IECQ Newslog

Never compromise safety thanks to IECQ

Semiconductors rarely make headlines in the mainstream press – they are usually confined to trade magazines and specialized blogs. This has changed re...

Technology showcased at the Tokyo Olympics

The pandemic that has affected the whole world since the beginning of 2020 has had major consequences in all walks of life.

Improved safety in the nuclear industry through IECQ

Industry is always looking for ways to improve the safety, reliability and quality of its products and services. While this is true for all businesses...

Safety for e-scooters and pedestrians

Boomers or their parents may have fond memories of the kick scooters they rode on when they were kids. In those days, nobody could imagine adults usin...

Innovations in the time of COVID-19

In the 20th century, wars and other catastrophic global events wreaked havoc and at the same time, were the triggering factor for technological, medic...

G20 standards summit highlights key role of standards in global crisis management and digital transformation

The Riyadh International Standards Summit held on 4 November 2020 examined the themes of Global crises need global solutions – How international stand...

Electronic components keep our smart world going

For the past 15 years or so, the world had become smarter than ever.

Protecting assets

It is reasonable to say that companies, whether small- or medium-size, multinationals, industrial or service-oriented, that are technology-driven are ...

From boomers to gen Zers

For the first time perhaps in the history of mankind, industrialized countries now often have four generations cohabiting in the workplace: baby boome...

Winning trust

In today’s world of ultra-smart technology, being smart doesn’t only mean being well connected, but also well protected against security breaches. Whi...

Have you taken your medication today?

As far back as 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that only about 50% of patients with chronic diseases living in developed countries...

Protection from cyber threats and beyond

In many countries, the networked connection of physical objects is the norm today, in homes and businesses, transport, healthcare, entertainment and s...

Smart made safe

In the last decade the healthcare sector, which had until then been mainly in the hands of professionals, has seen a major shift. People now keep tabs...

Fostering sustainable consumption and production

In the last 50 years, the global population has consumed more goods and services than the combined total of all previous generations. This has fostere...

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals through standardization

To achieve this, in 2015, United Nations Member States adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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 y...

IEC presence on five continents

Since the beginning of the 2000s, IEC Central office in Geneva, Switzerland, has decentralized some of its activities, establishing regional offices f...

Invaluable support for developing countries

Each year sees an increase not only in the number of countries participating in the IEC Affiliate Country Programme but also in the number of Internat...

Safe connections

Artificial intelligence, robotics, biometrics, virtual and augmented reality, smart transportation, digital health and 5G connectivity are hot topics ...

Managing hazardous substances

Take a moment to think about the number of electronic devices you’ve acquired in your lifetime. Can you remember all the computers, tablets, phones, g...

Waste not, want not!

As the amount of electronic and electrical equipment waste (e-waste) generated each year continues to increase, the work accomplished by the IEC becom...

Small and powerful

Electronics are omnipresent today. For the younger generations, it must be difficult to imagine life without the array of electronic, smart devices th...

All systems under control

Avionics - a term coined from the merging of aviation and electronics - deals with all electronic devices and systems that perform specific individual...

Electronics inside

What do artificial intelligence, robotics, biometrics, virtual and augmented reality, sports innovations, digital health and 5G connectivity have in c...

Baby tech boom

Baby-related technology is increasingly about monitoring newborns from afar using the latest facial recognition tools and artificial intelligence soft...

Ever smaller, safer and more powerful

With the digitization of societies, electronics has become ubiquitous in modern life. Smart devices and appliances, industrial automation and robotics...

Home smart home

The market for smart home devices and systems is booming. The IEC is helping the various industries involved by publishing a number of Standards in th...

Digitization: direct impact on standardization

In his address to Council, Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO, reminded the audience that digitization is a key focus for both industry and ...

Electronics essential for sustainable energy model

The demand for energy is growing fast, for electricity even faster. To meet the needs of over 9 billion people by 2050, energy production will have to...

2017 IEC Awards

Every year the IEC honours the commitment and work of a number of individuals in its community who, through their leadership and technical expertise, ...

Strengthening participation

Each year sees an increase not only in the number of countries participating in the IEC Affiliate Country Programme but also in the number of Internat...

A global approach

All IEC regional centres are focal points for IEC standardization activities in their respective part of the world. They have greatly contributed to r...

Smart, safe and reliable

Inventions of past centuries have paved the way for today’s technological innovations. This is the case for many of the electronic components that we ...

In the home stretch

From smart clothes to talking cows: the IEC prepares Standards for the latest wearable applications.

Independence Day

Using new technology and gadgets to help the elderly and people with disabilities stay independent in and outside the home is the approach favoured by...

Obituary - Dave W. Smith

It is with great sadness that the IEC learnt of the passing away of former IECQ Chair Dave W. Smith on 20 June 2017.

Green connections

Smart and connectivity are two of the words that probably best describe our society in the 21st century. Everyone and everything is connected nowadays...

Wear your health on your sleeve

New flexible and organic printing technologies are revolutionizing the medical wearable device market and the IEC is establishing the key relevant Int...

Sensors at the heart of disaster relief

Long gone is the time when populations knew of an earthquake when it was actually happening, when rescue teams cleared rubble with their bare hands, w...

Plug and play for refugees

Access to clean and affordable energy for all is a sustainable development goal for the United Nations and the IEC is contributing to the effort with ...

Smarter than the average lamppost

Want a weather update, real-time air pollution status, or are you just trying to find that elusive parking space? It’s simple…ask the lamppost!

With a little help from ADAS

Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) are developed to automate, adapt and/or enhance vehicle systems for safety and better driving. 

Smart home: a life-changing experience

While recent developments in home automation are bound to make anyone’s life easier, there are certain categories of the population for which it may b...

A certificate in record time

Demand for the use of solid state technology for general and specific lighting applications continues to grow at a very rapid pace. Light-emitting dio...