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TC News - February 2014


Decisions and actions resulting from the SMB meeting held in Geneva, 2014-02-18



IEC Technical Activities - Structure

Enhanced cooperation between TCs

The SMB has emphasized that improved cooperation and collaboration between TCs and SCs is essential to the future of the IEC. The SMB noted that the recommendations made by ahG 40 in support of the IEC Masterplan had been approved. It requested CO to report on implementation of the recommendations for SMB meeting 150 in June 2014. The recommendations are...more.
(SMB Decision 149/13)

SEG-2, Smart Grid -> Smart Energy SyC

The SMB noted that the recommendations made by SEG 2, Smart Grid had been approved. SMB formally disbanded Strategic Group 3 and thanked it for its valuable pioneering work.
The SMB agreed to propose the setting up of a new Systems Committee (SyC) on Smart Energy with the following scope:
"SyC Smart Energy to provide systems level standardization, coordination and guidance in the areas of Smart Grid and Smart Energy, including interaction in the areas of heat and gas.
To widely consult within the IEC community and the broader stakeholder community to provide overall systems level value, support and guidance to the TCs and other standards development groups, both inside and outside the IEC.
To liaise/cooperate with the SEG Smart Cities and relevant SEGs and SyCs, as well as the future SRG."
The creation of the SyC on Smart Energy will be voted by the IEC National Committees in the same process as is used for creation of a new Technical Committee.
The convenor and secretary of SEG 2 are asked to complete a formal report on the work of SEG 2 addressing the points necessary for the formation of a SyC by 15 March 2014.
(SMB Decision 149/5)

Data Security / Privacy

The SMB noted an emerging need and in response to a proposal from DE, agreed to set up ahG 52 on Data Security / Privacy to make recommendations on how to best address these issues and the type of group needed to cover the whole of the IEC, particularly taking into account existing work in JTC 1 and ISO. Convenor DE, members from US, GB, KR, JP, FR, CN, CA, AU, RU and IEC CAB. The ahG should report to SMB meeting 151 in November 2014. Details of the proposal are ....more

(SMB Decision 149/15)

Micro Grids

The SMB agreed to set up ahG 53 to look into this proposal in more detail and in particular to decide on the most suitable type of entity to deal with the issues raised. Convenor CN, members from DE, JP, US, GB, BR, FR, KR, IT, as well as representatives from TC 8 and SEG 2. The CO will also work with the Affiliate Countries to solicit their involvement. The ahG should report to SMB meeting 151 in November 2014. Details of the proposal are ....more

(SMB Decision 149/16)


Reports from the SMB Strategic Groups/Advisory Committees

SG 5, Ambient Assisted Living -> SEG-3 Ambient Assisted Living

The SMB agreed to disband SG 5 and create an SEG on AAL and appointed Thomas Sentko (DE) as the convenor. The SMB requested the convenor of SG 5 to formally address the required issues for formation of an SEG in a document to be circulated to the SMB for comment by 15 March 2014.
Proposed terms of references for SEG "AAL": IEC SEG on Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) evaluates relevant works and propose to establish an SyC with regard to AAL including the SyCs’ scope, general use cases, a possible reference architecture model, a standardization roadmap*, a collection of to be defined terms and definitions, and a mapping of closely related activities in cooperation with ISO and other organizations, fora and consortia.


*including gap analysis

(SMB Decisions 149/6)


Presentations given to SMB Meeting 149

Presentation from TC 81, Lightning protection

The Chair of TC 81, Mitchell Guthrie, updated SMB on activities of TC 81, in particular the use of the “10/350” test waveform.
(SMB Decision 149/17)

Presentation from TC 85, Measuring equipment for electrical and electromagnetic quantities

The Chair of TC 85, Franck Gruffaz, made a presentation on its work, notably the issues relating to interaction with other TCs. SMB agreed to set up a conciliation panel between TC 85 and TC 38, chaired by Rémy Baillif, to work to resolve a way forward if there are any remaining issues and to report back to SMB meeting 150 in June 2014.
(SMB Decision 149/18)

Presentation from TC 119, Printed Electronics

The Secretary of TC 119, Kyung-Tae Kang, updated SMB on activities of TC 119 and was requested to ensure that the work of the TC proceed in accordance with ISO/IEC Directives, notably with respect to target dates for distribution of documents.
(SMB Decision 149/19)

