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IEC News log – 2012


Wind power at the forefront of renewables field and growing in importance

TC 88: Wind Turbines ensures that wind systems and installations meet the latest technical requirements


Between 2001 and 2011 wind power expanded 10-fold, at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of more than 25,5%, to reach 238 GW at the end of 2011. Extensive work by IEC TC 88 experts has underpinned that growth.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-12-17


IEC International Standards help to keep the power on

Standardization work central to the global expansion of industry and economy


IEC TCs preparing International Standards for power generation, transmission and distribution were among the first to be created demonstrating the need for standardization in an industry that is central to the economic activity and prosperity of all countries.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-12-17


IEC announces new International Standard for wind turbine gearboxes

TC 88: Wind Turbines publishes IEC 61400-1, a landmark new International Standard


Converting mechanical wind energy to electrical power requires a number of components. One of these, the gearbox, is essential to uprate the low speed of the main shaft attached to the rotor hub. IEC TC 88 has just prepared an International Standard for design requirements for wind turbine gearboxes.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-12-17


The Internet of Things in the spotlight

ISO/IEC JTC1 forms two new Special Working Groups


The two new SWGs will deal with Management and IoT (Internet of Things).


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-11-23


Guilty or not? New IEC and ISO International Standard for credible digital evidence

Harmonized and globally accepted methodology to safeguard the integrity and authenticity of digital evidence


ISO/IEC JTC 1 has released a new International Standard which will ensure the reliability and credibility of digital evidence, which is increasingly used in court cases and legal disputes due to the development of technology and the growth of cybercrime.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-11-21


IEC and ISO harmonize International Standards for audits and certification

Harmonization designed to facilitate best practices for a wide variety of certification bodies and auditors


ISO/IEC 17065 and ISO/IEC 17021 will help create confidence that certificates granted by one certification body are effectively the same as those offered by another


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-11-16

Kazakhstan joins IECEE

IECEE welcomes the Republic of Kazakhstan as its 55th Member State

A key step towards enhancing trade regionally and internationally


IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, welcomes the Republic of Kazakhstan as its newest member country.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-11-15

mobile device

IEC and ISO adopt lower power encryption standard Enocoro stream cipher

International standard for light-weight cryptography in constrained environments ISO/IEC 29192-3


IEC and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) have adopted ISO/IEC 29192-3, about Enocoro, a light-weight stream cipher developed by Hitachi, as an International Standard.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-11-14


More efficient production of hazardous substance-free products

3rd edition of IECQ 080000 Hazardous Substance Process Management System Requirements


IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, has recently published the 3rd edition of IECQ QC 080000, Hazardous Substance Process Management System Requirements.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-10-29

Cloud computing

IEC and ISO recognize SNIA cloud computing data management interface as International Standard

First industry-developed open standard specifically for data storage as a service of cloud computing

IEC and ISO, through ISO/IEC JTC 1 have announced that the SNIA CDMI specification has been recognized as an International Standard


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-10-24

Australian National Committee of IEC celebrates 90th anniversary

Australian National Committee of IEC celebrates 90th anniversary this month

The IEC congratulates Standards Australia on this occasion

On 12 October 1922 the main committee of the Australian Commonwealth Engineering Standards Association was formed. It joined the IEC in 1925


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-10-23

Electrical Energy Storage Systems development to be facilitated

IEC, ISO approve web content accessibility guidelines as international standard

W3C web content accessibility guidelines 2.0 approved as international standard

This important accessibility standard, already widely deployed internationally, can now benefit from additional formal recognition from IEC and ISO national bodies


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-10-17

Electrical Energy Storage Systems development to be facilitated

IEC Technical Committee for Electrical Energy Storage Systems founded

TC 120: Electrical Energy Storage Systems

New TC will accelerate integration of renewable energy and enable a more reliable and efficient supply of electrical energy


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-10-11

New IEC General Secretary

New IEC General Secretary takes the helm

Frans Vreeswijk to steer the international standardization organization in electrotechnology from 1 October 2012


