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Issue 04/2018

Planes, trains and automobiles

The future of transport – from flying cars to electric trucks

New technologies will revolutionize the way we commute and transport goods over short and long distances, helped by a plethora of IEC International Standards.

Issue 02/2018

The future of transport

Could the next taxi you hail be a drone, or will it be a self-driving vehicle you order from your smartphone?

Though this scenario is still some way off, the first unmanned taxi drone had a successful maiden run in Dubai last September.

Issue 02/2018

Protecting railway networks from cyber threats

Rail networks, as integral parts of critical infrastructure, continue to come under cyber attack

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 safety. As train signalling and control systems move from what were essentially closed systems to open ones based on mobile communication and IP (internet protocol) technologies, cyber security becomes ever more important. IEC International Standards will play a major role in this sector.

2017
Issue 08/2017

Railways smarten up in battle for customers

Smart systems will make railways fit to face 21st century challenges

Railway operators are increasingly achieving greater safety and efficiency by using digital technologies and computer‑based management, control and communication systems. The technical advances in modern transportation that the industrial internet of things (IIoT) enables are driving the development of further international standards in the railway sector.

Issue 08/2017

The influence of weather and geography

How topology, climate and country size influence standardization

The Open Session of the 81st IEC General Meeting in Vladivostok focused on the geographical and climatic features that influence the requirements and reliability of electrical and electronic devices as well as on the technologies used in the transportation of people and goods within the Russian Federation.

2016
Issue 03/2016

April 2016 nominations

The latest Chair nominations to IEC TCs approved by the SMB

Several IEC Technical Committees (TCs) have new Chairs, approved by the Standardization Management Board (SMB), who took up their nominations in March and April this year.

2011
Issue 03/2011

Go East, Young Man!

IEC TC 9 50th meeting in China highlights growing importance of Asia in TC work

In the electrotechnical domain, the importance industries or countries attach to a particular sector are good pointers to their actual participation in the work of IEC TCs (Technical Committees). The growing contribution of participants from the Asia-Pacific region in IEC TC 9: Electrical equipment and systems for railways, is a perfect example of this.