Tech & innovation

  • More power to you!

    15 April 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.
  • April-May nominations and extensions

    15 March 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 March 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 March 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...
  • Women in a man's world

    15 March 2018 by Claire Marchand
    Women’s contributions to science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) have often been overlooked and left out of history books. When asked to name inventors, people tend to cite Thomas Edison, Graham Bell...
  • Paving the way for innovation

    15 March 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.
  • From driver to driven – and how to get there

    15 February 2018 by Antoinette Price
    The internet of things (IoT) – consisting of millions of “sensorized” connected devices and systems – and artificial intelligence (AI) – combining analytics, machine learning and algorithms – are making the world smarter...
  • How safe is your car from hackers?

    15 February 2018 by Michael A. Mullane
    IHS Markit predicts that more than 70 million connected cars will be on the road by 2023. Connected cars enable drivers to receive updated traffic information, send messages or access personalized entertainment systems...
  • Fly me to the sky

    15 February 2018 by Catherine Bischofberger
    New technology is revolutionizing the way we will consider transport in the near future. Flying cars are one of the options on the cards and a number of IEC Standards can help the various industries involved.
  • Primetime Emmy award for IEC, ISO and ITU

    15 January 2018 by Claire Marchand
    Last October, the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded an Emmy for outstanding achievement in engineering to the expert group responsible for ‘High Efficiency Video Coding’, the video compression standard...
  • Achieving harmonization

    15 January 2018 by Claire Marchand
    Capacitors, resistors and inductors are passive components. Together with active components (semiconductors), circuit boards, connectors and some other components such as filters, switches and fuses, they represent the...
  • Living in a smart world

    15 January 2018 by Antoinette Price
    Whether we realize it or not, the internet of things (IoT) is part of many aspects of daily life. Thanks to billions of connected, “sensorized” devices and systems, it can facilitate everyday activities and tasks and...
  • Baby tech boom

    15 January 2018 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Baby-related technology is increasingly about monitoring newborns from afar using the latest facial recognition tools and artificial intelligence software.
  • The future's intelligent

    15 January 2018 by Zoë Smart
    The beginning of the year is always a time for predictions and wild speculation about what the next 12 months have in store for humankind. This is particularly the case in the technology sector where shows such as the...