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

IEC e-tech – April 2015

IEC e-tech: Month 2013




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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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Dream today, reality tomorrow


The future of transportation is being shaped today. The cars, trains, planes of tomorrow are being tested now and they may change the way we travel and commute in the years to come.


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Can drones replace satellites?


Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have rapidly entered the civilian market after having been widely developed for military operations. They already have a disrupting effect on a wide range of commercial activities and that’s just a beginning.


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Tired of the tedious daily commute?


Cities worldwide are embracing new technologies and adapting old ideas to offer more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, less costly public transport. From the world’s highest major metropolis in Bolivia to cities in Africa, Europe, the US and Australasia, the cable car is proving a popular supplement to existing city transport systems for a number of reasons.


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Is your bus ride charged?


Consumer electronics, industrial applications powering equipment used in agriculture and forestry, process automation are just some of the items which can be charged using wireless or induction charging systems. Buses have joined this long list with more cities trialling this technology in a bid to make their transport systems cleaner and more efficient.


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Who's driving?


Saving commuter time, money, the environment and eliminating human error are key reasons behind a number of projects trialing driverless car-like transport for congested cities.


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Lazy? Hungry? Too heavy or far to carry?


From sushi, to luggage, to ore, more than ever, large, small, light, heavy, regular or irregular shaped objects are moved by conveyor belts. They may be simple in appearance, but conveyor belts are complex and do more than one imagines.


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E-powering aviation from the ground up


In civilian and military aerodromes electric vehicles are found both indoors and outdoors. Together with a range of ancillary equipment they are set to play a larger role in meeting environmental directives for aviation.


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Safe and sound on the roads


Roads are getting safer in industrialized countries in spite of heavier traffic as vehicles get more advanced electronics. Connectivity is set to improve this record, but is also paving the way for security risks. Existing and future International Standards will play an important role in addressing these security risks.


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When disaster strikes


Disasters are on the rise globally. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes or floods are often further acerbated by power outages. They increase the misery of populations by denying them basic services such as lighting, communication, clean water, safe food or healthcare. Power outages can also cause additional disasters when equipment fails to function properly for lack of electricity. There is much that can be done to assess and manage disaster risks, speed up disaster recovery and mitigate the impact of related electricity outages.


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Four wheels good, 2 or 3 wheels better!


The electric power two-wheel vehicle global market is expected to grow significantly beyond e-bikes. Commuters, commercial and service operators are attracted by new models of more advanced scooters, motorbikes and three-wheelers.


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TC work supports EV market expansion


As the number and range of EVs continues to grow International Standards developed by IEC TC 69 will be central to the continuous expansion of the sector


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How to accelerate EV adoption


Although many automotive manufacturers have added EVs (electric vehicles) to their product lines in recent years, they remain very much a niche market, albeit one that is dynamic and developing steadily. And while potential buyers may still be somewhat concerned by the short range and long charges generally associated with EVs nowadays, industry is striving to come up with innovative solutions to remedy these problems.


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Fuelling safety


Any one of us can be in close contact with Ex or explosive atmospheres. They are not restricted to oil refineries, offshore oil rigs, gas plants or mines. While many industries operate in potentially hazardous environments, risks are also present in transportation: gas station or aircraft refuelling zones fully qualify as Ex areas.


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A woman at the top


Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, careers are still very much the prerogative of men. Electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment are no exception. In recent years however, women have made dents in this long-standing tradition. Marie-Elisabeth d’Ornano, who became Chairman of IECQ on 1 January 2014, is such a woman and a good example for others to follow.


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Russia in the spotlight


The Russian Federation has a long tradition of research and development, as well as design, in lighting technologies. Leading entities such as VNISI, the Russian Lighting Research Institute, and the faculty of lighting engineering of MPEI, the National Research University, are good example the expertise Russia offers in these fields. Several IEC representatives, including IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk, paid visits to both VNISI and MPEI when they were in Russia at the end of last year.

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Moscow's spectacular nightscape


In recent years, illumination has become a creative extension of architecture. The simple spotlights that lighted monuments and buildings have been replaced by complex lighting solutions that enhance and strengthen interior and exterior environments, creating dramatic and spectacular spatial effects. Moscow's Centre for Innovative Lighting Engineering, inaugurated in December 2014, is a good example of the vitality of the country’s involvement in technological development in the lighting field.

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Sharing know-how - Building bigger markets


IEC Global Visions interviewed Dr Yinbiao Shu, President, State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the biggest utility in the world. Shu explains how active participation in IEC work has enabled SGCC to first build a reliable infrastructure in China and now to contribute significantly to global power technology advancement.


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Is your workplace safe?


When people go to work, they usually expect to carry out their activities in a healthy and safe environment. It is up to employers and workers to do all they can to make the workplace safe for all who enter it.


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Key IEC publications for the Ex industry


New versions of two IEC International Standards for Ex atmospheres have been published recently. They concern the classification of areas for explosive dust atmospheres, and the repair, overhaul and reclamation of equipment for Ex areas


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Time to visit the new IEC Webstore!


The IEC Webstore, the one-stop shop for the purchase of IEC International Standards and other Publications, has undergone a major update at the end of April The interface is clearer and offers more facilities than its forerunner.


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