Presentation from CENELEC

SMB received a presentation on the implementation of the Dresden Agreement made by Mr Javier Garcia Diaz on behalf of CENELEC.
SMB believes that criteria where European NPs are offered to IEC could be improved and invites IEC and CENELEC to make proposals. Central Office is asked to transform the material from this presentation into appropriate reference materials for use in the IEC on the use and implementation of the Dresden Agreement.
The IEC members are encouraged to populate the database on adoption and use of IEC standards.
(SMB Decision 149/26)

Presentation from ITU

The SMB thanked Reinhard Scholl for his presentation and invited ITU-T to continue the dialogue regarding the concerns expressed by IEC in areas of interest to ITU.
(SMB Decision 149/27)


TC/SC Reports

The SMB approved 30 TC/SC reports, including SBPs by correspondence before the SMB meeting. The SMB continues to stress the importance of timely reports by TCs and SCs within 3 months of the TC/SC meeting. The Secretariats for TCs 76, 89, 103 and 113 are now late, and the Secretaries and the NCs holding the Secretariats are urged to complete their reports to the SMB within the three month window.

(SMB Decisions 149/2, 149/20)


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 149/23, 149/24, 149/25)


Reporting of TCs to the SMB

The SMB set up ahG 51 to review the needs for reports from TC/SCs, in particular the SBPs and RSMBs. The ahG should complete a report to the SMB before the Tokyo meeting of SMB in November 2014, to allow discussion at the TC/SC officers’ workshop in Tokyo. The ahG will be convened by Jos Remy, NL. Members from CA, US, JP, GB, RU, ES, IT, KR, DE, SE as well as TC/SC officers to be selected by IEC/CO and the SMB Chairman.
(SMB Decisions 149/3)


Next SMB Meetings

Dates and places for 2014

2014-06-16 - Monday, Frankfurt, Germany (CAG Meeting)
2014-06-17 - Tuesday, Frankfurt, Germany
2014-11-10 - Monday, Tokyo, Japan (General Meeting)

Dates and places for 2015

2015-02-10 - Tuesday, Geneva
2015-06-16 - Tuesday, Geneva
2015-10-12 - Monday, Minsk, BY (General Meeting)

Proposed dates and places for 2016

2016-02-23 - Tuesday (Geneva)
2016-06-14 - Tuesday (Geneva)
2016-10-10 - Monday (Frankfurt - General Meeting)














Enhanced cooperation between TCs

…The recommendations are:
Item 1: Establish responsibilities for the role of Liaison Coordinator which may include:
- to address information requests between TC/SCs due to emerging technologies and   the future “system approach” in standards development
- to monitor and ensure reporting of TC/SC Liaison Officers to/from TC/SCs
- to inform established liaisons of potential new work item proposals (NPs) in an effort to avoid future conflicts or identify emerging technologies etc.
Item 2: TC/SC clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of the Liaison Coordinator
Item 3: ISO/IEC Directives Part 1, Paragraph 1.15 to be revised
Item 4: Revise, publish and expand the survival tool kit for Chairmen and Secretaries
Item 5: Develop e-training modules/job aids for TC/SC members
Item 6: Develop a guidance document on best practices for Liaison Officers, to include a new template for internal liaison reports- see annex A for a sample report
Item 7: Promote the establishment of internal liaison relationships between National mirror committees
Item 8: Enhance the TC/SCs homepage to include the following:
- TC/SCs involvement in SMB Advisory Committees
- Latest Internal Liaison Report
- TC/SCs involvement in Systems Committees
Item 9: Prepare an official list of identified Liaison Officers and make it available by/between TC/SCs
Item 10: Create a common area for liaison coordination in order to share information, i.e. collaboration tool area
Item 11: Develop IT solutions to automatically map networks based on current liaison information between TC/SCs such as SG 3 mapping tools and SG 2 TC/SCs’ correlation maps and make it available in a common area i.e. collaboration tool area
Item 12: Post the new projects/new work item proposals on the IEC website under the Resource area in accordance with AC 12/2012
Item 13: Establish a higher level group within IEC to review the NWIPs for possible conflicts
Item 14: Offer group training for TC/SC Officers at the GM, or regionally or nationally
Item 15: Identify common issues which may impact on the work activities of TC/SCs
Item 16: Consider changing the format of the TC/SC Secretary Forum
Item 17: Consider having a technical/sectorial “theme” at the GM such as Smart Cities
Item 18: At the GM, create an opportunity for networking
Item 19: At the GM, make the IEC Technical Officers more accessible and visible
Item 20: NCs should invite IEC to visit and present updates on international standardization work and activities, policy changes etc.....go back

Data Security / Privacy

…Details of the proposal are: We live in times of converging technologies and the growing importance of the system approach. Many new challenges appear in conjunction with these recent developments. IEC accepts these challenges when it comes to safety and reliability. Now we have started to develop interconnected services like Ambient Assisted Living, Smart Grid, Factory Automation and Smart Cities, only to name a few. Central to enabling these technologies functionalities is the collection, the combination and the exchange of data.

