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...
  • 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...
  • 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 March 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 March 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.
  • Robot cars

    15 January 2019 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming cars into friendly robots. The Las Vegas tech fest, which took place in January, offered tantalizing glimpses into the future for automotive vehicles.
  • A glimpse into the future

    15 July 2018 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Cutting edge research and development (R&D) projects are improving tomorrow’s world for people with disabilities, for car drivers and even for radio listeners. IEC Technical Committee (TC) 100: Audio, video and...
  • Building on synergies is the way forward

    15 July 2018 by Antoinette Price
    Increasingly, industry projects need to apply a combination of standards, in order for products and systems to run smoothly. The technology must be interoperable at different levels and between diverse domains, while...
  • Planes, trains and automobiles

    15 July 2018 by Catherine Bischofberger
    New technologies will revolutionize the way we commute and transport goods over short and long distances, helped by a plethora of IEC International Standards.
  • More power to you!

    15 July 2018 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Technology breakthroughs are lowering the cost of renewable energies while low-voltage direct current systems (LVDC) are being tested by experts both in the developed and developing world.