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...
  • 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...
  • April-May nominations and extensions

    15 May 2018 by Claire Marchand
    Over the past few months, the Standardization Management Board (SMB) nominated several new Chairs for different IEC technical committees (TCs).The SMB has approved the extension of the term of office of:
  • From conflict to civvy street

    15 May 2018 by Morand Fachot
    In conflicts, throughout history all sides have tried to make the best possible use of inventions and technology to gain a decisive advantage over adversaries. At the same time developing systems to minimize one’s own...
  • The lighting revolution

    15 May 2018 by Catherine Bischofberger
    The invention of the light bulb had a major effect on the lives of people in the 20th century. Over the years, lighting technology has never ceased to evolve. The various milestones reached along the way coincide with...
  • Paving the way for innovation

    15 May 2018 by Zoë Smart
    Credited with increasing our quality of life and boosting economies and employee productivity, “innovation” is one term that is ubiquitous in today’s media landscape.