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March 2017

IEC calls on disruptive technology for universal energy access

Announcing the LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access, 22-23 May 2017, in Nairobi

Energy, and especially electricity, is the golden thread that impacts the majority of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and furthermore, the development of every nation and economy.  The UN recognizes electricity access as a key pillar for economic development because it helps to reduce poverty and hunger, improves educational opportunities and enables higher quality healthcare.

January 2017

Why Smart is more than intelligent

The origin of the word Smart

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?

January 2017

Aiming for 100% interoperability

Standards are part of the solution to make smart everything fully connected

The past year may not have seen significant breakthroughs in the tech world but 2017 is promising some interesting technological developments.

2016
November 2016

What makes energy smart?

Energy-efficient technological advances will benefit everyone

Energy in itself is not smart. What makes it smart then? The numerous technological advances that allow companies and household to use energy more efficiently.

November 2016

Smart cities to boost energy efficiency

A wide range of technologies will help cities optimize energy use

In hundreds of smart city projects around the world, governments, municipalities and private stakeholders are investing in smart grids, open data platforms and networked transport systems to meet the challenges of environmental sustainability, population growth and urbanization. 

October 2016

Smart Cities for the golden years

Smart City technologies have the potential to enable the disabled and elderly to remain independent for longer, and live healthy, mobile lives

The proportion of people aged over 60 will almost double from 12 to 22% between 2015 and 2050, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In line with this, the WHO World Report on Disability states that currently more than one billion people live with some form of disability worldwide. The figure is expected to rise in the coming years as populations age.

October 2016

Smart assistance

IEC takes systems approach for standardization in Active Assisted Living

One of the emerging trends of the 21st century is the ageing of the world population. 

August 2016

Smart Energy moves ahead

Systems Committee on Smart Energy Technical Committee Forum

Smart Energy can be described as connecting many points of generation with many points of consumption, from end-to-end,  not limited to just the electric grid. Smart Energy is also about all energy needs for Smart Cities. The IEC Systems Committee (SyC) on Smart Energy aims to create one international platform for a comprehensive portfolio of standards – efficient and easy-to-use standards that can be used by any project working on Smart Energy.  The work of SyC Smart Energy includes wide consultation within the IEC community and a broader group of external stakeholders, in the areas of Smart Energy and Smart Grid, also including Heat and Gas.

August 2016

Share your work

We need your stories

Take the 169 countries in the IEC family, the 20 000 technical experts who work in standards development, the many Certification Bodies (CBs) and Test Laboratories (TLs) in the IEC Conformity Assessment (CA) Systems, and add to the mix the rapid pace at which technologies are evolving today and you have hundreds, if not thousands of stories that can be told within the IEC community. 

August 2016

Moving cities to greater smartness

First World Smart City Forum: more than half a million city stakeholders reached

The first World Smart City Forum was held on 13 July 2016, co-located with the World Cities Summit in the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. More than 300 participants joined the live event and listened to world experts who addressed, discussed and accepted live questions from audiences in the room and online. The event was simultaneously live-streamed to close to 1 000 online participants and IEC tweets reached well over half a million city stakeholders. The online community www.worldsmartcity.org has more than 1 000 active members.

August 2016

The technology that makes our world tick

International Standards contribute to the prevention of cyberattacks

As more areas of our lives become connected to the Internet of Things (IoT), the work of experts in ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1: Information Technology, who develop worldwide International Standards for business and consumer applications in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), is increasingly crucial. 

May 2016

Upcoming global events

Smart Cities and hydropower on the agenda

The IEC regularly supports key global and regional industry events, which can present the IEC endorsement on their website and materials.

January 2016

Why cities must become smarter, now

Launch of global platform, initiated by the IEC

Everybody wants to build Smart Cities but what is needed to make them come true? Which city pain points are hindering Smart City development and how can they be best overcome? A new online community initiated by the IEC in partnership with ISO and ITU aims to help stakeholders worldwide make their cities smarter. It is part of the lead-up to the first World Smart City Forum which will take place in Singapore on 13 July 2016.

2015
December 2015

Energy Efficiency: from theory to reality

Council Open Session – 16 October 2015

Increasing the efficiency on how energy is generated and then used, should not remain idle talk. And while measuring is important to know where to improve, factual changes on the ground will make all the difference.

December 2015

You are the IEC

IEC General Secretary addresses Council

During his address to Council, the IEC General Secretary & CEO, Frans Vreeswijk, provided a brief overview of key accomplishments since Tokyo and drew the audience’s attention to a number of topics of high importance for the future relevance of the Commission.

November 2015

Keeping smart homes safe and secure

Security is one of the key drivers for connected homes, after smart energy

Connected safety and security systems and devices with remote monitoring capabilities are expanding their share of the global smart home market. A survey in the UK in July 2015 identified security as the second most important of five key drivers for the connected home, after smart energy. The BI Intelligence research company estimates that by 2019 home security systems will account for 38% of the connected home market.

September 2015

Smart, smarter, smartest

Why it is essential for cities and energy to become smarter

To deliver services and maintain an acceptable quality of life for their citizens, cities need to get smarter and make more efficient use of resources.

September 2015

IoT to make buildings and cities "smarter"

The Internet of Things is emerging as a main driver in the development of smart buildings

As smart commercial buildings become incorporated into the wider energy control networks of smart cities and linked to other aspects such as transport, water and air quality, the increasing intelligence and automation of buildings will play a key role in the smart cities of the future.

September 2015

Smart Cities require a holistic approach to infrastructure

The need to make cities sustainable will drive the adoption of a range of smart solutions

With mass urbanization emerging as an unstoppable trend across the world, cities need to become sustainable on many levels. The solution is to design smart solutions at all levels to help meet multiple challenges and lead to the development of smart cities.

June 2015

Smart Cities mitigating climate change

IEC advocacy in the G7 Climate change magazine

To mark the occasion of the G7, held in Schloss Elmau, Germany, on 7 and 8 June under the chairmanship of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the IEC published an article about its contribution in dealing with climate change in Smart Cities, written by Frans Vreeswijk.

2014
December 2014

Future directions

IEC publishes three new White Papers

The IEC MSB (Market Strategy Board) helps identify what areas the IEC should focus on in the future through the identification of key technological trends and market needs. It publishes recommendations in the form of White Papers. Three new IEC White Papers focus on Smart Cities, the Internet of Things and Microgrids for disaster preparedness and recovery.

December 2014

A smart organization for a smarter world

IEC President addresses Council

Addressing Council for the first time as IEC President, Junji Nomura expressed his pleasure at doing so in his home country, Japan. Satisfied with the state of the organization which he described as ‘strong and healthy’ with a ‘truly global reach’, he nonetheless emphasized the need for the IEC to continue to improve its services while keeping up with the fast-changing global market.

December 2014

SMB meeting in Tokyo

SMB Chairman shares board's key decisions

IEC e-tech talked to James E. Matthews III, IEC Vice-President and Chairman of the SMB (Standardization Management Board) during the General Meeting in Tokyo, Japan. Matthews shared key decisions and why they are needed to ensure IEC relevance in the future.