Smart airports and aircraft
Despite recent Covid-19 fears, the number of air travellers is expected to continue growing over the next 20 years, as air traffic from the Asian and African continents surges.
Online retail is booming, boosting air cargo growth. In order to alleviate congestion in airports, new technologies are being introduced such as improved flight information displays, facial recognition and better ways to track luggage.The increasing threat of cyber attacks is also prompting airports to use the most up-to-date security techniques.
Airports and aircraft are also vying to become more sustainable as environmental concerns surge. All these new technologies rely on the latest developments in electrical and electronics engineering, underpinned by IEC Standards and Conformity Assessment systems.
IEC and ICAO
IEC collaborates with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations specialized agency that aims to reach consensus on civil aviation standards and recommended practices (SARPs). Many IEC standards are referred to by ICAO in its SARPs.
The IEC also runs four conformity assessment (CA) systems, with a number of schemes that specifically concern the aviation industry.