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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

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 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.

Issue 02/2018

From driver to driven – and how to get there

Autonomous driving will become the norm, but when, how and in what form?

The internet of things (IoT) – consisting of millions of “sensorized” connected devices and systems – and artificial intelligence (AI) – combining analytics, machine learning and algorithms – are making the world smarter and more connected.

Issue 02/2018

Evolving with digital transformation

Interview with Phil Wennblom, new Chair of ISO/IEC JTC 1

Information technology has penetrated our homes, cities and workplaces, as billions of “sensorized” devices and systems that form part of the internet of things (IoT) help to simplify how we work, communicate and carry out daily tasks.

Issue 01/2018

Standards are key to the evolution of smart cities

International Forum promotes cooperation of standardization organizations

Around the world, urban populations are booming. An estimated 54.5 percent of global populations lived in urban settlements in 2016 and this number is expected to increase to 60 by 2030, according to research by the United Nations.

Issue 01/2018

Protecting broadcast and multimedia assets and content

Media companies take action to tackle the growing threat from cyber attacks

In recent years broadcasters and multimedia companies have come under sustained cyber attacks aimed for a variety of reasons at damaging their physical assets and pilfering their content. Broadcast and multimedia companies, content providers, vendors and trade organizations are coming together now to tackle these threats. IEC Standards play a central role in their efforts to achieve this.

Issue 01/2018

Living in a smart world

Standardization helps achieve an effective, safe, reliable IoT, while enabling the creation of a global market

Whether we realize it or not, the internet of things (IoT) is part of many aspects of daily life. Thanks to billions of connected, “sensorized” devices and systems, it can facilitate everyday activities and tasks and improve the efficiency of work processes, which saves time and money. In the case of healthcare, it can save lives and improve quality of life.

Issue 01/2018

Taking the next step

The IEC Future Leaders Industry Forum

Recognizing the need to ensure continuity in its standards development and conformity assessment activities, the IEC has, since 2010, reached out to up and coming young experts active in a variety of technological sectors through the IEC Young Professionals Programme and its annual workshop, held in conjunction with the IEC General Meeting.

Issue 01/2018

Baby tech boom

The supply of smart devices engulfs the baby tech market

Baby-related technology is increasingly about monitoring newborns from afar using the latest facial recognition tools and artificial intelligence software.

Issue 01/2018

AI is listening to you

Recent advances in voice recognition bring AI technologies to the home

Artificial Intelligence (AI) was one of the big buzzwords at CES 2018. From home appliances to robots and self-driving cars, AI is able to help us with our everyday activities. While an interest in intelligent machines can be traced back to Greek mythology, recent advances in computing that enable us to collect large quantities of data and then process it using algorithms, have hastened the development of AI technologies.

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

Standards are vital in a connected world

IEC drives latest IoT technology trends

The ubiquitous internet of things (IoT) comprises billions of "sensorized" and connected devices and systems, which are used in many industries, including agriculture, energy management, healthcare, industrial automation, smart buildings, smart cities and transport.

Issue 08/2017

Improving relevance and efficiency

CAB Chair shares key decisions and developments

Highlights of the IEC Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) meeting, which took place during the 81th IEC General Meeting in Vladivostok, Russian Federation.

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 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

Successful leaders adapt in fast changing world

IEC President James Shannon addresses Council

Our world is changing rapidly and technologies are converging all around us. Enhancements in communications, renewable energy, medical devices and many other areas have improved health, economic safety and development, which can benefit everyone.

Issue 07/2017

Helping thwart cyber threats on nuclear plants

Bespoke IEC International Standards reinforce protection against cyber attacks on nuclear power plants

Cyber attacks on civil nuclear power plants (NPPs) would have devastating consequences for a country relying, even in part, on nuclear energy. It could affect the entire power network, might cause the release of radioactive material and would have a highly adverse impact on public opinion. A Subcommittee (SC) of the IEC is developing International Standards that reinforce the cyber resilience of NPPs. 

Issue 07/2017

Cyber security for the modern grid

Protecting the keystone of critical infrastructure from cyber threats is an absolute priority

Mitigating risk and anticipating attack vulnerabilities on utility grids and systems are not just about installing technology, but also about understanding risk.

Issue 06/2017

Helping prevent a cyber nightmare

With daily cyber attacks on the increase and reaching all areas, IEC work is essential to prevent or, fails this, mitigate their impact

Standardization work by the IEC technical committees (TCs) and subcommittees (SCs), and by the Joint Technical Committee (ISO/IEC JTC 1) set up by the IEC and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), is meant to prevent and mitigate the catastrophic impact of cyber attacks on parts of the critical infrastructure everywhere. In addition, IECEE, the IEC System for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, is working on a generic conformity assessment (CA) model which can be applied to cyber security. 

Issue 06/2017

Thirty years of ICT standardization

IoT subcommittee is the new kid on the block

The world has never been more connected and surrounded by ICT. Whether we realize it or not, many aspects of ISO/IEC JTC 1 work affect daily life. From a smart toothbrush, animal tracking collar and household appliances, to health monitoring wearables and smart systems in buildings and transport, the list is endless.

