Tech & innovation

  • Watching the road ahead

    21 April 2017 by Alan Hodgson, Chair IEC TC 119
    Machine vision has a great future in transportation, particularly as we move towards autonomous vehicles. Dealing with standardization in this area will require joint work between different Standards Developing...
  • Battle for the connected car

    21 April 2017 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Automotive giants and telecoms outfits must work together to make way for the connected car but they have opposing views of how it should come about. One of the friction points is cyber security. The IEC is working with...
  • Are we driving or ride sharing?

    21 April 2017 by Antoinette Price
    In the next decade, cars will be well on the way to, or have reached the goal of becoming fully self-driving. As the industry continues to develop new levels of autonomous vehicles, the whole notion of personal transport...
  • Charging on the go

    21 April 2017 by Clark Warrington
    Each day buses log thousands of kilometers following routes on the streets of cities and towns around the globe. It may seem unremarkable, then, for a fleet of buses to have provided a total of 500 000 kilometers of...
  • To drive or not to drive?

    21 April 2017 by Claire Marchand
    Imagine someone who hasn’t driven a car in the past 30 years. Taking the wheel of a modern car today, this person would probably be lost trying to figure out all the electronics inside. Voice command, self-driving cars...
  • Expanded scope for SyC AAL

    21 March 2017 by Morand Fachot
    To deal with Active Assisted Living (AAL) issues, the IEC has established a Systems Committee, IEC SyC AAL. This SyC has the role of promoting safety, security, privacy and cross-vendor interoperability in the use of AAL...
  • Relying on AAL for a better life

    21 March 2017 by Morand Fachot
    Keeping individuals in need of certain levels of assistance active and living at home as independently and as long as possible is emerging as a major issue in many countries. This drives a significant growth in many...
  • Getting about is made easier

    21 February 2017 by Catherine Bischofberger
    The life of people with disabilities has improved drastically thanks to advances in technology. Their mobility outside of the home has increased in leaps and bounds, to the extent that the technology may be used to...
  • Independence means everything

    21 February 2017 by Claire Marchand
    What immediately comes to mind when evoking active assisted living (AAL) is that it is essential in helping senior citizens keep as good a quality of life as possible. The focus is obviously on the elderly in...
  • IEC work to advance international trade

    24 January 2017 by Janice Blondeau
    Every January, international political, business and civil society leaders gather at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss global politics, economics, and social issues. This year, the IEC was...
  • Why Smart is more than intelligent

    24 January 2017 by Gabriela Ehrlich
    Smart is today widely used to signify added intelligence in an increasing number of otherwise ordinary constructs. The question is: why and when did we start to use the word SMART?
  • Where does the real world end?

    24 January 2017 by Antoinette Price
    Everyday activities, such as shopping, watching sport on TV or even the ways we work and learn are going to change profoundly in the coming years, as more industries, including education, use augmented and virtual...
  • Tech trends 2017

    24 January 2017 by Gabriela Ehrlich
    For the first time in history, voice recognition has reached a level close to human understanding. This opens up new opportunities, notably in replacing the smartphone as a ubiquitous interface. The sensorization and...