Smart Cities

  • Information technology for smart cities

    15 January 2020 by Natalie Mouyal
    Cities can benefit from the widespread use of data and technology. However, in order to leverage the benefit of new technologies, standards are needed. Not only do they allow for the provision of competitively priced and...
  • Innovative technologies broaden use of digital twins

    15 June 2019 by Antoinette Price
    Digital twins are virtual replicas of physical objects or systems. They use real-world data to run simulations of situations before actual devices are built and deployed, and predict different outcomes. Manufacturers...
  • Bright lights, big city

    15 May 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities. This growth is expected to continue with city residents estimated to make up two-thirds of the population by 2050. Megacities – with a population of...
  • Balancing privacy, security and convenience in mobile devices

    15 February 2019 by Alan Hodgson, Chair IEC TC 119: Printed electronics
    Mobile devices have rapidly changed society and the way in which we interact and exchange information. For example, the mobile phone has rapidly evolved from being purely a telephone to the complex smartphone systems of...
  • Looking to the future

    15 January 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    It is a generally accepted notion that we are living in times of rapid change. If, to paraphrase Heraclitus, change is the only constant, then organizations must anticipate areas of possible change and prepare themselves...
  • 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...
  • Building on synergies is the way forward

    15 April 2018 by Antoinette Price
    Increasingly, industry projects need to apply a combination of standards, in order for products and systems to run smoothly. The technology must be interoperable at different levels and between diverse domains, while...
  • AI empowers the workforce

    15 April 2018 by Natalie Mouyal
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the big buzz words in the tech industry. From robots to self-driving cars, digital twins and medical diagnosis, AI promises to deliver innovation on the scale of the discovery of...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • CES technology trends for 2018

    15 January 2018 by Natalie Mouyal
    Early on each New Year, technology companies gather in Las Vegas for the annual CES show. The 2018 edition brought together 3900 exhibitors displaying their latest developments. Analysts from the show organizer, 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...
  • Successful leaders adapt in fast changing world

    20 August 2017 by Antoinette Price
    Our world is changing rapidly and technologies are converging all around us. Enhancements in communications, renewable energy, medical devices and many other areas have improved health, economic safety and development...
  • Dealing with natural and industrial disasters

    21 June 2017 by Morand Fachot
    Natural and industrial or accidental disasters can take many forms and have devastating human and material consequences. Some may be prevented or their impact mitigated through forecast, others not. Rescuing victims and...
  • Securing critical infrastructure all the way to the top

    21 May 2017 by Morand Fachot
    As more and more objects are connected, communicate and interact with each other, in what is labelled the internet of things (IoT), they become building blocks in larger systems. Known and unknown vulnerabilities in this...
  • Towards sustainable, Smart Communities

    21 April 2017 by Janice Blondeau
    To mark the occasion of the 2017 G7 Summit, an article about the IEC contribution in dealing with climate change in cities and communities, written by Frans Vreeswijk, General Secretary and CEO, appears in the official...
  • When power fails

    21 April 2017 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Power failure recovery is a key task for governments, hospitals and private businesses to get to grips with if they want to reduce the disruption caused by power outages resulting from natural disasters. Smart and...
  • We need your creativity!

    21 April 2017 by Claire Marchand
    The World Standards Day competition is back. In past years, we’ve had first poster competitions, then video competitions – this year we have both.
  • Brave new car world

    21 April 2017 by Catherine Bischofberger
    What is the future for cars, buses and trucks? Manufacturers are competing to stay relevant in the years ahead. The IEC is also paving the way with a number of forward-looking Standards.