Tech & innovation

  • Understanding halogen use

    15 February 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 February 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...
  • Robots in the frontline of the fight against COVID-19

    15 February 2020 by Michael A. Mullane and Catherine Bischofberger
    A recent article in Science Robotics suggests that robots could be effective resources in combating COVID-19. They can be used for disinfection, to deliver medicine and food and measure vital signs. A hospital at the...
  • Standards for safety and security

    15 February 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...
  • Giving a new shape to the economy

    15 January 2020 by Natalie Mouyal
    The circular economy calls for a paradigm shift in production and consumption across society. Continual cycles recover and restore products, components and materials through strategies such as reuse, repair...
  • 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.
  • Brain power

    15 January 2020 by Catherine Bischofberger
    The brain contains about 100 billion microscopic cells called neurons which together can generate enough electricity to power a low-wattage bulb. Scientists, researchers as well as forward-looking tech companies are...
  • The future of the printer

    15 June 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    Nearly all industries are impacted by the move to an all-digital environment. The reality is no different for the printing machine industry as the total sale of printers decreases worldwide and fewer documents are kept...
  • Disruptive technologies and positive change

    15 June 2019 by Michael A. Mullane
    This is an edited excerpt from a new OCEANIS (open community for ethics in autonomous and intelligent systems) think piece about the role of standards in developing the dependability and trustworthiness of AI-related...
  • Protecting manufacturing from cyber attacks

    15 June 2019 by Michael A. Mullane
    Half of the manufacturing companies that took part in a recent survey in the US admitted they had suffered a data breach or cyber attack in the previous 12 months. Unfortunately, such attacks are part of a growing global...
  • Bright lights, big city

    15 May 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities. This growth is expected to continue with city residents estimated to make up two-thirds of the population by 2050. Megacities – with a population of...
  • Standing straight

    15 May 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    Digital human modelling (DHM) provides a virtual representation of humans and their behaviours. As an academic field of research that combines technology and design, DHM has more recently generated the interest of...
  • Mind games

    15 May 2019 by Catherine Bischofberger
    The medical profession is resorting to virtual reality, telemedecine and artificial intelligence (AI) to treat mental illness. These technologies improve the access to patients and the results are more than encouraging.
  • Building an age-friendly world

    15 May 2019 by Catherine Bischofberger
    From robots to wearables, various technology breakthroughs are helping the elderly population better cope with the many inconveniences associated with old age. IEC International Standards help these new devices to...