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Issue 06/2018

Council elects future IEC President

Dr Yinbiao Shu will take over presidency in 2020

IEC Council elected Yinbiao Shu of China as IEC President for a three-year term of office, starting 1 January 2020.

Issue 03/2018

Back to the future of virtual reality

A brief history of virtual and augmented realities

The new film Ready Player One provides a glimpse into a futuristic concept of immersive virtual reality. Set in 2045, the movie tells the story of a hidden game within a connected and interactive virtual reality platform in which characters can meet to escape from the hardship of their real-life city slums. While this may not be our experience yet, it is not far removed from the visions of the first pioneers in virtual reality.

Issue 03/2018

Riding the crest of the wave

Renewed focus on marine energy relies on ground-breaking IEC publications

Large marine energy facilities are being deployed, with the help of pioneering standardization work accomplished by IEC TC 114.

Issue 03/2018

Protecting the environment with drones and robots

New commercial and research roles for unmanned vehicles

History provides many instances of technologies developed for military application being spun off and used in the civilian sector for different, broader uses and at lower prices. Drones and other unmanned powered vehicles are a good example.

Issue 03/2018

From conflict to civvy street

For a very long time advances in military technology have spilled over into civilian applications

In conflicts, throughout history all sides have tried to make the best possible use of inventions and technology to gain a decisive advantage over adversaries. At the same time developing systems to minimize one’s own losses has also been a priority. Military needs have often accelerated many technologies, through improvements to existing systems or the development of new ones. More and more of these technologies have been adopted for civilian use, the reverse process from civilian to military applications is also observed, to a lesser extent.

2017
Issue 06/2017

Standards that count and build trust

Message from Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO

IEC work has to be relevant to companies and countries to help them address real market and societal needs.

2016
Issue 09/2016

Building strong relations with industry

IEC President Dr Junji Nomura addresses Council

Manufacturing continues to expand its geographic reach. Electrical and electronic goods now represent 17,7% of global trade and more companies than ever need to be able to collaborate and participate in the value chains that span the globe. IEC work uniquely enables this type of cooperation. Industry is a high priority for IEC, since most experts participating in our work come from it.

Issue 09/2016

IEC Lord Kelvin Award 2016

Uwe Kampet of BSH Home Appliances receives highest global prize in electrotechnology

The IEC Lord Kelvin Award, the highest global prize in electrotechnology honours Uwe Kampet’s outstanding commitment to the mission of the IEC and long-term contribution to increasing safety as well as enabling the technical harmonization that underpins global trade

2015
Issue 09/2015

Focus on smart, innovative technologies

IEC President Dr Junji Nomura addresses Council

Electricity and electronics are increasingly in everything, even in devices that were purely mechanical before. Not only individual products, but whole companies need to be able to work with each other to come up with technology solutions for increasingly large systems. In his address to Council Nomura sent a strong message: IEC National Committees (NCs) have a key role to play in promoting IEC work. They are the IEC! More than ever, NCs need to represent all national stakeholders and send the right experts to participate in IEC work at the global level.

Issue 08/2015

Pioneer in innovation

ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 on information technology

ISO/IEC JTC 1 is the Joint Technical Committee of the IEC and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for International Information Technology Standards. Created in 1987, JTC 1 currently has 20 Subcommittees (SCs), one Study Group and three Working Groups. It has published more than 2 800 Standards.