5G has been centre stage for two of the main international standards bodies, the IEC and IEEE, this year with new Joint Working Groups collaborating and using an agile working approach to harmonize Electromagnetic Field (EMF) safety compliance assessment standards for 5G devices.
In addition, the IEC has completed a new Technical Report with case studies for base station EMF assessments and, for the first time, includes 5G site surveys. This complements the new IEC base station assessment standard delivered in 2017 that also includes methods for 5G.
December 2018 marked a significant milestone for the IEC Technical Committee (TC) 106 and IEEE teams delivering the new Committee Draft international standards for 5G device testing and the Final Draft base station case studies Technical Report for national committee voting.
As 5G technology development advances at a rapid rate and new products and applications are designed, ensuring they are tested according to the EMF safety standards is a priority. This is where the work of the IEC and IEEE global experts comes in to ensure that the full international testing standards are developed and ready for 5G.
The IEC and IEEE teams include global experts from device manufacturers, academia, government regulators, mobile operators, and testing laboratories. The willingness to actively collaborate and share extensive breadth of expertise is what makes this work unique and rewarding.
5G is set to revolutionise wireless communications and play a major role in our future connected society and facilitate the road towards a more advanced Internet of Things (IoT). Knowing the importance of 5G and wireless communications on a global scale drives our experts who dedicate many hours, including significant personal time, to work on international standardisation.
Our teams are trying a new faster, agile working approach as part of their collaborative efforts to reach important milestones and to ensure the IEC delivers on the vision of ‘IEC everywhere for a safer more efficient world’.
Applying the new agile approach, earlier in 2018 the IEC published a Technical Report providing the most up to date EMF test methods for 5G devices to ensure we were ready for the early 5G deployments.
As Chairman of IEC TC 106, I am very proud to be working with our IEC and IEEE experts to ensure we develop the very best standards and a globally harmonised approach.
This is an exciting and unique opportunity for all involved and I congratulate the convenors, project managers and members from both organisations for their enthusiasm, commitment and energy this year.
The challenging and exciting journey continues!