International Standards

  • Making cities smarter

    15 June 2018 by Natalie Mouyal
    Quayside, a waterfront district in Toronto, is advertised as the first city to be "built from the Internet up". A joint partnership between Google Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto, Quayside seeks to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Eliminating bias from algorithms

    15 June 2018 by Mike Mullane
    Wael Diab, who is leading international efforts to standardize artificial intelligence (AI), has identified the mitigation of data bias as a priority challenge for eventual future standards work. Diab recently told the...
  • Protecting supply chains against cyber attacks

    15 June 2018 by Mike Mullane
    In recent months, a number of international studies and reports have highlighted an alarming increase in cyber attacks targeting the supply chain. One such survey, conducted in the Americas, Asia and Europe, suggests...
  • Keeping our cyber world safe

    15 June 2018 by Antoinette Price
    As with any other day, you wake up, check the smart phone, read emails, note sleep quality, get the real-time weather update and dress accordingly, adjust your smart home settings from an app, jump in the car, ask your...
  • International Standards provide toolkit for GDPR compliance

    15 March 2018 by Michael A. Mullane
    When the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, on 25 May, it will have a humongous impact on web properties all over the world. It will affect all organizations, wherever they keep...
  • Protecting railway networks from cyber threats

    15 March 2018 by Morand Fachot
    Railways and metro systems have been the subject of a spate of cyber attacks in recent years. Although no major accidents or casualties have been reported so far, it is likely that the problem will get worse and affect...
  • Solar thermal first

    15 January 2018 by Catherine Bischofberger
    IEC TC 117: Solar thermal electric plants, publishes its first two Technical Specifications (TS) on solar radiation data sets.
  • Standards are key to the evolution of smart cities

    15 January 2018 by Antoinette Price
    Around the world, urban populations are booming. An estimated 54.5 percent of global populations lived in urban settlements in 2016 and this number is expected to increase to 60 by 2030, according to research by 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...
  • IEC ISO and ITU sign World Smart City Letter of Intent

    20 August 2017 by Antoinette Price
    As urban areas continue to grow, city planners face many challenges. In order to build the complex, compatible infrastructures required to achieve smarter and more sustainable environments, many stakeholders including...
  • It’s anything but a dog’s life

    20 August 2017 by Antoinette Price
    Our lives, work, and the way we take care of our health continue to evolve. The internet of things (IoT) and smart technology have disrupted industries as diverse as agriculture, construction, healthcare and industrial...
  • 80th anniversary of industrial electroheating standardization

    15 July 2017 by Alicja Haras, Secretary of IEC Technical Committee (TC) 27: Industrial electroheating and electromagnetic processing
    Alicja Haras, Secretary of IEC Technical Committee (TC) 27: Industrial electroheating and electromagnetic processing, looks back at the TC’s history.
  • Driving the internet of things through standardization

    15 July 2017 by Gilles Thonet, Head of Information and Communication Technologies Standards, IEC
    The internet of things (IoT) is now in sharp focus for the technology industry and for standards development organizations, such as IEC, which publishes consensus-based International Standards and manages conformity...