Tech & innovation

  • Standardizing quantum technologies

    9 April 2021 by Richard Pitwon, Chair IEC TC 86/SC 86B
    A Joint Symposium on Standards for Quantum Technologies was organized at the end of March to bring together stakeholders from the major standards development organizations (SDOs) that are dealing both with quantum and...
  • The future of transport

    25 March 2021 by Antoinette Price
    The past year has been a rollercoaster ride for transport. On the ground, in the air and at sea, services have been hit hard by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A holographic future

    25 January 2021 by Catherine Bischofberger
    By 2030, tech consultancy IDTechEx predicts the augmented, virtual, and mixed reality market will be over USD 30 bn.
  • Active assisted living for everyone

    20 November 2020 by Ulrike Haltrich, Chair, IEC Systems Committee for Active Assisted Living
    At different times in life, people may wish to improve their well-being or require diverse levels of assistance. This could mean enhancing home comforts with smart heating and cooling systems or using intelligent...
  • Safety standards: how to include women?

    11 October 2020 by Catherine Bischofberger
    The news that the first all-woman spacewalk was cancelled in March 2019 because NASA did not plan spacesuits adapted to the women astronauts’ morphology highlighted an issue that has rarely hit the front pages. The world...
  • Spotlight on safety

    24 September 2020 by Philippe Juhel, ACOS Chair
    Switching on a light, using a smartphone, plugging in a hairdryer, taking the bus, car or electric scooter to work, heating food in a microwave, using a computer or electric drill, the list of our daily interactions with...
  • Understanding halogen use

    15 March 2020 by Natalie Mouyal
    Halogens are generally considered to be any of the group of five chemical elements of the periodic table consisting of fluorine (F), chlorine (CI), bromine (Br), iodine (I) and astatine (At). This group of elements had...
  • Machine readable emotions

    15 March 2020 by Natalie Mouyal
    The science fiction movie Her tells the story of a man who falls in love with the virtual assistant on his computer’s operating system. The assistant is personified through a female voice and, using artificial...
  • Standards for safety and security

    15 March 2020 by Antoinette Price
    In recent times, there has not been a more critical need to have access to and use technology, for work, education and in healthcare, to help patients and protect healthcare workers, as the world adjusts to living during...
  • Information technology for smart cities

    15 January 2020 by Natalie Mouyal
    Cities can benefit from the widespread use of data and technology. However, in order to leverage the benefit of new technologies, standards are needed. Not only do they allow for the provision of competitively priced and...
  • Trend setter

    15 January 2020 by Catherine Bischofberger
    What lies in the future for IEC Technical Committee 100? Ulrike Haltrich, its new Chair, gives us a preview.