sensors

  • Robots in the frontline of the fight against COVID-19

    15 February 2020 by Michael A. Mullane and Catherine Bischofberger
    A recent article in Science Robotics suggests that robots could be effective resources in combating COVID-19. They can be used for disinfection, to deliver medicine and food and measure vital signs. A hospital at the...
  • From boomers to gen Zers

    15 January 2020 by Claire Marchand
    For the first time perhaps in the history of mankind, industrialized countries now often have four generations cohabiting in the workplace: baby boomers (born between 1944 and 1964), generation X or Xers (1965-1980)...
  • Brain power

    15 January 2020 by Catherine Bischofberger
    The brain contains about 100 billion microscopic cells called neurons which together can generate enough electricity to power a low-wattage bulb. Scientists, researchers as well as forward-looking tech companies are...
  • The connected mine

    15 June 2019 by Claire Marchand
    Mining is one of the most ancient trades performed by humans. It is also one of the trades whose evolution has been fairly slow, considering that the first mining efforts were to search for stones suitable for making...
  • Have you taken your medication today?

    15 May 2019 by Claire Marchand
    As far back as 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that only about 50% of patients with chronic diseases living in developed countries follow treatment recommendations with particularly low rates of...
  • Smart made safe

    15 March 2019 by Claire Marchand
    In the last decade the healthcare sector, which had until then been mainly in the hands of professionals, has seen a major shift. People now keep tabs on their diet, activity and health with the help of dedicated smart...
  • Moving data around the network

    15 March 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    The digitalization of information is underway. It is enabling the use of data to better understand our preferences and provide us with the services that match our needs. At home, the data collected and analyzed ensures...
  • Trust in your electronics

    15 January 2019 by Claire Marchand
    Technological development in the electronics industry has evolved not just at a rapid pace but has been accelerating steadily over the past 20 to 30 years. There have been many success stories and many failures...
  • Robot cars

    15 January 2019 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming cars into friendly robots. The Las Vegas tech fest, which took place in January, offered tantalizing glimpses into the future for automotive vehicles.
  • SMB Meeting in Busan

    15 June 2018 by Gabriela Ehrlich
    Ralph Sporer, IEC Vice-President and Chair of the Standardization Management Board (SMB) shared key decisions with IEC e-tech.
  • A glimpse into the future

    15 April 2018 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Cutting edge research and development (R&D) projects are improving tomorrow’s world for people with disabilities, for car drivers and even for radio listeners. IEC Technical Committee (TC) 100: Audio, video and...
  • Clothes that reveal how you really feel

    15 April 2018 by Alan Hodgson, Chair, IEC TC 119: Printed Electronics
    International Standards for wearable electronics devices are now being actively worked on in a number of technical committees (TCs) within the IEC community.
  • Planes, trains and automobiles

    15 April 2018 by Catherine Bischofberger
    New technologies will revolutionize the way we commute and transport goods over short and long distances, helped by a plethora of IEC International Standards.
  • Smarter living

    15 April 2018 by Natalie Mouyal
    Nearly every aspect of our lives bears the imprint of smart technology. From home thermostats controlled via a smart phone to watches that monitor our health, the number of traditional devices that are becoming connected...
  • Small and powerful

    15 March 2018 by Claire Marchand
    Electronics are omnipresent today. For the younger generations, it must be difficult to imagine life without the array of electronic, smart devices that are an integral part of our daily interactions. Few realize that...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Electronics inside

    15 January 2018 by Claire Marchand
    What do artificial intelligence, robotics, biometrics, virtual and augmented reality, sports innovations, digital health and 5G connectivity have in common? First, they were all singled out at CES 2018, the Consumer...