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Issue 01/2018

Primetime Emmy award for IEC, ISO and ITU

US Academy of Television honours 'High Efficiency Video Coding'

Last October, the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded an Emmy for outstanding achievement in engineering to the expert group responsible for ‘High Efficiency Video Coding’, the video compression standard that has emerged as the primary coding format for Ultra-High Definition (UHD) TV.

Issue 08/2017

30 years of Standards for cutting-edge technology

ISO/IEC JTC 1 to broaden its remit

Information technology doesn’t stand still and neither does the IEC and ISO joint technical committee, ISO/IEC JTC 1, established in 1987 to cover these technologies. This year, as ISO/IEC JTC 1 celebrates its 30-year anniversary, experts from 33 countries continue to contribute to the standardization activities of its 22 subcommittees (SCs), which have already produced more than 3 000 International Standards.

Issue 07/2017

Driving the internet of things through standardization

IoT is all around us with millions of connected devices

The internet of things (IoT) is now in sharp focus for the technology industry and for standards development organizations, such as IEC, which publishes consensus-based International Standards and manages conformity assessment systems for electric and electronic products, systems and services, collectively known as electrotechnology.

Issue 05/2016

Standards help improve digital audio and video

New ways of working drive technologies for compressing and transmitting images

Information and communication technologies pervade our daily lives and all economic sectors. The way we access and use information has changed. We view, send and receive documents and images for work and leisure on our smartphones, tablets, laptops and TVs, whose screen quality continues to improve. Additionally, virtual and augmented reality applications are being used by more industries, from broadcasting, sports, health and tourism, to manufacturing, marketing, real estate and construction. Their innovative, interactive features personalize the user’s experience and can improve safety and efficiency.

Issue 01/2016

Still young at 90

Radio at the heart of relief efforts

The theme of this year’s World Radio Day, which marks the anniversary of the first broadcast by UN Radio on 13 February 1946, was “Radio in times of emergency and disaster”. Radio makes a unique contribution in such times. It has managed to evolve constantly and has remained at the heart of technical innovation, thanks in no small part to IEC standardization work over 90 years.

Issue 01/2016

Changing TV gear and consumption habits

Uncertainty about the future is the new certainty in the TV industry

In recent years the television industry has experienced countless changes to its content production and distribution modes, the equipment needed to support them and viewers’ expectations. Leaving aside the continuous need for standards, among them IEC International Standards, uncertainty about the future is the new certainty in the TV industry.

Issue 01/2015

Keeping the radio on for nearly 90 years

From radio transmitters and receivers to better sound, the IEC sets standards

As World Radio Day, which marks the anniversary of the first broadcast by UN Radio in 1946, is celebrated every 13 February, it is worth recalling nearly 90 years of continuous involvement by the IEC and its central role in the technical development of radio broadcasting in aspects ranging from equipment to improved sound quality.