Identify the future! The MSB Technology Radar


Connecting technologies to standardization

The trend study “Evaluation of roadmaps, technology trend studies, and research agendas”, initiated by the IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB), gives an overview of strategic topics and major trends with respect to markets and technologies for the next 25 years in the area of electrical, electronic, and related technologies. A major result of the study is a Technology Radar that maps technologies capable of realizing key functionalities, i.e. functionalities that play a vital role for future product development, on a time-scale until the year 2040. The eight key functionalities and hence segments of the radar are: Smart Systems Integration, Security & Privacy, Communication , Human-Machine-Interface, Sensing, Localization, Monitoring & Control, and Data Processing. .

The aim of this session is to connect the Technology Radar to standardization. The session will start with a plenary part, in which Peter Lanctot, Secretary of the MSB, will present the methodology of the study and give insight into the work of the MSB. In the subsequent interactive part delegates will discuss the impact of the technologies on the work of IEC, and will prioritize the technologies in the radar for the two key functionalities Communication and Smart Systems Integration – given that these require cross-disciplinary cooperation and additionally are in the scope of standardization organizations other than IEC. Questions for discussion include: How important are these technologies for standardization? How do they impact the work in the technical committees? What are the challenges? What steps need to be taken to face these challenges?


Peter Lanctot

Secretary Market Strategy Board
IEC – International Electrotechnical Commission

Peter Lanctot is the Secretary of IEC’s Market Strategy Board, the IEC Systems Committee on Smart Energy and the IEC Systems Evaluation Group on Smart Manufacturing. He began his IEC career in 2004 and is located in the IEC North American Regional Center near Boston, Massachusetts. Peter holds an MBA in International Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

Petra Weiler

VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH

Petra Weiler has a degree in technical translation. Her areas of expertise are electrical and mechanical engineering, computer linguistics and technical writing. Since joining VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH in 2009, she has been coordinator of several European research projects in the area of Smart Systems Integration, and has been heavily involved in the office of EPoSS, the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration. In addition she was responsible for several European and international market and trend studies in the area of ICT. From her previous 13-year-appointment at DIN, the German Institute for Standardisation, she has profound knowledge of policy instruments for stimulation of innovation, and of market mechanisms with respect to R&D&I in Germany and Europe. 

Location: Kap Europa

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