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Issue 01/2020

Trend setter

Interview with the new Chair of IEC Techical Committee 100

What lies in the future for IEC Technical Committee 100? Ulrike Haltrich, its new Chair, gives us a preview.

2016
Issue 06/2016

IEC and USB-IF united in e-waste fight

Global single-cable solution for audio, video, data and power

The amount of global e-waste — discarded electrical and electronic equipment — reached nearly 49 tonnes in 2013. On average that is more than 20 kg for each person on the planet. By 2017 it is predicted that the world will produce approximately 65 million tonnes of e-waste, or a 33% increase, according to a study conducted by a partnership of United Nations organizations, industry, governments and scientists.

Issue 01/2016

Still young at 90

Radio at the heart of relief efforts

The theme of this year’s World Radio Day, which marks the anniversary of the first broadcast by UN Radio on 13 February 1946, was “Radio in times of emergency and disaster”. Radio makes a unique contribution in such times. It has managed to evolve constantly and has remained at the heart of technical innovation, thanks in no small part to IEC standardization work over 90 years.

Issue 01/2016

Cabled or wireless – high-quality audio is gaining ground

After a long decline high-performance audio has made a comeback

Not such a long time ago high-fidelity, or hi-fi, stereo sound systems, which first started appearing in homes in large numbers in the early 1970s, were considered the ultimate in home entertainment. They provided the best possible sound from sources as diverse as FM radio, LP vinyl records and tape or cassette recorders connected to amplifiers and other sound processing devices, and occupied pride of place in living rooms.

2014
Issue 09/2014

Dedicated to improving quality of life

Standards will help the elderly lead a healthier, more active and independent life

Enhancing the health, quality of life and independence of older people has become a priority for many states as a fast ageing population presents them with a number of social and financial challenges. AAL (Active Assisted Living) is seen as offering opportunities to meet these challenges. IEC TC (Technical Committee) 100: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, has created a TA (Technical Area) dedicated to the preparation of International Standards for AAL, accessibility and user interface.