Issue 06/2017

The importance of testing against International Standards

Everyone benefits from using efficient, safe products and services

Today, many devices and services found in homes, hospitals, the workplace and industry run off electricity. Such machines and equipment can be dangerous if they malfunction,  causing explosions, fires or electrocuting users or anyone who comes into contact with them, in addition to damaging property.

Issue 05/2017

Bright prospects for hydropower – and some challenges

Sharing thoughts about today’s largest source of renewable energy

IEC TC 4 Secretary Robert Arseneault, winner of the 2016 IEC Thomas A. Edison Award, was at IEC Central Office (CO) recently to receive his award. Arseneault also shared a few thoughts with e-tech on some aspects of the future of hydropower in general. e-tech will report in more depth on certain lesser-known features of hydropower in the very near future. 

Issue 05/2017

Securing critical infrastructure all the way to the top

Protecting myriad connected devices will require a holistic approach to security risks

As more and more objects are connected, communicate and interact with each other, in what is labelled the internet of things (IoT), they become building blocks in larger systems. Known and unknown vulnerabilities in this wealth of objects are bound to attract cyber attacks that can bring down entire critical installations in many countries. Protection of IoT components against cyber threats, as well as of the systems that integrate them, is fast becoming a key priority. 

Issue 05/2017

Shedding light on IEC standardization

IEC presents at international lighting and facility management event in Australia

The sparc-FMA International Lighting and Facilities event, organized by the Facility Management Association (FMA) took place from 30 May to 1 June, in Sydney. During the event, more than 60 exhibitors, including lighting manufacturers, suppliers and service providers, showcased the latest innovations in the two industries.

Issue 03/2017

Protecting road vehicles from cyber attacks

The automotive industry wakes up to cyber threats, and considers measures to thwart them

Critical infrastructure systems are being increasingly targeted by sophisticated cyber attacks. A session of the annual Future Networked Car symposium, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on the fringe of the Geneva Motor Show, looked at measures aimed at Mitigating cyber security threats to automotive systems. A wide range of speakers took part, including government representatives, car and accessory manufacturers, automotive cyber security solutions developers and providers.

Issue 03/2017

Biometrics for consumer markets

Electronic DNA facilitates vehicle access and security

Fingerprint, palm, iris, voice, facial and gesture recognition will aid advances in driver-assistance systems and vehicle security. Incorporating cloud analytics will generate useful information and allow notifications to be sent during emergencies.

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 09/2016

The revolutionizing Internet of Things

MSB workshop discusses updates of IoT-related work

From home heating systems, smart medical devices and fridges that automatically replenish food items, to connected cars that guide drivers to free parking spots, increasingly IoT is a part of our daily lives. However, this technology is not new. Industrial applications, power generation, digitization, connectivity and automation have been around for many years and IEC has been working in these areas for some time.

Issue 09/2016

The IEC of the future

Looking back on the past year to better pave the way for the challenges ahead

Traditionally, the last issue of  the year provides feedback on the IEC General Meeting (GM), held in 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, 

Issue 06/2016

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.

Issue 06/2016

Protecting against the new normal

The IEC plays a key role in protecting against cyberattacks aimed at critical assets

In an increasingly connected world, instances of cyberattacks targeting objects, systems, institutions and infrastructure are growing exponentially. The sophistication, severity and impact of these attacks vary greatly according to the targets but can have catastrophic consequences if critical systems are affected. Various IEC Technical Committees (TCs) and Subcommittees (SCs), and SCs of ISO/IEC JTC 1, the Joint Technical Committee set up by the IEC and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) develop International Standards to protect against these attacks.

Issue 04/2016

Shipping sets watch for [not so] distant cyberthreats

Maritime industry bodies consider pre-emptive measures to thwart cyberthreats

Piracy has posed a major security threat to mariners everywhere, from Asia to the Mediterranean, since time immemorial. In the future, threats from armed gangs boarding ships and holding vessels and crews for ransom may be replaced by ones from cyberspace. Every day, many institutions, establishments and individuals are the targets of cyberattacks. While the maritime industry has yet to record a major cyber incident, it recognizes that it is only a matter of time before some of its assets are targeted. As a result, it is taking pre-emptive measures, which include the adoption of International Standards, to mitigate the possibility of cyberattacks and their potential impact.

Issue 02/2016

Protecting information assets

Common terminology for information security management just revised

Cyber-attacks are estimated to cost businesses between USD 400 and USD 500 billion a year, without counting the large number of attacks which go unreported [ ]. As cybercrime continues to rise, companies and CEOs are paying more attention to this threat – cyber-attacks can be damaging to corporate reputation and stock performance.

2015
Issue 06/2015

Threats lurking on medical electronic data

Cyberattacks on healthcare establishments are a growing threat

Over the years the healthcare sector has become increasingly reliant on an IT infrastructure for the proper and safe operation of its equipment and to manage patients' medical records. Healthcare establishments, long spared cyberattacks aimed at stealing confidential information, are now facing unprecedented attempts to breach into their IT infrastructure. The IEC has been developing means to protect the integrity of IT systems and equipment in the healthcare environment for many years.

2013
Issue 10/2013

Fending off cyber threats

New Standard will boost IT security

Information security breaches represent a growing threat to businesses and organizations throughout the world, costing them vast amounts every year in stolen intellectual property and confidential data. The IEC and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) recently published the second edition of the ISO/IEC 27001 Standard, which will help organizations enhance their information security.