International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

IEC e-tech – January/February 2015

IEC e-tech: Month 2013

Multimedia, consumer electronics

 

 

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Editor in Chief:

Gabriela Ehrlich

 

Managing Editor e-tech :

Claire Marchand

 

Contributors:

Janice Blondeau

Morand Fachot

Antoinette Price

Zoé Smart

 

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Multimedia and consumer electronics

 

The new technological trends that have emerged in recent years have certainly increased our desire to monitor every aspect of our lives: health, sleep, food intake, sports activities, and much more. These new developments are not just for recreational purposes. They are now also proving invaluable in assisted living.

 

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The future of 3D printing

 

e-tech attended a presentation by Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, during CES. Carl Bass has been a pioneer of 3D printing. This article summarizes his talk.

 

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Tech trends 2015

 

The 2015 CES was again a show of records, reflecting the growing importance of consumer electronics and connected devices.

 

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No wires, no tangles

 

Wireless charging is expected to prove highly convenient for consumers, yet the market is slow to develop. One reason may be a - small - standards war behind the scenes. At CES e-tech spoke with representatives of the two dominant consortia in this area and explored latest developments and promising perspective.

 

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Batteries charge forward

 

The performance of batteries is becoming ever more important for mobile devices as these get more capable and need extra power. The automotive sector too is trying to overcome range and charging limitations of current batteries to encourage adoptions of electric vehicles. IEC TC 21 develops Standards to address these issues.

 

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Keeping the radio on for nearly 90 years

 

Radio remains to these days one of the most widespread and popular communication media in spite of the growing popularity of television and multimedia systems. It has reinvented itself a number of times thanks in no small part to IEC standardization work, which ensures now that it has a bright future ahead of it in the digital world.

 

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What's up?

 

Computing and how we connect to the Internet has fundamentally changed over the past couple of years. We now increasingly carry computing power on and soon in our bodies, generating massive amounts of data as a by-product. This article provides an overview of some of the expected developments and related challenges.

 

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The great potential of wearables

 

Do you monitor yourself closely? Heart rate, carb intake, sleeping patterns? Do you track your child’s whereabouts? What about finding the dog, your keys or wallet? Wearable technology, or wearables, was again one of the main themes at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA, where almost 600 exhibitors were displaying their products.

 

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Seeing through virtual reality

 

VR (virtual reality) is mind-blowing in the gaming environment, plunging users headlong into breathtaking new worlds. In other fields, it allows doctors to perform surgery remotely and is formative for pilots learning to fly in sophisticated simulators.

 

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New generation USB interfaces on their way

 

The IEC and the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) recently announced that they have expanded their International Standards cooperation to include the latest USB-IF specifications for high-speed data delivery and enhanced usages for device charging.

 

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Keeping the world working and entertained

 

The computer and multimedia sectors count among the world's most dynamic and profitable industries, providing employment to millions across the globe. Standardization work of dozens of IEC TCs and SCs, which develop International Standards for all components and systems needed by these sectors, is central to their vitality.

 

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IEC Systems Committee targets Smart Energy

 

As power utilities have to cope with the complex mixture of ever growing demand, the integration of intermittent sources from renewables and ageing infrastructures, the need for intelligent electricity networks or Smart Grids has emerged. To keep at the forefront of Smart Grid standardization, the IEC has created a dedicated SyC (Systems Committee).

 

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Larger, smaller, sharper and… pervasive screens

 

In recent years fast growing sales of consumer electronics, mobile devices and computer equipment have driven a huge demand for electronic displays of all kinds. The emergence of new consumer and industry devices will continue to spur on growth in the sector. Standards developed by IEC TC 110: Electronic display devices, are instrumental in driving forward the development of display technologies.

 

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Safe lighting for everyone, everywhere

 

IECEE has been testing and certifying lighting products for many years. The IECEE CB Scheme ensures compliance with the impressive list of IEC International Standards developed for the lighting industry.

 

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Poland to host IECEx event

 

In just three years, the IECEx international conferences have made their mark and are becoming must-go events on the annual conference circuit for the Ex industry sector. After Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates) in 2012 and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2014, the city of Gdańsk, in Poland, will host the 2015 IECEx International Conference on 22-23 April, so please save the date in your calendar!

