Virtual reality makes real life even better
Imagine being able to see the issues of large-scale construction projects before building is complete and to collaborate with engineers and architects to keep on top of changes, or observe a city’s infrastructure in real time and improve performance of services.
Standards will make e-scooters safer
Walking down a city street, pedestrians have recently been confronted by a new phenomenon. Sailing by on sidewalks or bike lanes, commuters have adopted electric scooters as a popular mode of transportation. Offering a convenient means to travel distances considered too far to walk, they eliminate the need to rely on public transportation or a private vehicle. And given that 46% of car traffic consists of distances of less than 5 kilometres, e-scooters could serve as a solution to the…
Survey results on the circular economy and material efficiency
As the topics of the circular economy (CE) and material efficiency (ME) receive greater importance around the world, the Advisory Committee on environmental aspects (ACEA) recently conducted a survey to identify how it could provide guidance to the IEC community on these topics.
How can IEC shape the circular economy?
From mounting piles of waste to the depletion of natural resources, the current modes of production and consumption are unsustainable. Based on the current linear economic model, products are made, used and discarded. Challenging this linear model, a new economic model, known as the circular economy (CE), is gaining traction.
IEC signs Gender Responsive Standards Declaration
The opening ceremony for the Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards and Standards Development took place on 14 May 2019 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The IEC is one of its signatories.
Bringing the ethics into innovation
At this time of the year many eyes are turned towards the new technologies coming out of big trade shows, such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. And while new technologies still have their detractors, it would be very difficult to dismiss the benefits many of them are bringing to areas such as medicine, manufacturing and ICT, to name but a few.
Moving data around the network
The digitalization of information is underway. It is enabling the use of data to better understand our preferences and provide us with the services that match our needs. At home, the data collected and analyzed ensures that the preferred room temperature is calibrated depending on the occupancy and time of day. Farm animals are monitored from afar to provide the correct quantities of food and water for consumption and guard against illnesses. Manufacturers rely on digital twins to enhance…
Form and substance
A new edition of IEC 62474 makes chemical substance reporting easier for suppliers and manufacturers in the supply chain, helping them meet regulatory requirements.
Trust in your electronics
Technological development in the electronics industry has evolved not just at a rapid pace but has been accelerating steadily over the past 20 to 30 years. There have been many success stories and many failures. Competition is fierce. Companies that were start-ups a decade ago are now leaders in the electronics sector while many that were at the top have now ceased to exist. The advent of smart technology and the ever growing demand for smart devices and connectivity are bound to speed up…
Protecting renewable energy equipment from extreme weather
2018 was a year of extreme weather. Some of the lowest and highest temperatures were recorded in both hemispheres, while gale-force winds fuelled wildfires in a number of regions and hurricane-strength typhoons caused severe flooding in others.
Under the laser spotlight
Laser technology is so widely used today that we forget that it can be dangerous for our health if it does not meet the strictest safety standards. IEC expertise in producing safety specifications for lasers is recognized by regulators and throughout industry.
ROVs, AUVs and AIVs
Remotely operated vehicles (ROV), often described as "robot submarines", have been used by the oil and gas industry for many years, mainly for underwater drilling, construction and installation, inspection, maintenance and repair jobs in the wells of offshore oil platforms. Equipped with very sophisticated electronic devices, they are the eyes, ears and hands of those who operate them from ships or offshore platforms.
Measuring human exposure to 5G
5G is the latest generation of mobile network technology. It promises greater capacity, as well as significantly faster download speeds than the current 4G networks. It will mean loading the HD version of a three-hour movie like Avengers: Endgame in seconds, rather than the minutes it currently takes. More significantly, it opens up exciting new possibilities for a range of technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR).
Keeping track of things with RFID
RFID plays a key role in streamlining supply chain management applications, as the digitization of industries advances.
Smart tools and apps for home gardeners
Home gardeners looking to upgrade their lawnmowers, sprinklers and outdoor lights can choose from a growing range of tools paired with smart technology, which need not cost the earth.
Rethinking the healthcare ecosystem
Today, for many, technology is an inextricable part of life and healthcare. Friendly robots administer daily medications; algorithms diagnose diseases more accurately than top specialists, and a doctor’s appointment can happen over skype.