Tech & innovation

  • 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.
  • Broad societal challenges

    15 June 2018 by Gabriela Ehrlich
    In his address to Council, Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO, reminded the audience that electrotechnology is essential in addressing broad societal challenges, such as universal energy access, more efficient...
  • Thwarting cyber attacks in aviation

    15 June 2018 by Morand Fachot
    Cyber attacks are carried out by a range of perpetrators. They include individuals, organized criminals and state-sponsored entities. Sometimes their malicious goals are distinct or overlapping and may include one or...
  • Keeping kids safe

    15 June 2018 by Natalie Mouyal
    With the holidays approaching, many parents have entered the mad rush to find the perfect gift for their offspring. And, as a stroll through the toy section of any department store demonstrates, the choice is unlimited.
  • Healthcare needs doctors and machines

    15 June 2018 by Antoinette Price
    Imagine being able to predict medical conditions in healthy people and take steps to prevent them before symptoms develop, or having fully autonomous systems monitor critical patients in intensive care units instead of...
  • The risks of connected lives

    15 June 2018 by Natalie Mouyal
    Turn on the radio, set the timer for dinner, turn down the temperature, shut off the lights. With the internet of things (IoT), all of this is possible from the comfort of the couch or while sitting on the bus. As noted...
  • Waste not, want not!

    15 May 2018 by Adrian Pennington
    As the amount of electronic and electrical equipment waste (e-waste) generated each year continues to increase, the work accomplished by the IEC becomes ever more essential in helping manufacturers meet legal...
  • Growing high-tech salads

    15 May 2018 by Natalie Mouyal
    LEDs provide the lighting plants need to grow. Sensors measure temperature and humidity levels. Robots harvest and package produce. This could represent the future for growing fruit and vegetables in a niche industry...
  • Electricity for the 21st Century - for all

    15 May 2018 by Vimal Mahendru
    Take a look around you. Is there anything we can do without electricity? Be it lighting, education, healthcare, productive work of almost any kind - everything requires electricity. And yet, today, there are around 1,1...
  • A glimpse into the future

    15 April 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 April 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...