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

    15 March 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 March 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 March 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...
  • 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...