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  • Orchestrating Infrastructure for Sustainable Smart Cities
    New White Paper from the IEC, with CEPS as principal partner

    This White Paper explains the what, who and how of Smart City development.

  • Keeping kids safe with a new international guide from IEC and ISO
    New international guide from the IEC and ISO

    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.

  • Safe lighting for everyone, everywhere
    International Year of Light gets underway

    Lighting plays an important role in our everyday lives. However there are 1.2 billion people worldwide who lack access to electricity and electric lighting.

  • Keeping data safe - what's your back up?

    New IEC and ISO International Standard for data storage security ensures your valuable information stays in safe hands.

  • Lights, camera, action!
    Six new short videos showcase IEC work

    As part of making its work accessible and understood by a wider audience, the IEC has recently launched a series of mini films.

  • Integration toward a Smarter World
    Open Session of the 78th IEC General Meeting

    An interesting overview of several different projects that aim to integrate complex systems in order to achieve better outcomes for society and the environment.

  • The IEC’s next generation shines bright
    Overview of the IEC Young Professionals 2014 workshop

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

  • IEC and USB-IF expand cooperation to support next-generation high-speed data delivery and device charging applications

    Expanded international standards cooperation to include the latest USB-IF specifications for high-speed data delivery and enhanced usages for device charging: USB Power Delivery, USB 3.1 and USB Type-C Cable and Connector specifications.

  • Aiming for accessibility for all
    IEC, ISO and ITU publish new international accessibility guide

    Guide 71 provides practical advice to standards developers so that from the start they can address accessibility in standards that focus, either directly or indirectly, on any type of system that people use.

  • Energy storage helps power world ahead
    Balancing power generation and demand requires the right storage solutions

    To balance increasing levels of intermittent RE generation from wind and solar systems, EES (Electrical Energy Storage) solutions are needed that use and store energy efficiently and help improve grid stability and flexibility.

  • Highest global prize in electrotechnology awarded to Dr Shuji Hirakawa of Toshiba
    34th Lord Kelvin Award attributed in recognition of exceptional long-term contributions to enable sustainable global trade in electrical and electronic devices and systems

    The IEC Lord Kelvin Award, the highest global prize in electrotechnology honours Dr Shuji Hirakawa’s long-term contribution to increasing the technical harmonization that enables global trade and his outstanding commitment to the mission of the IEC.

  • Global event with 2 200 technology experts kicks off in Tokyo today
    International collaborative platform to help build a smarter world - IEC 78th General Meeting 10-14 November

    Today, more than 2 200 global technology leaders and experts are coming together in Tokyo, Japan for a week-long meeting to focus on practical solutions to make the world safer, and more sustainable.

  • Organizing cloud chaos
    Two new International Standards provide a sound foundation

    The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have recently published two new International Standards for cloud computing: ISO/IEC 17788 and ISO/IEC 17789.

  • Tackling cyber security threats
    Today's fully automated controls systems require a specific approach to safety and security

    IECEE is developing the necessary strategy to minimize exposure to these risks

  • World Standards Day 2014
    Standards level the playing field

    Today, products that are consumed in one market are no longer “made in one country”; they are “made in the world”.

  • Tackling cyber security threats
    Today's fully automated controls systems require a specific approach to safety and security

    IECEE is developing the necessary strategy to minimize exposure to these risks

  • Full steam ahead!
    Showcasing the work of IEC TC 5: Steam Turbines

    With global demand for electricity exploding, steam turbines have a hot future ahead.

  • Expanding trade opportunities for Euro-Asian countries
    IEC and EASC sign renewed Cooperation Agreement

    A renewed Cooperation Agreement between IEC and Euro-Asian Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification will help to expand trade opportunities.

  • Thermal solar moves into the mainstream
    The construction of thermal solar power plants introduces a new source of energy

    Advances in CSP (Concentrating solar thermal power) systems including a series of major new projects are expanding the take-up of this technology.

  • Scaling up efficiency and renewables through standardization
    Policy makers urged to work more closely with International SDOs

    When private and public stakeholders work together technology-independent processes, well-designed policies and the right technology systems are possible.

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