Tech & innovation

  • The future of the printer

    15 November 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 November 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 November 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 September 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 September 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 September 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 September 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...
  • 166th SMB meeting held in Shanghai

    15 September 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB) held its most recent meeting during the IEC General Meeting in Shanghai. Key topics covered include the UN Sustainable Development Goals, digital transformation, promoting...
  • From apprentice to president

    15 July 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    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...
  • Sign of the times

    15 July 2019 by Catherine Bischofberger
    The work of IEC Technical Committee 3 has much evolved since the early days of the IEC, partly as a result of the gradual digitalization of our societies.
  • Standards help achieve SDGs

    15 July 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    The United Nations defines 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the core of its blueprint for building a better world by 2030. The SDGs serve as a call for action to all countries to promote prosperity while...
  • Under the laser spotlight

    15 May 2019 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Laser technology is so widely used today that we forget that it can be dangerous for our health if it does not meet the strictest safety standards. IEC expertise in producing safety specifications for lasers is...
  • Standards will make e-scooters safer

    15 May 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    Walking down a city street, pedestrians have recently been confronted by a new phenomenon. Sailing by on sidewalks or bike lanes, commuters have adopted electric scooters as a popular mode of transportation. Offering a...
  • Virtual reality makes real life even better

    15 May 2019 by Antoinette Price
    Imagine being able to see the issues of large-scale construction projects before building is complete and to collaborate with engineers and architects to keep on top of changes, or observe a city’s infrastructure in real...