When talking about the administration of this data, we have to think negatively.

The collaborated set of data is a very interesting asset for different market players. Various data needs to be shared to enable system functionality, others need to have the ability to be treated private and secure. We are not only talking about medical data in the AAL environment, but also f. e. about factory automation data. The resources and funds of a company might be the outline of a special factory design or way of production design. Not taking care of these data or their unencrypted usage in clouds would be a negligent act.

There are several existing ISO standards with regards to data security, but the knowledge of their implementation is not widespread in the IEC committees concerned. Also the adaption of electrotechnical products and services in these standards is insufficient.

Therefore, the German National Committee would like to call for the establishment of an Advisory Committee on data security (ACoSec) to advise the IEC community on protection against data piracy, interception and other unintended collection in combination with the misuse of private data. We also would like to take over the responsibility to conduct this committee and, furthermore, suggest a Convenor....go back

Micro Grids

…Details of the proposal are:
The purpose of this SEG is to evaluate the status of standardization in the field of micro grid based on the existing work result (smart grid roadmap) and work out plans for new standardization work to be taken by IEC.

Via collaboration with IEC SEG on Smart Grid…

  • To review the inventory of existing standards and standardization projects inside and outside IEC.
  • To review the reference architecture of micro grid.
  • To define a structure for the coordination of cross TC/SC work in IEC, where required.
  • To monitor TC/SC work in IEC to highlight any overlap of work or potential inconsistencies.
  • To update the micro grid part in the Smart Grid Roadmap.


  • To collect and align the concepts, scope and functionalities of micro grid.
  • To reflect the state of the art and identify potential gaps to address the IEC standardization needed in micro grid.
  • To evaluate the economic aspects for applying micro gird, e.g. by identifying market drivers and various application model.
  • To collect and define use cases.
  • To prepare the System Committee (SyC) proposal for micro grid.

Note: This Evaluation group needs to consider the work of both IEC/TCs/SCs and IEC/SMB/SGs.

Since 2009, micro grid related projects supporting the national security, business operation and power supply to remote area have obtained substantial progress. As expounded in the Q2 Micro Grid Deployment Tracker from Navigant, the global total installation capacity of micro grid is approaching 3,800 MW, including projects of planned, proposed, under development and deployed. While the micro grid technologies keep evolving, and being verified by pilot and commercial projects, as well as the plug-in components grow quickly, micro grid more and more shows itself as a key player in promoting renewable energy utilization, lowering carbon emission, providing safe and economic power supply for remote areas, elevating power supply reliability and power quality of special users, participating demand response, improving the comprehensive energy efficiency, enhancing disaster resilience, boosting related industries and producing employments. 
At present, IEC SMB has launched the standardization work of micro grid. The Smart Grid Roadmap describes the characteristics and required integrated/island operating functions of micro grid, lists out the classical use cases enabled by substation automation such as power balance and black-start, identifies the developing communication and information standards relevant to micro grid, and proposes to fill the standards gaps in urgent needs in area of demand response, coordination between CIM and IEC 61850, Web service and distributed energy integration. Meanwhile, IEC is developing distributed energy integration standards such as IEC/IEEE PAS 63457 Interconnecting distributed resources with electric power systems and IEC 62786 Demand Side Energy Sources Interconnection with the Grid.
Micro grid generally comprises distributed generation, storage device, energy conversion device, load, monitoring and protection device, is capable of both integrated and island operation, and recognized as an independent control unit relative to the public grid. Although existing standards such as distributed energy integration standard, communication and information standard, etc., regulate certain aspects or components of the micro grid, standards of general design, performance requirement, interoperability, etc., from the perspective of considering the micro grid as an independent small generation and consumption system, are still missing. Under these circumstances, it is proposed to establish the micro grid system evaluation group, to recognize micro grid as a relatively independent unit, identify standards gaps and overlaps from the systematic perspective, develop the strategic work plan of micro grid standards system, collect the classical use cases and evaluate the application value of micro grid. ...go back