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TC News - November 2014


Decisions and actions resulting from the SMB meeting held in Tokyo, 2014-11-10



IEC Technical Activities – Structure

ACSEC – New Advisory Committee on Security

The SMB agreed to set up a new Advisory Committee on Security (ACSEC) further to the recommendations made by ahG 52. The proposed scope of ACSEC is: - information security and data privacy matters which are not specific to one single technical committee of the IEC. It coordinates activities related to information security and data privacy, and provides advice to the SMB on those subjects. - provides guidance to TC/SCs for implementation of information security and data privacy in a general perspective and for specific sectors. - provides a venue for exchanging information between the IEC and other standards developing organizations relevant to ACSEC’s scope. - follows closely research activities and trends in Academia. The SMB agreed to accept the offer from DE to appoint Markus Reigl as Chair.
(SMB Decision 151/8)

SEG 4 - Low Voltage Direct Current Applications, Distribution and Safety for use in Developed and Developing Economies

The SMB agreed to set up SEG 4 Low Voltage Direct Current Applications, Distribution and Safety for use in Developed and Developing Economies further to the recommendations from ahG 54 set up by the SMB in response to a number of issues surrounding LVDC standardization.
The SEG shall work in close collaboration with SEG 6 Non-traditional Distribution Networks / Microgrids. The SEG is requested to provide the SMB with its recommendations on an approach to standardization in this area.
SMB appointed Vimal Mahendru (India) as Convenor.
The proposed scope of SEG 4 is…more
(SMB Decision 151/10)

SEG 5 – Electrotechnology for mobility

The SMB agreed to set up SEG 5 Electrotechnology for mobility with the following scope: - evaluate the interaction between plug-in electric vehicles and the electricity supply infrastructure in establishing a systems approach for e-mobility standards; - its mission is to determine the best solution (in terms of safety, interoperability and system performance), for the future work of systems level standards for electric vehicles within the IEC - this includes close synchronization and coordination with automobile manufacturers and suppliers, ISO/TC 22, IEC SyC on Smart Energy, IEC SEG 1 Smart Cities, applicable IEC TCs and SCs, fora and consortia. SMB invites SEG 5 to take into account the roadmap included with SG 6’s final report in document SMB/5390/R. SMB thanked SG 6 and its Convenor, Claude Ricaud, for its work and disbanded it.
(SMB Decision 151/4)

SEG 6 – Non-traditional Distribution Networks / Microgrids

SMB agreed to setup SEG 6 Non-traditional Distribution Networks / Microgrids with the following scope: Assess aspects of non-traditional distribution networks for applications such as: - Rural and developing markets that serve potential huge market needs (notably in Asia, India, and Africa) including networks that may be connected in the future to a traditional / interconnected grid. - Facility or campus grids capable of operating in an isolated mode with respect to a large interconnected grid. The SEG is requested to closely collaborate with TC 8 and SyC Smart Energy and other microgrid activities in IEC and to provide the SMB with its recommendations on an approach to standardization in this area. The SEG will work in close collaboration with SEG 4 in the area of LVDC. The SMB appointed Dr Wenpeng Luan (China) as Convenor of SEG 6. SMB further agreed that NPs relating to design and operation of microgrids should be directed to TC 8 (TC 8/WG 7). SMB agreed that the SyC Smart Energy should continue efforts in the following areas: a. Maintain and update the microgrid portion of the Smart Grid roadmap b. Collect and align concepts, scopes and functionalities c. Monitor the related work in IEC TC/SCs and identify standardization gaps d. Collect and define use cases under various application models of microgrids The SMB thanked ahG 53 and its Convenor, Wenpeng Luan, for its work and disbanded it.
(SMB Decision 151/9)

ahG 55 – Needs of the telecommunications sector in IEC

The SMB agreed to set up ahG 55 Needs of the telecommunications sector in IEC. The ahG should examine the needs of this sector and determine if the vehicle of either a Systems Evaluation Group or a Strategic Group on ICT would be appropriate versus the alternatives including other structures. The ahG could also outline the mission and deliverables of such a group including potential tasks such as mapping of the IEC activities, overall market needs and interfaces to groups and organizations outside the IEC. The ahG should also address the background and qualifications needed for individuals who would populate any new Strategic Group or alternative group. The ahG should work to develop and present a proposed path forward to SMB meeting 152. The SMB thanked ACTEL for its work and disbanded it.
(SMB Decision 151/5)

ahG 56 – Wearable Smart Devices

The SMB thanked the Korean NC for its presentation on Wearable Smart Devices and decided to set up ahG 56 Wearable Smart Devices to include participation from relevant TC/SCs as well as KR, JP, US, NL, DE, CN, FR, BR, SE, RU, IT, and AU.
The Co-Convenors are Kim Craig (AU) and Thomas Korssell (SE).
Its task is to review all current activity in the IEC in this area and to list needs for further standardization and coordination activity with proposals on how this may be carried out.
The ahG will report back to SMB 153 in June 2015 or earlier, if possible.
(SMB Decision 151/15)

ahG 57 – Composition of SGs and ACs

The SMB agreed that flexibility should be applied with respect to the membership of SGs and ACs, but that the general principle for alternates was that these could only take part in meetings in the case of absence of the member. Subject matter experts can be invited by the Convenor to address specific areas.
The SMB agreed to form ahG 57 convened by José Viel (BR) to develop a proposal for voting by the SMB based on the comments received in 5419A/CC.
(SMB Decision 151/19)

