue 07/2017

80th anniversary of industrial electroheating standardization

Polish experts continue to play a significant part in leading the development of standards in this important field.

Alicja Haras, Secretary of IEC Technical Committee (TC) 27: Industrial electroheating and electromagnetic processing, looks back at the TC’s history.

Issue 06/2017

A new kind or training

Simulation technology is safe and cuts costs

Modern virtual reality (VR) technology has its origins in the military, and later gaming industries. Many sectors use VR applications to improve business and enhance workplace safety. Some examples include aerospace, advertising, automotive, broadcasting, construction, entertainment, medical, retail and tourism.

Issue 06/2017

Thirty years of ICT standardization

IoT subcommittee is the new kid on the block

The world has never been more connected and surrounded by ICT. Whether we realize it or not, many aspects of ISO/IEC JTC 1 work affect daily life. From a smart toothbrush, animal tracking collar and household appliances, to health monitoring wearables and smart systems in buildings and transport, the list is endless.

Issue 05/2017

From toys to human organs – the diversified world of 3D printing

Today, 3D printing is considered as a disruptive technology that has the potential to radically change the way we produce and consume

The term "3D printing", also known as additive manufacturing, originally referred to a process that deposits a binder material onto a powder bed with inkjet printer heads layer by layer. Recently, it has been used increasingly to include a broader set of additive manufacturing techniques, such as directed energy deposition, material extrusion, material jetting, powder bed fusion, sheet lamination and photopolymerization.

Issue 05/2017

Behind the virtual wheel

Simulation technology helps advance autonomous vehicles and intelligent transport

Virtual reality (VR) applications are improving the workplace of diverse industries. From construction, military and mining, to training first responders, practising complex surgery, or enhancing classroom learning, the list of VR solutions being developed continues to grow.

Issue 02/2017

Standardization enhances network security

Monitoring the network’s physical layer, in other words, the connections, cables, and other hardware assets, provides improved security

As we transition into a smarter world, more buildings are becoming connected to improve overall efficiency. They incorporate new technologies, which manage everything from lighting, heating and energy, to security systems. Many functions, processes and systems of intelligent buildings are entirely dependent on network infrastructure, which must run smoothly and above all be secure.

Issue 01/2017

Where does the real world end?

Blurring the lines

Everyday activities, such as shopping, watching sport on TV or even the ways we work and learn are going to change profoundly in the coming years, as more industries, including education, use augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR).

2016
Issue 07/2016

Rapid growth in home use of medical devices requires new standards

IEC work underpins fast growing support for home use of health and wellness devices

Why are home use medical and wellness devices drawing so much attention and growing at an explosive rate? It could be argued that this results from the nexus of the Internet of Things (IoT), the “super-aging” of societies around the world (which is directly tied to patients wanting to be comfortable in their home environments instead of in sterile impersonal clinical environments), the portability of devices, the growth of wearable technologies, the increasing costs of healthcare and the huge regulatory burden/costs of obtaining approval by national regulators. Also, there has been significant growth in the number of standards and regulations that apply to medical devices, especially around software, health informatics, privacy and security issues.

Issue 09/2016

A year of brand building and increasing visibility

IEC General Secretary addresses Council

During his address to Council, IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk highlighted the main achievements since Minsk and talked about important ongoing projects.

Issue 09/2016

Striking a balance with gender-informed standards

Insights from men and women improve safety for all

Traditionally, women have not been encouraged to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As a result, a low number has made it into this field. Standards are meant to improve the safety and quality of products and services used by everyone. However, to achieve this, they must include the significant physiological differences between men and women and their potential impact in daily situations.

Issue 09/2016

Frankfurt Agreement streamlines European and IEC Standards

New Agreement enhances transparency and pools expert resources

Today, electrical and electronic devices are the largest category of goods traded in the world, representing 17,7% of total trade value in 2015, according to UN Comtrade statistics. This doesn’t include lighting, photographic devices, aircraft and trains. IEC publishes the majority of International Standards for these devices and systems and around 80% of all European electrotechnical standards are identical to or based on IEC International Standards.