 

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High-quality LEDs

 

The United Nations proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, recognizing “the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health”. This global initiative ties in very smoothly with another, put forward by IECQ, namely the IECQ LED initiative.

 

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Leading from the front

 

During the IEC Young Professionals workshop in Tokyo, Japan, in November 2014, three 2014 Young Professional Leaders were elected: Craig Carlson of South Africa, Thahirah Jalal of New Zealand and Leo Ohtsuka of Japan. Here are their stories.

 

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Fruitful workshop in Mongolia

 

IEC Affiliate Country Programme Executive Secretary Françoise Rauser, accompanied by IEC-APRC Regional Director Dennis Chew, traveled to Mongolia in November. The objective of the visit was twofold: first a joint IEC/PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt) workshop on IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems focusing on Renewable Energies and second, a visit to the Mongolian Affiliate.

 

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Nominations and extensions

 

Two IEC TCs (Technical Committees), TC 66: Safety of measuring, control and laboratory equipment, and TC 40: Capacitors and resistors for electronic equipment welcome new Chairmen in February.

 

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Obituary

 

The IEC recently learnt with sadness that Ernst Grunewald passed away last July. Grunewald served for 16 years as Convenor of SC (Subcommittee) 59A/WG 2: Electric dishwashers/Dishwasher tests, retiring from this role in 2012.

 

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Obituary

 

The IEC learnt with great sadness of the passing of former Technical Officer Michel Coupy, 69, on 22 January 2015. He joined the IEC in November 1991 as Technical Officer. During the 18 years of his tenure, he provided guidance and oversight to multiple TC/SCs. He retired in February 2010.

 

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Let there be light, for everyone

 

The IEC is associated with the International Year of Light, which was officially launched on 19 and 20 January 2015. This global initiative, adopted by the United Nations under the patronage of UNESCO, will highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for sustainable development.

 

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Orchestrating infrastructure for sustainable Smart Cities

 

Cities and urban areas are responsible for around 70% of global energy consumption and energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Without a coherent strategy to run cities more efficiently, the global targets on greenhouse gas emissions and the ambitions for sustainable growth cannot be achieved. The IEC with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) as principal partner, has produced a White Paper that identifies ways to orchestrate infrastructure for sustainable Smart Cities. It explains the what, who and how of Smart City development.

 

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A new President for IFAN

 

At the 2014 Members’ Assembly, held in Paris, France, last October, IFAN, the International Federation of Standards Users elected David Felinski as its President. His three-year term of office began on 1 January 2015.

 

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15th African Utility Week

 

The 15th African Utility Week and Clean Power will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 12-14 May, 2015. This annual event offers a global conference and trade exhibition for 80 plus African power and water utility professionals to meet with engineers, stakeholders and solution providers alike.

 

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India Smart Grid Week

 

India Smart Grid Week will take place in Bangalore from 2 to 6 March 2015. The event is part of the Indian Smart Grid initiative. It will bring together India’s leading electricity utilities, policy makers, regulators, investors and world leading Smart Grid and Smart City experts and researchers to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next generation technologies and products.

 

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Keeping data safe - What's your backup?

 

To securely store and protect data these days a whole lot more than a simple back up is needed. A new IEC and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) International Standard for data storage security ensures that an individual, a company or organization’s valuable information stays in safe hands.

 

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When eyes replace machines

 

Two new publications for the visual inspection of monochrome matrix LCD display components have been released by TC 110: Electronic display devices. If automated control of components is widespread in the electronics industry, visual inspection cannot entirely be replaced and remains important to prevent flaws in displays.

 

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Enhanced website features

 

The IEC Web Team is constantly making improvements on the IEC website. The Feedback and Share buttons have now been moved to give them more visibility, thus making it easier to use these features. And the IEC Partners section has been restructured to include information that was previously scattered throughout the site.

 

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Keeping kids safe

 

We all want kids to be safe, yet more than 830 000 children die needlessly each year from injuries and accidents that could have been prevented. A new International Guide from the IEC and ISO is here to help.

 

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