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Issue 05/2019

Mind games

Technology, based on standards, can help the mentally disabled

The medical profession is resorting to virtual reality, telemedecine and artificial intelligence (AI) to treat mental illness. These technologies improve the access to patients and the results are more than encouraging.

Issue 05/2019

Answers in the cloud

Cloud computing has taken the IT industry by storm. Estimated at USD 24.6 billion in 2010, cloud computing has already surpassed USD 100 billion and is expected to reach USD 150 billion by the end of 2020.

Issue 04/2019

Establishing trustworthiness is vital in our human-machine world

As long as human civilization has existed, people have needed to trust people in personal and business situations. Trust is at the heart of everything.

Over the last century, automation has advanced in many industries. More recently people must work with non-human entities, which increasingly use artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

Issue 02/2019

Women still gotta fight!

Still a long way to go for women in tech fields

Women are still underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). According to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 29% of those in science research and development are women, with a low of 19% in South and West Asia and a high of 48% in Central Asia. Europe and North America are at 32%. 

Issue 02/2019

Balancing privacy, security and convenience in mobile devices

Industry, governments, regulatory bodies, and consumers need international standards for biometric authentication technology

Mobile devices have rapidly changed society and the way in which we interact and exchange information. For example, the mobile phone has rapidly evolved from being purely a telephone to the complex smartphone systems of today. This evolution looks unlikely to stop in the foreseeable future with a new generation of mobile, wearable devices for the future.

Issue 01/2019

Looking to the future

An overview of the Market Strategy Board’s hot topics for 2019

It is a generally accepted notion that we are living in times of rapid change. If, to paraphrase Heraclitus, change is the only constant, then organizations must anticipate areas of possible change and prepare themselves accordingly.

Issue 01/2019

Who needs AI

AI is transforming industries and society, but we're still working out how to use AI-enabled devices in our everyday lives

There have been a lot of media reports recently about the failings of AI devices, from disappointing gadgets on show at the CES to malfunctioning hotel bots. Some of the stories are very funny, but all they tell us is that the technology is still in development and that some products are better designed than others.

Issue 01/2019

Robot cars

The latest advances in self-driving technology at CES

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming cars into friendly robots. The Las Vegas tech fest, which took place in January, offered tantalizing glimpses into the future for automotive vehicles.

Issue 01/2019

Who needs AI

AI is transforming industries and society, but we're still working out how to use AI-enabled devices in our everyday lives

Ignore the recent media reports about the failings of AI devices, from disappointing gadgets on show at the CES to malfunctioning hotel bots. Some of the stories are very funny, but all they tell us is that the technology is still in development and that some products are better designed than others. They also conveniently ignore the successes and the giant strides that AI has made.  

Issue 01/2019

Rethinking the healthcare ecosystem

New technologies are increasing healthcare access, improving lives and saving costs

Today, for many, technology is an inextricable part of life and healthcare. Friendly robots administer daily medications; algorithms diagnose diseases more accurately than top specialists, and a doctor’s appointment can happen over skype.

2018
Issue 03/2018

First International Standards committee for entire AI ecosystem

Industry recognizes standardization will be essential to broad adoption of AI

Information technology has become an integral part of our lives whether it be in the consumer, industrial or commercial aspects. It is hard to imagine life, work or entertainment without it. Artificial intelligence (AI) presents the next digital frontier of the IT evolution.

Issue 02/2018

Fly me to the sky

Flying cars were all the rage at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show

New technology is revolutionizing the way we will consider transport in the near future. Flying cars are one of the options on the cards and a number of IEC Standards can help the various industries involved.

Issue 02/2018

How safe is your car from hackers?

Protecting connected cars against cyber attacks

IHS Markit predicts that more than 70 million connected cars will be on the road by 2023. Connected cars enable drivers to receive updated traffic information, send messages or access personalized entertainment systems, but they are also vulnerable to sabotage.

Issue 01/2018

CES technology trends for 2018

AI technologies drive innovation

Early on each New Year, technology companies gather in Las Vegas for the annual CES show. The 2018 edition brought together 3900 exhibitors displaying their latest developments. Analysts from the show organizer, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), provided an overview of the major trends to follow this year.

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

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.

Issue 08/2017

The future's at our door

The IEC is gearing up to tackle technological advances

Traditionally, the last issue of the year provides feedback on the IEC General Meeting (GM), held in 2017 in Vladivostok, Russia.

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 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 06/2017

Share your work in 2018

We’d like to hear and read your stories

Take the 170 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.

Issue 03/2017

Are we driving or ride sharing?

Reshaping personal transport and the automotive industry

In the next decade, cars will be well on the way to, or have reached the goal of becoming fully self-driving. As the industry continues to develop new levels of autonomous vehicles, the whole notion of personal transport is being turned on its head.

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.

Issue 01/2017

Tech trends 2017

Insights and predictions by Shawn DuBravac, chief economist, CTA

For the first time in history, voice recognition has reached a level close to human understanding. This opens up new opportunities, notably in replacing the smartphone as a ubiquitous interface. The sensorization and digitization trends of previous years are now leading to adaptive automation and highly-specialized applications that fundamentally transform the user experience. Last but not least augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are entering the real world of business.

Issue 01/2017

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.