Ulrike Haltrich has been appointed Chair of IEC TC 100: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, one of the most prolific IEC TCs. IEC TC 100 has published close to 500 standards which shape the audio-visual (AV) as well as the information and communication (ICT) landscape.
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Can you quickly run us through some of the key achievements of TC 100 to date?
TC 100 has a great track record in improving people’s quality of life (QOL), with publications in the area of smart television, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and Internet TV receiver specifications, optical cable distribution systems and audio archive systems, to name but a few. The TC has also been involved in the maintenance of Digital Living Network Alliance (DNLA) guidelines in addition to developing the e-book and e-publishing related format as well as the USB and MIDI interface. It also produces tremendous work in multimedia systems and equipment for cars. The TC includes 324 experts and issued 16 publications in 2019 bringing the total to 474. That gives you an idea of the volume and depth of the work we do.
As new Chair, where will your priorities lie?
Alongside continuing to improve people’s QOL, TC 100 has defined some new priorities which relate to making our world a more sustainable place. Environmental aspects will be key. We will be looking at measuring methods for power consumption for AV and ICT equipment, for instance. Energy efficiency and smart grid applications will be part of the mix. Other technical areas that will be prioritized are active assisted living (AAL), and more generally the question of accessibility and usability for AV and multimedia equipment. Next generation audio is also important, as is wireless power transfer.
Which new technologies are expected to have an impact on the standards TC 100 will develop?
Artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and cyber security systems are gaining traction in AV and multimedia. There are also demands for standardization relating to new types of user interfaces, such as haptics or vibrotactile multimedia systems. Augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality continue to be hot topics. There are equally many demands for standardization in the area of multimedia systems and equipment for vehicles. We will aim to improve inclusion and sustainability and will specifically focus on the environmental aspects for multimedia systems and equipment.