Frans Vreeswijk succeeds Ronnie Amit, who served as IEC General Secretary from 1999 until 30 September 2012


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-10-05

IEC IEEE Challenge

Academic publication on cloud computing standardization gets top award

Papers from Germany and Canada awarded second and third prizes


First prize awarded to Ken Krechmer from the University of Colorado, USA, for his paper: Cloud computing standardization.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-10-05

World Standards Day poster

Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency

43rd World Standards Day – 14 October 2012


The theme of World Standards Day 2012 is, "Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency". The World Standards Day message is signed by the leaders of the three principal international standardization organizations, the IEC, ISO and ITU.


( read article ) ( Français ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-10-04

IEC and ISO back Ecma

IEC and ISO back Ecma close proximity electric induction wireless communications standards

High speed wireless technology for short-range connectivity approved by IEC and ISO


The IEC and the ISO have ratified two Ecma standards that refer to electric induction wireless communications that enables fast data transfer by means of a simple “touch” between two devices in close proximity.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-09-28

USB Connector and cable

New IEC / IEEE global standards for condition monitoring of equipment at nuclear power plants

New guidelines and monitoring methods will help ensure the safety of electrical equipment used at nuclear power plant sites


The IEC and the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) today announced the joint publication of new international guidelines for condition monitoring of electrical equipment installed in nuclear power plants.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland and Piscataway, N.J.,USA, 2012-09-19

USB Connector and cable

IEC endorses four USB-IF Standards

Commission adopts technology specifications to address global need for universal data and charging interface


The IEC and the USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum) have announced the IEC's adoption of four USB-IF specifications to enable global standards and interoperability for data transfer and charging.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland and Beaverton, Ore.,USA, 2012-09-11

Klaus Wucherer with the Chairman of the GSEP meeting, Dr Grossmann (RWE)

The world’s largest electricity providers promote energy development through electricity

Three major challenges needing to be addressed by the international power sector over the next 10 years


CEOs and chairs of the world’s leading utilities met on 31 May 2012 in Berlin to address issues around building a sustainable and affordable electricity supply, in both industrialized and developing countries


( read article ) Berlin, Germany, 2012-05-31

Medical devices

Results of the World Standards Day 2012 poster competition

On the theme: “Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency”


The WSC (World Standards Cooperation) has announced the results of the poster competition for World Standards Day 2012 (14 October), which attracted almost 300 entries and over 4 000 votes.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-06-06

Medical devices

MPEG: can you imagine a digital world without it?

MPEG celebrates its 100th meeting


Ever since MPEG published its first standard, billions of MPEG-encoded files have been used in countless professional and consumer digital multimedia systems, from portable MP3 players to home devices such as DVD players or most digital TV or radio receivers in service throughout the world.


( read article ) ( Français ) ( Deutsch ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-05-01

Medical devices

Take part in the World Standards Day 2012 poster competition!

World Standards Cooperation launches poster competition


A competition open to all has been launched to design a poster for World Standards Day (14 October) on the theme, “Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency”.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-03-13

Medical devices

New ISO/IEC brochure focuses on force multipliers of ICT standards innovation

ISO/IEC JTC 1 brochure published


A new ISO/IEC brochure provides a concise overview of how ICT (information and communication technologies) standards can be a force multiplier for achieving positive results.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-03-12

Medical devices

ISO/IEC guide upgrades safety aspects in medical device standards

ISO/IEC Guide 63 published


A new Guide helps standards writers address safety aspects in medical device standards even more thoroughly by helping to improve the interface between the standards-developing committees and the stakeholders they serve.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-02-29

Electric vehicle

Moldova joins the IEC

IEC welcomes its 82nd member


The International Electrotechnical Commission is pleased to announce the IEC Council has approved the application for IEC Associate Membership from the Republic of Moldova, bringing the total number of its members to 82.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-02-21