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

January/February 2012



Computing power everywhere

Today the lines between computing, entertainment and home appliances are blurring. All of them are smart, networked and interconnected.


A smart home features highly advanced automatic systems for lighting, temperature control, multimedia, security, window and door operations, energy consumption tracking and many other functions. Its computer system can monitor and even perform many of the tasks that used to necessitate human intervention.

As digital content becomes available on countless platforms through convergence, audio-visual, multimedia, information and communication technology are becoming ever more present, nearly everywhere. International Standards, and collaboration between the many organizations that work on them, makes this harmonization possible. The IEC, through several of its Technical Committees, has worked to prepare International Standards for audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, for electronic display devices, for cables and connectors, and a myriad of other components used in these systems.

The IEC works closely with many organizations preparing standards for these systems to avoid duplication. Hollywood granted a Primetime Emmy Engineering Award in 2008 and a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award in 2009 to the IEC, ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) for their work in producing the advanced MPEG-4 AVC video coding standard. These awards are evidence of the benefits of collaboration in standardization work and of the international recognition it attracts.



  • A smart home computer system can monitor the whole house
  • The IEC, ISO and ITU received Emmy Awards for their work in producing the MPEG-4 AVC video coding standard
  • Claire Marchand, Managing Editor e-tech



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