Tech & innovation

  • Standards are vital in a connected world

    21 August 2017 by Antoinette Price
    The ubiquitous internet of things (IoT) comprises billions of "sensorized" and connected devices and systems, which are used in many industries, including agriculture, energy management, healthcare, industrial automation...
  • Railways smarten up in battle for customers

    21 August 2017 by Peter Feuilherade
    Railway operators are increasingly achieving greater safety and efficiency by using digital technologies and computer‑based management, control and communication systems. The technical advances in modern transportation...
  • New generation

    21 August 2017 by Catherine Bischofberger
    The world's growing population and the increasing use of renewable energies are posing unprecedented challenges for the conventional electricity grid. Intelligent systems which can accommodate renewable and distributed...
  • Onboarding the next generation of experts

    21 August 2017 by Claire Marchand
    The 21st century has already seen the ineluctable acceleration of technological developments that affect every one of us in our personal and professional lives. Electrotechnical standardization work and conformity...
  • Exciting times ahead

    21 August 2017 by Gabriela Ehrlich
    Originally elected as Treasurer at the General Meeting in Melbourne, Australia, in 2011, Åke Danemar has served the IEC over the past six years with enthusiasm and competence. As he comes to the end of his term, Danemar...
  • Don’t be a fool, follow the rule

    21 August 2017 by Gabriela Ehrlich
    For more than half his life, Ulrich Spindler has participated in standards development and conformity assessment (CA) activities, at the German, European and international levels. Between 2002 and 2007, he was President...
  • The influence of weather and geography

    21 August 2017 by Gabriela Ehrlich
    The Open Session of the 81st IEC General Meeting in Vladivostok focused on the geographical and climatic features that influence the requirements and reliability of electrical and electronic devices as well as on the...
  • Home smart home

    20 August 2017 by Catherine Bischofberger
    The market for smart home devices and systems is booming. The IEC is helping the various industries involved by publishing a number of Standards in the relevant sectors.
  • SMB Meeting in Vladivostok

    20 August 2017 by Gabriela Ehrlich
    IEC e-tech talked with Ralph Sporer, new IEC Vice-President and Chair of the Standardization Management Board (SMB) during the General Meeting in Vladivostok, Russia. Sporer shared key decisions and expected impact as...
  • Increasing the speed of standardization

    15 July 2017 by Johanna Vepsä
    Jan-Henrik Tiedemann, IEC Community Manager, an architect and civil engineer as well as a self-proclaimed coffee enthusiast, was in a leading role on the first day of the SESKO-IEC Workshop 2017. Why does the IEC hold...
  • Turn up the heat

    15 July 2017 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Safety is a crucial concern for anyone working in industries that use electroheating. The IEC has established key International Standards in that area under the remit of IEC Technical Committee (TC) 27: Industrial...
  • A place in the sun

    15 July 2017 by Catherine Bischofberger
    As the price of photovoltaic (PV) systems continues to tumble and the requirement for cleaner renewable forms of energy grows, more and more of our energy needs will be met by PV-generated power. The IEC is a leader in...
  • Here comes the sun

    15 July 2017 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity is rapidly increasing its share of global power generation. Technology and production breakthroughs are making it cheaper to manufacture. The IEC is leading the way with the...
  • Tried and tested

    15 July 2017 by Adrian Pennington
    A number of low voltage direct current (LVDC) trials are preparing the ground for a wider use of the technology, both in developed and developing countries.