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

July 2012


Improving quality of life

New Belgian member to SMB SG 5

SMB (Standardization Management Board) has approved the nomination of Wim de Kesel as Belgian member to SMB SG (Strategic Group) 5: Ambient Assisted Living.

Providing strategic guidance for AAL

SG 5 was established in 2011 with the mandate to manage and coordinate standardization work related to Ambient Assisted Living. AAL refers to ‘methods, concepts, systems, products, and services supporting elderly people and people with disabilities in their daily lives’. SG 5 aims to engage key stakeholders and organizations interested in AAL standardization work and to define a structure for the coordination of cross TC/SC (Subcommittee) work.

About Wim de Kesel

Wim de Kesel is an electrical engineer, responsible for the coordination of worldwide standardization activities of the Legrand Group, which specializes in electrical and digital building infrastructures. De Kesel was honoured with the IEC Thomas Edison Award in 2011. He is an expert in the field of wiring devices and is Secretary of TC 23: Electrical Accessories and Convenor of SG 4: LVDC distribution systems up to 1500V DC. He brings years of standardization expertise to his new role as member to SMB SG 5.


  • Ambient Assisted Technology aims to improve the quality of life of the elderly (Photo: Siemens)
  • AAL also provides solutions to people living with disabilities (Photo: Sorensen Communications)
  • SG 5 experts help coordinate cross TC/SC work



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