TC News - October 2012


Decisions and actions resulting from the SMB meeting held in Oslo, 2012-10-01



IEC Technical Activities - Structure

Systems Groups

SMB approved in principle the proposals made by ahG 35 relating to the organization of work on systems in IEC. This includes the concepts of Systems Advisory Groups, Systems Technical Committees and a Systems Resource Group.


AhG 35 defines a system as a group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements forming a purposeful whole of a complexity that requires specific structures and work methods in order to support applications and services relevant to IEC stakeholders.


The recommendations of AhG 35 include a process with two stages of systems activity and an additional group to serve as a resource for all groups undertaking this systems activity.


The first stage, a Systems Strategic Group is intended to be an open and broad engagement with the stakeholder community. It represents an opportunity to define the scope and extent of activity, mapping and identifying participants, and establishing an overview within the stakeholder community of the type and timing of work needed.


In the second stage, a Systems Strategic Group could be transformed into a Systems Technical Committee. In this stage, more focused technical work and deliverables are anticipated, including international standards, reference architectures, use cases, and other projects. The STC would be very similar to a normal product TC, but there will be additional obligations imposed on the participation of liaisons and interaction with TCs.


Creation of a Systems Resource Group is also proposed to provide for the development of tools and processes as well sharing of best practices among all the groups undertaking Systems level work.


The recommendations will require dedication of resources to this activity by IEC. The SMB agreed that ahG 35 should continue activity to follow through the implementation and details of the recommendations. (SMB Decision 145/5)

New technologies – Electrical Energy Storage Systems TC

The SMB noted that the proposal to establish a new Technical Committee (TC 120) on EES had been approved and passed the comments of the NCs and TCs received as reproduced in document C/1757/RV for action by the new TC and assigned the Secretariat to the Japanese NC.


The SMB further noted that comments may be received by ISO TMB and these will also be forwarded to the newly founded TC.


The new TC is also asked to report to the SMB on the potential for this TC to be a Systems TC under the new approach considered by the SMB. (SMB Decision 145/12)

New ISO Technical Committee - ISO proposal for a new ISO TC on Light and Lighting

The SMB noted the setting-up of a new ISO TC on Light and Lighting and agreed to pass the comments made by the National Committees and the Officers of TCs 34 and 76 to the Secretariat of the new TC, to be taken into account during discussion on its scope. (SMB Decision 145/18)


Reports from the SMB Strategic Groups/Advisory Committees

SG 1 and Renewable Energies

SMB confirmed that SG 1 had completed most of its strategic work on Energy Efficiency and asked SG 1 to make recommendations on its future transformation into an Advisory Committee. At the request of SG 1, the SMB agreed to remove renewable energies from the scope of SG 1, but noted that much work is needed in the Renewable Energies area.
The SMB set up ahG 42 on Renewable Energies with the task of making a proposal for IEC action in this field at the System level. The ahG was requested to organize a 1-day workshop with the Officers of TCs concerned (4, 8, 57, 82, 88, 105, 114 and 117, 120*) and interested SMB Members. (SMB Decision 145/7)

ahG 38

The SMB requested that ahG 38 provide a detailed report to SMB before 2012-12-20. This report should include the scope of ACEA, what the membership of ACEA should be, how it will realize the mission and potential and how regulators and environmental efficiency should also be addressed. (SMB Decision 145/10)

ahG 33 IT Tools

The SMB supported the recommendations of the General Secretary regarding consultation with Stakeholders relative to IT, including the findings of ahG 33, with the expectation that the General Secretary will provide an update in June 2013. This report will include a recommendation on how to structurally align and a mechanism to incorporate feedback regarding longer-term stakeholder needs as well as operational improvements
(SMB Decision 145/11)

Meeting and Recommendations of Chairman’s Advisory Group (CAG)

The SMB supported the recommendations of the CAG and created 3 new ad hoc Groups, as follows:

Stakeholder influence – ahG 39

Recommendation 1: The CAG recommends that the SMB consider the formation of an AdHoc Group with up to a year’s duration, noting that the associated timing for this effort is not urgent but is important. The AdHoc Group should define success in this area, including consideration of specific deliverables. These could include:

  • Implementation of tools with a focus on SMEs,
  • Tools which can be incorporated by large enterprises
  • The possibility of specific tools for government participation.
  • Consider a survey of experts
    • Know the number of active participants
    • Establish baseline statistics and note changes going forward

The AhG should enhance stakeholder participation through MasterPlan goals a1 and a2, sell the value of expert participation, enhance the IEC presence and reinforce communications to the community
In short, make the IEC become better known / more visible

Enhanced cooperation between TCs – ahG 40

Recommendation 2: The CAG recommends the SMB consider formation of an AdHoc Group to explore ways of enhanced cooperation between TCs (including JTC1). This group should take up to 1 year, and consider how to pilot things that work and should fully explore the ideas found in SMB/4542/DC as a basis for action.

New Technologies – ahG 41

Recommendation 4: The CAG recommends that the SMB form a 3rd AdHoc Group to examine how the IEC can better pursue leadership on standardization in new areas on a proactive basis. This AdHoc Group should work for up to one year and explore the following points:

  • How to provide tools and processes
  • How to gather the affected community
  • Ways of initiating new areas include
    • MSB driven - study / report
    • Constituent driven (new proposal)
  • Timing – always too soon / too late - never just right
  • How to remove barriers to start new efforts
  • Value of using the PAS vehicle?
    • Industry has not historically wanted / valued something less than an IS
    • Perception that quicker things come from consortia, not IEC
  • Possible use of focus groups or similar vehicles (direct industry appeal)
    • Is worldwide access through or in addition to national committees?
    • How to transition to specific IEC TCs and work projects
    • Facilitate access to technical work through NCs
    • How to ensure TCs act efficiently and timely

(SMB Decision 145/6)

TC/SC Chairman’s Terms of Office

The SMB took note of the CB Decision on TC/SC Chairman’s Term of Office, given in C/1739/R and set-up ahG 44 to address the concerns raised. The ahG is due to report back to SMB for its meeting 146, February 2013.

The CB confirmed that TC/SC Chairmen’s Terms of Office are to be limited and the task of the ahG is to determine what the term of office should be, as well as an implementation / transition plan. (SMB Decision 145/19)


Presentations given to SMB Meeting 145

TC Presentation from TC 31

The SMB received a presentation by Jim Munro, Chairman of TC 31 Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres. The relationship between TC 31 Standardization work and the Conformity Assessment Systems was discussed. TC 31 is in the unique situation of having a subcommittee, SC 31M, which operates on behalf of ISO and demonstrates an innovative solution to cooperation. (SMB Decision 145/14)

TC Presentation from TC 57

The SMB received a presentation by Thierry Lefebvre, Chairman of TC 57 Power systems management and associated information exchange. The relationship between TC 57 and Smart Grid was discussed. The importance of the relationship between the work of TC 57 and Communications systems in general was stressed. TC 57 is actively implementing SG 3’s recommendations on Smart Grid. Its work priorities include CIM (Common Information Model) and Cyber-Security. (SMB Decision 145/13)


Next SMB Meetings

Dates for 2013

2013-02-13 – Tuesday, Geneva Switzerland

2013-06-11 – Tuesday, Geneva Switzerland

2013-10-21 – Monday, New Delhi, India (General Meeting)

Dates for 2014

2014-02-18 – Tuesday, Geneva Switzerland
2014-06-17 – Tuesday, Frankfurt, Germany
2014-11-10 – Monday, Tokyo, Japan (General Meeting)