Warning, mitigating, rescuing

Issue 04/2017 Technology – an asset for disaster prevention and relief

Natural disasters strike at regular intervals on our planet. As their number seems to be increasing over the years, numerous measures have been taken, at the national, regional or international level, to help prevent them or to mitigate their impact. More...

When power fails

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...

Dealing with known unknowns – and knowns

Natural and industrial or accidental disasters can take many forms and have devastating human and material consequences. Some may be forecast, others not, and there may be a range of significantly...

Robots to the rescue

Rapid advances in technology are revolutionizing the roles of aerial, terrestrial and maritime robotic systems in disaster relief, search and rescue (SAR) and salvage operations. Robots and drones can...

Virtual training for real situations

Virtual reality (VR) is being used across many industries to improve business and enhance workplace safety. The industries include aerospace, advertising, automotive, construction, energy, defence,...

Plug and play for refugees

Access to clean and affordable energy for all is a sustainable development goal for the United Nations and the IEC is contributing to the effort with a number of its International Standards....

Texting cows and talking fields

Imagine getting a text from a cow which is about to calve or from a field to say it needs watering, while drones, smart machinery and mini ‘agribots’ tend to your crops. This scenario may not be...

Technical Committees Mitigating the risks and impact of explosions

Explosions in a wide range of industrial or other installations...

Technical Committees Ten years of marine energy standardization

Today, a number of different technologies are being developed to...

Conformity Assessment Effective testing for hazardous substances in electronic equipment

Electrical and electronic equipment is part of our lives, from...

Conformity Assessment The hazardous world of Ex Marking

This article was first published in HazardEx on 20...

Conformity Assessment Sensors at the heart of disaster relief

Long gone is the time when populations knew of an earthquake when...

IEC Family Countdown to Vladivostok

National Committees (NCs) have until the end of July to register...

IEC Family May 2017 nominations

The Standardization Management Board (SMB) has nominated a new...

IEC World LVDC for sustainable electricity access needs standardization

Over 170 participants from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin and North...

IEC World Smart and sustainable utilities enabled by standardization

IEC Chair for Systems Committee on Smart Energy gives keynote address

IEC World Towards sustainable, Smart Communities

G7 Summit, 26-27 May 2017 in Taormina, Italy

IEC World Upcoming global events

On the agenda: LVDC, energy management, lighting, IoT, hydropower, solar PV asset management and rotating machinery

In Store Energy efficient is definitely cool

New publication aims at making refrigerators and freezers more energy efficient