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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

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.  

2018
Issue 06/2018

Protecting supply chains against cyber attacks

Cyber resilience can only be achieved by focusing both on information and operational technologies

In recent months, a number of international studies and reports have highlighted an alarming increase in cyber attacks targeting the supply chain.  One such survey, conducted in the Americas, Asia and Europe, suggests that in the past year two thirds of companies have experienced a cyber attack on their supply chain.

2017
Issue 08/2017

Measurement-based control for industrial systems in the digital world

New series of standards for better testing of industrial and process measurement transmitters

Industrial automation is not new: it has evolved over the years from simple functions as technologies have improved. Measurement-based control has always been at the core of industrial automation. As the nature of manufacturing changes rapidly, new standards are needed for making accurate measurements for industrial control systems.

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 05/2017

From toys to human organs – the diversified world of 3D printing

Today, 3D printing is considered as a disruptive technology that has the potential to radically change the way we produce and consume

The term "3D printing", also known as additive manufacturing, originally referred to a process that deposits a binder material onto a powder bed with inkjet printer heads layer by layer. Recently, it has been used increasingly to include a broader set of additive manufacturing techniques, such as directed energy deposition, material extrusion, material jetting, powder bed fusion, sheet lamination and photopolymerization.

Issue 02/2017

IEC work on cyber security for energy infrastructure

International conference presents IEC activities in cyber security

Protecting energy security and critical energy infrastructure against cyber attacks is fast emerging as an absolute priority. In mid-February, the EnergyPact Foundation organized an international conference in Vienna on cyber security aimed at protecting such infrastructure. Eyal Adar, an expert on cyber security, outlined the extent of IEC standardization and Conformity Assessment (CA) activities in the domain, giving details of the areas to which they apply. 

2016
Issue 08/2016

The technology that runs smart homes

Electronic controls are increasingly used to operate home appliances

We are all familiar with remote controls. We use them to change TV channels, select our favourite music and protect ourselves with sophisticated security systems. Still, more appliances and systems in our homes work by using automated electronic controls.

Issue 06/2016

Smart Energy moves ahead

Systems Committee on Smart Energy Technical Committee Forum

Smart Energy can be described as connecting many points of generation with many points of consumption, from end-to-end,  not limited to just the electric grid. Smart Energy is also about all energy needs for Smart Cities. The IEC Systems Committee (SyC) on Smart Energy aims to create one international platform for a comprehensive portfolio of standards – efficient and easy-to-use standards that can be used by any project working on Smart Energy.  The work of SyC Smart Energy includes wide consultation within the IEC community and a broader group of external stakeholders, in the areas of Smart Energy and Smart Grid, also including Heat and Gas.

Issue 04/2016

Preventing a potential cybersecurity nightmare

Unmanaged user accounts in industrial environments present significant cybersecurity risks

Cybersecurity is now central to the safe operation of industrial installations, but user accounts for many devices used in these installations are not properly managed. Central user account management combined with Role Based Access Control is the perfect solution for managing user accounts and permissions efficiently and centrally while still providing a state of the art security solution. This eliminates the nightmare of having unmanaged user accounts on hundreds of devices.

2015
Issue 04/2015

Safety on the factory floor

IECEE certification brings benefits to industrial automation

The development of automation throughout the 20th century brought enormous changes to the industrial world: some jobs disappeared, others underwent major transformation, new ones were created and, most importantly, the interaction between man and machine was altered forever. In recent years, the emergence and proliferation of robots on the factory floor has raised automation to a new level.

2013
Issue 08/2013

Making the world a safer place

IECEE is an internationally trusted partner

The last 12 months have been extremely successful and fruitful for IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components. Increased collaboration with international organizations, outreach to developing countries and the introduction of new services and product categories have contributed greatly to confirming IECEE as the leading global certification system for electrical and electronic products.

Issue 05/2013

Focus on industrial automation

IECEE launches INDAT, a new service for products and installations in the automation field

The development of automation throughout the 20th century brought enormous changes to the industrial world: some jobs disappeared, others underwent major transformations, new ones were created and, most importantly, the interaction between man and machine was altered forever. In the pre-automation era, machinery had been used to assist workers.

2011
Issue 07/2011

Industrial automation certified

IECEE responds to market demand

From the wheel that helped transport heavy loads to the fire that provided heat, inventions and discoveries have made life much easier. The advent of electricity was a turning point in the industrial world. Automated operations were introduced that could be performed without the need for human intervention. The development of automation throughout the 20th century brought enormous changes: some jobs disappeared, others underwent major transformations and new ones were created.