Smart Cities


City services

regional concerns

Public services, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, food distribution and restaurants, financial institutions, all rely on electricity and the many elements of electrical and electronic hardware and systems standardized in the IEC. Without them data collection and city management would be impossible.

Across and beyond individual technologies IEC work also covers the following areas.


Security and Cybersecurity
Here IEC work helps protect critical infrastructure such as utilities and power generation as well as ensure overall IT security. It also helps reduce the risk of explosions from flammable liquids, fumes or ignitable dusts.

Safety and Functional safety
IEC work helps reduce electrocution risks and accidents due to moving parts in electrical devices. IEC International Standards for Functional safety help ensure that electronic commands are always promptly and properly executed for example to ensure that a safety valve closes exactly when it should to avoid a chemical spill or that an elevator door only opens when the cabin has stopped.

Electromagnetic compatibility
The billions of electrical and electronic devices used in cities all emit electromagnetic interferences (EMI) that can disturb or completely disrupt the functioning of electrical circuits, leading to errors or even the complete loss of data. When such interference happens i.e. in the emergency ward of a hospital or an airplane, lives may be directly at stake. The IEC helps protect sensitive electronics from EMI and contains the interference for example of large-scale batteries in electric vehicles.