TC/SC Matters

Reporting of TCs to the SMB

The SMB agreed to implement recommendations A1 to A3 from ahG 51 resulting in a clearer and more concise format for reports and SBP’s from the Technical Committees. IEC CO is asked to add all relevant information directly into both RSMB and SBP to reduce the workload of TC secretariats. The revised RSMB and SBP shall be used for meetings held after 2015-01-01.
(SMB Decision 151/7)

TC/SC Reports

The SMB approved 16 TC/SC reports, including SBPs by correspondence before the SMB meeting. The SMB continues to monitor the timing of submission of the TCs/SCs reporting to SMB, to ensure that the reports are received within 3 months of the TC/SC meeting.
(SMB Decisions 151/2)

Projects for which extensions of target dates had been reviewed

The SMB approved extensions of target dates and project plans for projects, including those with more than 4 months delay, CDVs that require longer than 24 months to be available and requests for extensions in the TC/SC reports.
(SMB Decisions 151/24, 151/25 and 151/26)

Elimination of exceptional summer due dates for documents

The SMB agreed to eliminate the “exceptional summer due dates” for documents as from 2015. SMB noted that IEC CO had briefly looked at the similar situation that occurred at the end of each calendar year and believed that even though the CO was closed at that time, it should be possible to remove those dates too. CO will investigate further and report back to SMB.
(SMB Decision 151/22)


Presentations given to SMB meeting 151

Presentation from CENELEC

Mrs Elena Santiago, Director General CEN CENELEC gave an update on CENELEC activities in 2014. (SMB/5440/INF)
(SMB Decisions 151/27)

Presentation from IEEE

IEEE was represented by Mr Sam Sciacca who presented an update on IEEE activities and cooperation with IEC. IEC was invited to participate in the IEEE Standards Board meeting in December 2014. (SMB/5441/INF)

(SMB Decision 151/28)

Presentation from ITU-R

ITU was represented by Mr François Rancy who gave an update on the collaboration between IEC and ITU on standardization activities in radiocommunications. (SMB/5442/INF)

(SMB Decision 151/29)

Presentation from WTO

WTO was represented by Devin McDaniels who gave a presentation on International Standards and the TBT Agreement. (SMB/5443/INF)

(SMB Decision 151/31)

Next SMB Meetings

Dates and places for 2015

2015-02-09 - Monday, Geneva (CAG Meeting)
2015-02-10 - Tuesday, Geneva
2015-06-15 - Monday, Geneva (CAG Meeting)
2015-06-16 - Tuesday, Geneva
2015-10-12 - Monday (Minsk, Belarus - General Meeting)

Proposed dates and places for 2016

2016-02-22 - Monday CAG meeting (Geneva)
2016-02-23 - Tuesday (Geneva)
2016-06-13 - Monday CAG meeting (Geneva)
2016-06-14 - Tuesday (Geneva)
2016-10-10 - Monday (Frankfurt - General Meeting)














The proposed scope of SEG 4 is:

  • evaluate the status of standardization in the field of low voltage direct current (LVDC) applications and products and recommend to the SMB the architecture of any future standardization work program that the IEC may undertake
  • identify new areas of standardization to be undertaken by the IEC
  • evaluate the usage of LVDC in different integration environments in developed and developing economies with the objective to enhance energy efficiency and to develop new ways to utilize LVDC power
  • actively engage with relevant stakeholders within the IEC and external stakeholders already working in the field of LVDC

Under the active participation of the existing TCs and external stakeholders, the SEG shall:

  • evaluate and if necessary define the voltage parameters for LVDC
  • evaluate the existing market for LVDC products and applications
  • project the future  market for LVDC products and applications using information from current studies and simulation models
  • define use cases for the integration of DC infrastructure in the different areas (residential, commercial, public, industrial, premises, Renewable Energy, E-Mobility)
  • evaluate the future applications for DC
  • evaluate the status of safety in LVDC and the appropriate place for further standardization of LVDC safety to be located
  • evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the usage of LVDC (energy efficiency, regulation, and transmission…)
  • review the inventory of existing standards and standardization projects inside and outside IEC
  • evaluate gaps in standardization by using a use case mapping tool
  • define a structure for the coordination of cross TC/SC work in IEC, where required
  • monitor TC/SC work in IEC to highlight any overlap of work or potential inconsistencies
  • recommend technical work to define the LVDC network and grid.. ...go back