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IEC e-tech – December 2014

IEC e-tech: Month 2014

2014 IEC General Meeting



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Editor in Chief:

Gabriela Ehrlich


Managing Editor e-tech :

Claire Marchand



Janice Blondeau

Morand Fachot

Antoinette Price

Zoé Smart


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Getting ready for new challenges


Traditionally, the December issue of e-tech provides feedback on the IEC GM (General Meeting), held in Tokyo, Japan, this year. While all management meetings looked back on what the IEC achieved in the 12 months since the New Delhi GM, in essence the future of the Commission was at the centre of all decisions and discussions.


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A smart organization for a smarter world


Addressing Council for the first time as IEC President, Junji Nomura expressed his pleasure at doing so in his home country, Japan. Satisfied with the state of the organization which he described as ‘strong and healthy’ with a ‘truly global reach’, he emphasized the need for the IEC to continue to improve its services while keeping up with the fast-changing global market.


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Reaching its full potential


The IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk addressed Council at the 2014 IEC GM (General Meeting) in Tokyo, Japan, and presented highlights of the Commission’s work and accomplishments in the year since the New Dehli GM.


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SMB review and focus


IEC e-tech talked to James E. Matthews III, IEC Vice-President and Chairman of the SMB (Standardization Management Board) during the General Meeting in Tokyo, Japan. Matthews shared key decisions and why they are needed to ensure IEC relevance in the future.


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Shaping the future


The CAB (Conformity Assessment Board) meeting focused on key issues that will be key to the future of IEC conformity assessment activities. It was also the last session chaired by IEC Vice-President and CAB ChairmanHiromichi Fujisawa. who will step down at the end of the year.


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Future directions


The IEC MSB (Market Strategy Board) helps identify what areas the IEC should focus on in the future through the identification of key technological trends and market needs. It publishes recommendations in the form of White Papers. Three new IEC White Papers focus on Smart Cities, the Internet of Things and Microgrids for disaster preparedness and recovery.


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Council Statutory Session


Council, the supreme governing body of the IEC, held its meeting on Friday 14 November 2014, during the IEC General Meeting in Tokyo, Japan. The morning session was dedicated to the statutory issues of the Commission.


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Integration toward a Smarter World


Under the leadership of IEC Vice President Hiromishi Fujisawa, the Open Session of the 78th IEC General Meeting provided an interesting overview of several different projects that all aim to integrate complex systems in order to achieve better outcomes for society and the environment.


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Boring at its best


Dr Shuji Hirakawa is the recipient of the 33rd Lord Kelvin Award, the highest global prize in electrotechnology, for his long-term contribution to the IEC in audio, video and multimedia systems. He received the Award during the IEC General Meeting in Tokyo from the hands of IEC President Dr Junji Nomura.


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2014 Thomas Edison Award winners


The Thomas A. Edison Award was created in 2010 in honour of the renowned US electrical engineer by the same name. It recognizes exceptional achievement, within the past five years, dedicated service and significant contributions to the IEC through the effective management of committees by currently active TC/SC officers and officers of the IEC Conformity Assessment Systems and their subsidiary bodies. This year, four laureates were honoured during the IEC General Meeting in Tokyo.


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The IEC’s next generation shines bright


A record number of participants attended the fifth IEC Young Professionals workshop held in November 2014, in conjunction with the 78th IEC General Meeting.


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Affiliate Forum


The Affiliate Forum is a great opportunity for Affiliate delegations to meet, exchange views, share experiences and discuss common challenges and best practices, both at the global and regional levels. Participation is on the increase. In all, 45 delegates from 18 Affiliate countries (Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lebanon, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania and Zambia) were present.


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Safety first


The theme of this year’s Workshop for Industrializing Countries was "Challenges to Ensure Safety of Electronic Equipment". Held during the IEC General Meeting in Tokyo, Japan, the meeting aimed to facilitate the sharing of experiences and help highlight solutions to a particularly pertinent issue for developing countries.


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Photo gallery


A selection of photos taken during the 78th IEC General Meeting in Tokyo, Japan.


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A quiet force


Hiromichi Fujisawa, IEC Vice-President and Chairman of CAB will step down at the end of 2014. Under his competent and thoughtful leadership IEC CA Systems have become stronger expanding their portfolio to better serve industry. A new CA System, IECRE, saw the light of day and will serve the needs of the renewable energy industry, in particular wind, marine and solar PV,, and a new governance structure will provide a strong basis for the future. Fujisawa has left his mark on the IEC and the IEC CA Systems in many positive ways.


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50 years of experience...and counting


Lev V. Travin has devoted 50 years of his life to the IEC, as an expert and, for the past 24 years, as the Secretary of SC 22F. In September, after he accepted the idea of an interview in Tokyo. Japan, during the IEC GM (General Meeting), he spent time trying to reminisce and gather his thoughts on 50 years as an IEC technical expert. What to highlight, what to leave out in a life so rich in IEC experiences to make it fit into a one-hour discussion?


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Aiming higher…and higher


Following on from their participation in the IEC Young Professionals programme, many up-and-coming IEC experts are being recognized in their National Committees. Here are a few of their stories…


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December nominations


The end of 2014 sees new Chairmen taking over at IEC TC 3: Information structures and elements, identification and marking principles, documentation and graphical symbols and IEC TC 8: Systems aspects for electrical energy supply


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Support innovation – Stimulate broad use


In his interview with IEC Global Visions, Dr Akira Sudo, who was Representative Executive Officer at Toshiba Corporation, explains how active participation in IEC work enables Toshiba to accelerate technology innovation and allows more companies to adopt, connect with and use their technologies.


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Lights, sensors, game on


Countless electrical and electronic systems and components installed in sports venues, which range from an extensive selection of lamps to sensors and rely on IEC International Standards, make it possible for sports fans to enjoy their favourite events to the full.


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Playing to packed houses


Millions of people watch films and plays or attend performances in cinemas, theatres or concert halls around the world every year. In addition to offering entertainment, enjoyment and artistic performance, these venues must ensure they provide the general public with a convenient, comfortable and safe environment in which to experience that enjoyment. This environment depends to a great extent on a multitude of technologies that rely on IEC International Standards.


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AAL helps extend HALE


Making life easier for an ageing population and for people with disabilities is becoming a priority in most countries. ICT, audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment provide an ever wider range of opportunities to enhance the quality of life for these growing sectors of the population. Several IEC TCs (Technical Committees) are playing a leading role in this domain with their activities in various aspects of AAL (Active Assisted Living.


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Dedicated to improving quality of life


Enhancing the health, quality of life and independence of older people has become a priority for many states as a fast ageing population presents them with a number of social and financial challenges. AAL, Active Assisted Living, is seen as offering opportunities to meet these challenges. IEC TC (Technical Committee) 100: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, has created a TA (Technical Area) dedicated to the preparation of International Standards for AAL, accessibility and user interface.


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Organizing cloud chaos


Governments and private sector organizations recognize cloud computing as a major, game-changing technology, which focuses on maximizing the effectiveness of shared resources. Given the multitude of offerings and their fast-pace development, issues of quality and compatibility have arisen, resulting in the need for a solution through standardization.


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Lights, camera, action!


As part of making its work accessible and understood by a wider audience, the IEC has recently launched a series of mini films. Each film runs for between 35 and 45 seconds, with music written especially by a talented young composer. In a dynamic, visual way, the films show IEC’s role across energy, electronics and devices, cities, manufacturing, the automotive sector and in grid and energy storage. Help us to spread the word…


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