We are entering a new way of working and collaborating at the IEC this year given the global COVID-19 issues we are all facing. It’s certainly an unprecedented situation and one that comes with many different emotions, stresses and ways of coping. On a personal level I am still coming to grips with this new world we face.
Standardization is a key aspect of the global community we all share and right now that couldn’t be more relevant for the work of the IEC, which underpins international trade in electrical and electronic goods, affordable infrastructure development, smart urbanization and transport systems, sustainable energy, and the safety and security of people and the environment.
The work of the technical committee I chair, TC 106, is of crucial importance to telecommunications. Society has embraced mobile telecommunications in recent years and it has become an integral part of daily life.
Along with fixed networks, as a society we have never been as dependent on telecommunications to be connected as we are in 2020. It has skyrocketed overnight.
If we stop for a moment and look at the role of TC 106, it’s at the heart of the wireless telecommunications that the whole world depends on. Ensuring we have the appropriate electromagnetic field (EMF) safety testing standards and methods for devices and networks is essential and this is reflected in our revised TC106 Strategic Business Plan.
But more fundamental to how the IEC delivers these important global standards is the wellbeing of all our experts, teams and conveners, so we can work as efficiently as possible in these challenging times.
We will all be experiencing different challenges with our level of contribution varying — I know I am certainly finding some days far more difficult than other days. I guess a key message is that we are a global family and need to support each other far more now so that we can all succeed.
TC 106 meetings, like those of other TCs, will be virtual online and whilst this brings challenges, it’s also an opportunity to learn what works well and what needs adjusting. However, we have to be realistic about the delivery and timing of our work, as some projects will need longer.
On the other hand, perhaps some things can be done more efficiently. It will certainly be an interesting experience.
Whilst we represent our IEC National Committees and relevant stakeholders, ultimately, we are delivering global standards for everyone. In the IEC family, we should all be asking ourselves how we can support each other and also the upcoming IEC Young Professionals who are our future leaders and inspire new thinking.
With the help of IEC Central Office, we must share feedback on how we can best make this work, and pool new ideas and suggestions for alternatives to try. The collective power of the IEC family will define and empower us!