Massive open online curriculum (MOOC), growth in consumer demand for “content” and the expansion of college and universities cultural and entertainment activity it is wise to keep pace with the technologies that make it possible to produce and deliver the content from facilities that are safe and sustainable. As covered in previous posts, there are about 20 accredited standards developers that claim some part of this space, or expanding their charter to meet the demand for standards (to capture the teaching and accreditation revenue associated with being an accredited standards developer).
The parent committee of the highest level of electrotechnology standardization in the world is International Electrotechnical Commission Technical Committee TC 108: Safety of electronic equipment within the field of audio/video, information technology and communication technology. We see related issues running through the work of ISO Technical Committee 36 Cinematography (CLICK HERE for our previous coverage).
To paraphrase the IEC TC 108 Committee Scope Statement:
Horizontal safety function: Methods of measuring touch current and protective conductor current. This includes, for various types of equipment, methods of measurement of touch current with regard to physiological effects and of protective conductor current for installation purposes. The methods of measurement consider both normal conditions and certain fault conditions. Safety of equipment electrically connected to a telecommunication network
Group safety function:Audio, video and similar electronic apparatus – Safety requirements Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment and safety of remote power feeding.
According to the Strategic Business Plan, the need for standardization in this technology shows up in unexpected places such as 3-dimensional printing and wearable smart devices; both of which are of interest to faculty, students and the staff that supports the physical infrastructure.
The home page for the IEC public commenting facility is linked below:
While Standards Michigan is a member of ANSI’s US National Committee to the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNA/IEC) we generally refer action in global electrotechnology standards to the IEEE Education and Healthcare Facilities Committee where expertise resides in many nations. We also track and participate in the standards action of several trade associations that service some part of this space; all of whom are sensitive to the international electrotechnology standards action.
As of this posting there are no Committee Draft Vote (CDV) documents released by TC 108 seeking public comment.
It it wise to keep pace with this and other IEC technical committees for all the reasons listed above; however. We always encourage subject matter experts with front line experience planning, designing building, operating and maintaining these growing and complicated spaces. We recommend US-based experts contact Tony Zertuche, Director, International Policy and General Secretary, USNC/IEC (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also Ms. Kendall Szulewski-Francis, USNC Program Administrator, is a reliable resource (email@example.com).
We walk through the status of all international standards once per month but happy to discuss any topic every day at 11 AM Eastern time. See our CALENDAR for the next online teleconference devoted to international standards; open to everyone. The IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee meets online every other Tuesday in both Central European time American time zones. Its meeting dates and login credentials are available on its home page.
Category: Electrical, Telecommunications, Information Communications & Technology, #SmartCampus, International
Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Giuseppe Parise