Cities provide many services to its residents, from electricity and water to safety and public transportation. Data and technology can be used to enhance these services and improve the quality of life for its residents. This is the aim of smart cities.
IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB) held its most recent meeting during the IEC General Meeting in Shanghai. Key topics covered include the UN Sustainable Development Goals, digital transformation, promoting regional balance and the implementation of the IEC Masterplan.
A new Joint Advisory Group (JAG) has been set up to facilitate cooperation between IEC TC 100, IEC TC 124 and IEC SyC AAl. Johannes Koch from the IEC National Committee for Germany, DKE, is the new chair for this group.
According to the World Bank, 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability. There is a great need to provide services so that the disabled can live healthy, active and independent lives.
A new economic model is emerging that re-evaluates our current approach to production and consumption. It is based on circular mechanisms in which products and materials can be reused, repaired, refurbished, remanufactured and recycled.
From mounting piles of waste to the depletion of natural resources, the current modes of production and consumption are unsustainable. Based on the current linear economic model, products are made, used and discarded.