Tech & innovation

  • 166th SMB meeting held in Shanghai

    15 May 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 April 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 April 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 April 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 March 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 March 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 March 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...
  • Measuring human exposure to 5G

    15 March 2019 by Michael A. Mullane
    5G is the latest generation of mobile network technology. It promises greater capacity, as well as significantly faster download speeds than the current 4G networks. It will mean loading the HD version of a three-hour...
  • Women still gotta fight!

    15 February 2019 by Claire Marchand
    Women are still underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). According to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 29% of those in science research and...
  • Recovering from disasters

    15 February 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    From severe droughts to hurricanes and flooding, disasters appear more frequently and with a greater intensity than in the past. Recognizing the human and economic toll of these disasters caused by climate change, the...
  • Looking to the future

    15 January 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    It is a generally accepted notion that we are living in times of rapid change. If, to paraphrase Heraclitus, change is the only constant, then organizations must anticipate areas of possible change and prepare themselves...
  • Automatizing the power grid

    15 January 2019 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) play a key role in grid automation. A new IEC standard is in the works to make these systems vendor-agnostic.