Issue 09/2016

The revolutionizing Internet of Things

MSB workshop discusses updates of IoT-related work

From home heating systems, smart medical devices and fridges that automatically replenish food items, to connected cars that guide drivers to free parking spots, increasingly IoT is a part of our daily lives. However, this technology is not new. Industrial applications, power generation, digitization, connectivity and automation have been around for many years and IEC has been working in these areas for some time.

Issue 03/2016

The “Internet” of Energy

Building one global grid with electricity superhighways

On 30 and 31 March 2016, the first International Conference on Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) took place in Beijing, China. The event was initiated by State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Edison Institute and Caring for Climate (C4C), and co-organized among others with the IEC. Dr Shu, IEC Vice President and President of SGCC, and Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO, both presented how such a vision can be brought to reality, to an audience of more than 500 people.

Issue 03/2016

A systems testbed

Jeju island signs MoU with IEC and KATS

On the way to the COP21 climate talks in Paris, Jeju Governor Won Hee-ryong made a stop at the IEC in Geneva. During the meeting the idea surfaced to sign an MoU to simplify the development of a carbon-free infrastructure for the Korean island, notably with the help of IEC International Standards.

2015
Issue 09/2015

Using and referencing International Standards to support public policy

International conference highlights the important role of standardization in global trade, industry, society and its impact closer to home

A conference entitled ‘Using and referencing International Standards to support public policy’, was organized by IEC, ISO and UNECE at the United Nations, Geneva, in November. The attending 175 participants heard how International Standards help to support public policy and enable resilient world trade, policymaking, electrical energy efficiency, safety in the food and medical devices industries, as well as contribute significantly towards disaster risk reduction and sustainable development goals. Here are some of the highlights.

Issue 08/2015

IRENA launches INSPIRE

New collaborative platform drives RE innovation

Hundreds of standards for Renewable Energy technology are now accessible in one easy-to-use platform.

Issue 06/2015

Upcoming global events

IEC participants may get discount on attendance fees

The IEC regularly lends its support to key global and regional industry events allowing them to put forward IEC endorsement on their website and materials. We would like to draw your attention to several events that may be of interest to the IEC community.

Issue 06/2015

Always safer medical electrical equipment

IEC standardization work ensures medical electrical equipment and systems are safe to use and operate

Medical care rests on trust. Trust between patients and medical staff and trust of the latter the equipment they use for examining and treating patients. IEC International Standards are developed specifically to ensure medical electrical equipment and systems are safe to operate, for the well-being of patients and users alike.

Issue 06/2015

Medical biometrics improve patients' care

How the healthcare sector benefits from advances in medical biometrics

Most people are familiar with the use of biometric identification systems – from fingerprints to voice recognition to iris scans – as elements of sophisticated security systems. The field of medical biometrics, however, is focused more on the collection of personal medical data and its use in diagnosis, research, and medical services development, rather than on security and identification.

2014
Issue 03/2014

The healthcare revolution

State-of-the-art technological developments open up new perspectives

Healthcare is undergoing nothing short of a revolution with key advances in long-established technologies and major development in new areas which all depend on electrotechnology.

2011
Issue 03/2011

Go East, Young Man!

IEC TC 9 50th meeting in China highlights growing importance of Asia in TC work

In the electrotechnical domain, the importance industries or countries attach to a particular sector are good pointers to their actual participation in the work of IEC TCs (Technical Committees). The growing contribution of participants from the Asia-Pacific region in IEC TC 9: Electrical equipment and systems for railways, is a perfect example of this.

Issue 03/2011

Updating Smart Grid methodology

Experts from industry, utilities and regional standards organizations from 13 countries attended an IEC international workshop

An international workshop was organized in Paris, France, on 8-9 March by IEC TC (Technical Committee) 8: Systems aspects for electrical energy supply. The purpose was to debate Smart Grid use cases to build up requirements from existing practices.

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Issue 05/2019

IECEE training raises awareness of cyber security for industrial automation

IECEE has developed a testing and certification programme for conformity assessment (CA) solutions for cyber security.

The IECEE Industrial Cyber Security Programme enables manufacturers to demonstrate that their industrial automation equipment complies with regulations.