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

Smart Cities




With increasing population density cities have to apply more sustainable solutions to move people to their individual destinations while overcoming traffic congestion and pollution.

IEC work covers the large majority of the electrical and electronic infrastructure of every imaginable transportation technology. It supports the whole monitoring, control and service infrastructure in train and metro stations, airports, bus stops, garages and at street level.


IEC International Standards cover electric power supply, steering and control instruments, electric generators, drives and motors, batteries, lighting and signalling, sensors, displays and monitors, wires and all forms of connectors and coupling devices.


Functional safety Standards make certain that all electronic instructions are, without fail, executed to the letter, for example that metro doors don’t open between stops. IEC International Standards also take into consideration overall electrical safety, performance, environmental impact and efficiency.


Trains, light-railways, trams, metro-systems

IEC work covers all aspects of automated public transport systems including communication systems within vehicles and with the central command station.


Air transport systems

IEC work covers much of the electrical and electronic equipment used in airplanes. It also protects the sensitive electronics in planes from high-altitude electromagnetic interference. At the ground, IEC work covers computers, printers and ticket readers at check-in; baggage tagging (RFID), conveyor belts, lighting, announcement systems, security and access control, scanners and biometric readers, escalators and elevators, luggage dispatch, airfield lighting, communication and radio equipment, flight surveillance instrumentation, and more.

Photo: European Hydrogen Association

Electric, fuel-cell and combustion buses

In addition to the electric and electronic systems that can be found in all buses, the IEC has standardized the safety and performance of AC and DC charging systems for electric buses and the safety and performance of fuel cells for hydrogen fuelled buses.


Photo: Ultra Global

E-scooter, e-bike, driverless pods

All electric and electronic elements


Photo: Yale

Electric and other automobiles

Public and private fast and slow charging systems, plugs and sockets on the car and at the charging station, batteries and their safety and performance, in-car electronic displays and components, lamps and lighting

Photo: Yale

e-vehicles for use in warehouses, shops, at airports, in train stations

All electric and electronic elements


Traffic lights, displays and monitors

IEC International Standards help ensure the functioning and efficiency of the whole supporting infrastructure from electronic turnstiles, ticketing machines, computer hard- and software, lighting or announcement systems, escalators and people movers, to the surveillance and instrumentation that avoids collisions and ensures the safety of the whole transportation network.