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Issue 05/2016

Standards support Smart Grid architecture

IEC International Standards will play critical role in Smart Grid power supply and distribution infrastructures

Information is gathered and decision making occurs at substation level in Smart Grids. The electricity-dispatching control centre deals with the strategic management of grid intelligence, while automated management handles transmission and distribution. An intelligent substation reports electricity consumption, switchboard operation, information gathering, and station decision making back to the electricity dispatching control centre. Generally, substations are unattended and rely on supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) for remote supervision and control.

Issue 04/2016

Preventing a potential cybersecurity nightmare

Unmanaged user accounts in industrial environments present significant cybersecurity risks

Cybersecurity is now central to the safe operation of industrial installations, but user accounts for many devices used in these installations are not properly managed. Central user account management combined with Role Based Access Control is the perfect solution for managing user accounts and permissions efficiently and centrally while still providing a state of the art security solution. This eliminates the nightmare of having unmanaged user accounts on hundreds of devices.

Issue 04/2016

IoT on the IEC map

First global workshop for Internet of Things Standards held in Berlin

IEC, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) organized a joint workshop on Standards for Internet of Things on 13 May 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Issue 04/2016

Shipping sets watch for [not so] distant cyberthreats

Maritime industry bodies consider pre-emptive measures to thwart cyberthreats

Piracy has posed a major security threat to mariners everywhere, from Asia to the Mediterranean, since time immemorial. In the future, threats from armed gangs boarding ships and holding vessels and crews for ransom may be replaced by ones from cyberspace. Every day, many institutions, establishments and individuals are the targets of cyberattacks. While the maritime industry has yet to record a major cyber incident, it recognizes that it is only a matter of time before some of its assets are targeted. As a result, it is taking pre-emptive measures, which include the adoption of International Standards, to mitigate the possibility of cyberattacks and their potential impact.

Issue 04/2016

Virtual reality is central to aviation and maritime training

What is often seen as a novelty in many domains has in fact been used for decades

Virtual reality is increasingly making the headlines, thanks mainly to the gaming community, but it started finding its way in a wide range of domains a long time ago. Virtual reality has been around for decades, one of its earlier applications being the training of aircraft pilots in rather basic mechanical installations. It is now widely used in the aviation and maritime sectors to form crews. Many of the systems set up in the very complex training installations in use today rely on a number of IEC International Standards for their operations.

Issue 02/2016

Building trust is a must

Focus on conformity assessment at WSC Workshop

What is conformity assessment (CA)? Why is it important? Why is it inevitably linked to standards? Does it really add value to products and systems? Does it have a role in fighting counterfeit goods? Does it facilitate access to markets and trade? Those are just a few of the many questions that were raised during the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) Workshop on Conformity Assessment that took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 1-2 December 2015. 

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Issue 09/2015

You are the IEC

IEC General Secretary addresses Council

During his address to Council, the IEC General Secretary & CEO, Frans Vreeswijk, provided a brief overview of key accomplishments since Tokyo and drew the audience’s attention to a number of topics of high importance for the future relevance of the Commission.

Issue 05/2015

Adding complex systems to the equation

IEC Training Workshop on standardization strategy, processes and tools for Swiss stakeholders

The era of stand-alone products came to an end together with the 20th century. Granted, interoperability and interconnectivity have been staples of industrial and commercial operations for many years but now, with the new millennium, they have hit the streets.