2018 has been an interesting and important year in technology and international standards. Here is a list of our most popular stories for each month, based on the number of times an article was clicked.
January: technology making driving safer
IEC TS 63033 Drive Monitoring System enables drivers to see all around their vehicles
The IEC is providing carmakers with a toolkit to fit new vehicles with video technology that could eliminate blind spots in different traffic situations. The new Technical Specification, IEC TS 63033-1, will enable drivers to see all around their vehicles, from different perspectives.
February: choosing the right battery storage option
Making the right battery storage choice for solar panel installations
Different parameters must be considered when selecting a battery solution, including cost, ease of maintenance, frequency of use, depth of discharge and longevity.
March: making buildings smarter
How smart are smart buildings?
What if the building you worked in knew who you were before you got through the door, could tell you your agenda for the day and adjusted the light and temperature to suit your needs wherever you were?
April: safeguarding consumers by getting the information right
Making sure it does exactly what it says on the tin
There are very few things more annoying than opening a box and not finding what you thought you had bought inside. It wastes time and reflects badly on the manufacturer.
May: important milestone for conformity assessment in the solar energy sector
IECRE issues first solar PV certificate
It is vitally important that equipment manufactured for the renewable energy sector adheres to strict International Standards. This is much easier to ensure when there is a strong and independent system in place for testing and certification.
June: sustainable agriculture
How robots are transforming agriculture
Robots are not only making agriculture more efficient, but also they are having a beneficial impact on the environment. A solar-powered weed-killing robot, for example, will help farmers cut down on the need for herbicides and genetically modified crops.
July: technology at major sporting events
Summer sporting events showcase new technologies
Major sport events have been an ideal forum to showcase recent advances in technology. This year — from the World Cup to Wimbledon and the Tour de France — has been no exception.
August: achieving cyber security
The ABC of cyber security
The aim of any cyber security strategy is to protect as many assets as possible and certainly the most important assets.
September: wind energy in the hurricane season
How well can wind turbines cope with hurricanes?
A question that I am frequently asked is how well turbines can withstand hurricane force winds. The short answer is that International Standards help to ensure that turbines are built to withstand external conditions that may occur over the expected life of the project.
October: IEC General Meeting takes place in Busan, South Korea
IEC General Meeting opens
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has welcomed IEC delegates to Busan. “At this General Meeting, I hope to gather insights into the role and contribution of standardization in responding to the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” he said.
November: IEC publishes white paper on artificial intelligence
Beyond the buzz: new IEC White Paper demystifies artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence and its accompanying terminology – machine learning, neural networks and algorithms – are widely used yet not well understood.
December: understanding what makes cities smart
Interview with Michael Mulquin, Chair of the IEC Systems committee on Smart cities
During a recent visit to the IEC, Michael Mulquin, Chair of the IEC Systems committee on Smart cities, shared his thoughts on how we define smart cities, the role of technology and data and the importance of standards.