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IEC News log – 2014

USB 3.1 type c

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


The IEC and the USB-IF have expanded international standards cooperation to include the latest USB-IF specifications for high-speed data

delivery and enhanced usages for device charging, USB 3.1 and USB Type-C Cable and Connector specifications.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, and Beaverton, Ore., U.S., 2014-12-08


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.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-12-02

Energy storage

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.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-11-28

IEC 78th GM

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.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-11-12

IEC 78th GM

Global event with 2 200 technology experts kicks off in Tokyo today

International collaborative platform to help build a smarter world


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, at the IEC 78th General Meeting, from 10-14 November, 2014.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-11-10

Cloud computing

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.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-11-07

Poster: World Standards Day 2014

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”.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-10-06


Full steam ahead!

Showcasing the work of IEC TC 5: Steam Turbines


With global demand for electricity exploding, steam turbines have a hot future fact, most of the electricity produced in the world today is generated by steam turbines.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-07-14


Expanding trade opportunities for Euro-Asian countries

IEC and EASC sign renewed Cooperation Agreement


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


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-07-03


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.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-07-01


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 decision-making processes, well-designed policies and the right technology systems are possible.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-06-27

IEC smart cities

Using the smartness of our cities

A snapshot of IEC Smart Cities work


IEC SEG (Systems Evaluation Group) 1 has been created as part of the systems approach to manage Smart City standardization needs.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-06-24

IEC UIC cooperation agreement

Closer cooperation on rail standards

IEC and UIC sign global Cooperation Agreement


Closer collaboration will make best use of the extensive expertise of each organization and avoid duplication railway standards.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-06-18

2014 World Standards Day

We have a winner!

Damar Panji Wijaya (Indonesia) is winner of the 2014 World Standards Day poster competition


Wijaya's design will provide the visual identity of World Standards Day 2014, celebrated each year on 14 October.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-06-06

Tomorrow’s experts step up

Introducing the UK Young Professionals national programme


Insights into how BEC (the British Electrotechnical Committee) is helping to prepare the next generation of IEC experts.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-04-24

Treating the body electric

New electrotechnologies offer interesting prospects for medicine


The rollout of entirely new electrotechnologies and fresh approaches in the medical environment pave the way for healthcare advances.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-04-22

Health-watch on the move

Wearable technologies spread their remit


Electronic wearables are now widely found in the health, wellness and medical domains, and most rely on IEC International Standards to operate reliably and safely.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-04-15

New IEC Standards bring mass EV adoption a step closer

A milestone towards a global framework of safe, interoperable solutions for EV d.c. fast charging


The IEC has published an International Standard for EV (electronic vehicle) d.c. (direct current) fast charging.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-04-07

Formula E approaches the starting grid

Electric vehicles in the motor-racing spotlight


The inaugural season of the world's first fully-electric racing series, Formula E, will run from September 2014 to June 2015.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-03-24

IEC welcomes MEPs’ support for its universal mobile charger standard

EU move to reduce e-waste and simplify consumer issues


The IEC welcomes last week’s near-unanimous vote by the European Parliament to embed the IEC’s universal phone charger standard for data-enabled mobile telephones into law in the EU by 2017.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-03-20

Nanotechnology may be key to solar energy and energy storage

New IEC and Fraunhofer ISI study finds that nanotechnology will bring significant benefits to energy sector


A new study from the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI has found that nanotechnology will bring significant benefits to the energy sector, especially to energy storage and solar energy.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-02-24

Behind the scenes at the Sochi Olympics

Making things work as they are supposed to


IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) work underpins a host of technologies which help in the smooth running of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia – unseen but essential for the success of the Games.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-02-20

Standards in the Cloud

Interview with Don Deutsch, Chairman of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38, Distributed Application Platforms and Services


Don Deutsch shares his thoughts on the importance of standards for cloud computing within the information technology sector and the role of SC (Subcommittee) 38: Distributed Application Platforms and Services.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-02-18

A CA perspective from Turkey

Interview with İhsaner Alkım, Executive Committee Member, Vestel


One of Turkey’s leading companies and leading consumer electrical equipment manufacturer Vestel has been part of IEC Conformity Assessment System IECEE for the last 10 years. Read about what working with the IEC brings to the company and advice to other businesses, big and small.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-02-17

Closer ties to build trade and share expertise

Statement of Cooperation signed between the IEC, RusAccreditation and Rosstandart


The IEC and Russian Federal standardization and conformity assessment agencies have signed a Statement of Cooperation in a move that will bring benefits to both Russian companies operating in international markets and international companies working in the Russian market.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-02-04

Protecting Asian economies from explosion risks

First IECEx International Conference in Malaysia


The 2014 IECEx International Conference will be taking place on 19 and 20 February 2014, and will provide a unique opportunity for industries in the region to better understand IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems.


( read article ) Geneva, Switzerland, 2014-01-22