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Issue 01/2018

The future's intelligent

Artificial intelligence is one trend that’s here to stay

The beginning of the year is always a time for predictions and wild speculation about what the next 12 months have in store for humankind. This is particularly the case in the technology sector where shows such as the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas promise the next revolution in wearables or virtual reality or whatever the buzzword of that particular year is. 

2017
Issue 08/2017

Home smart home

Smart homes drive Standards

The market for smart home devices and systems is booming. The IEC is helping the various industries involved by publishing a number of Standards in the relevant sectors.

Issue 01/2017

Hearing lots of voices?

AI takes connected devices to the next level

In our smart world, a huge number of devices are part of the internet of things (IoT), or becoming so, many of them integrated with our homes, cities, manufacturing or transport systems and infrastructures. Added to this, a growing number of connected consumer devices, appliances and systems are able to carry out many human daily tasks in the home or workplace, whether for healthcare or entertainment. Research by Gartner forecasts the number of connected things will reach 20,8 billion by 2020, of which 13,5 billion will be from the consumer sector.

2016
Issue 08/2016

Moving from the core to the edge

Scaling to support the Internet of Things’ trillions of sensors and billions of systems

The IEC has initiated a White Paper dedicated to Vertical Edge Intelligence in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute’s FOKUS NGNI

Issue 08/2016

IEC actively supports gender diversity

Embracing the female perspective in standardization

Gender equality is essential for achieving peace, defending rights, fostering economic growth, and promoting global well-being. In standardization, it is important to include female insights for everyone’s benefit.

2011
Issue 01/2011

Smarter, safer, greener appliances

IECQ: the best tool for electronic component certification

Your 15-year-old washing machine just broke down and you need to buy a new one? You’re in for a big surprise…the simple washing machine that you switch on by turning the operating dial and pressing the start button is gone. The new machines all use advanced technologies, taking modern lifestyles and environmental issues into consideration.

Issue 01/2011

Perfect balance

Greener load control with smart appliances

At CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 6-9 January 2011 in Las Vegas, US (United States), smart appliances took centre stage. Many manufacturers displayed appliances that not only add a lot of convenience but also can be turned on and off safely and remotely. This feature may seem trivial, but until the Smart Grid is a reality everywhere, “cycling” appliances during peak hours may represent a green solution for load control. During the Smart Grid Homes conference that was held at CES, experts from manufacturers and utilities discussed the potential of appliances for load control.