|Standards Happenings in Germany!
In May, the EMC Society Board of Directors accepted the kind
invitation of Professor Heyno Garbe of the University of Hannover
to hold its Board series of meetings in Hannover, Germany.
Part of that week’s activities were two special EMCS
standards events arranged by Professor Garbe. The first was
a workshop presented at the University on the IEEE standardization
process and the second was a meeting of the Society’s
Standards Development Committee (SDCom).
Because of the special efforts of Professor Garbe, your editor
asked if he would contribute to the Standards Activity column
in our Newsletter. He graciously accepted. What follows is
his report on both the workshop presented by your editor and
the SDCom meeting chaired by Stephen Berger.
|The attendees at the special Standards
Workshop held at the University of Hannover in Germany.
|Don Heirman, President of the IEEE
Standards Association and EMC Society for Standards, lectures
at the Standards Workshop held in Germany.
Report on the Workshop: IEEE Standards Association and Standards
By Heyno Garbe, University of Hannover, Germany
On May 16, 2006 the Board of Directors of the IEEE EMC Society
held a meeting in Hannover, Germany. The Board of Directors wanted
to show that they take the globalization process in the IEEE seriously
and scheduled for the first time such a Board of Directors meeting
in Germany. Three goals were formulated for this meeting: First
to get in personal con-tact with the members of the German chapter,
second to demonstrate the workings of the Board of Directors and,
third, to get information about the typical situation of a chapter
outside the US.
It is well known that many prominent persons are members of the
Board of Directors. One of them is Don Heirman, a leading person
in the international standardization community. In addition, he
is the Vice President for Standards of the EMC Society, President
of the IEEE Standards Association (SA), chairman of the SA Board
of Governors, Chair of Subcommittee A of the IEC/CISPR, member
of the IEC’s Advisory Committee on EMC (ACEC) and the Technical
Management Committee of the US National Committee of the IEC.
As he was in Germany for the Board of Directors meeting, he offered
to the local host of the Board of Directors meeting, Heyno Garbe,
to give a workshop on the standardization process in the IEEE
and its relationship to international activities.
Heyno was very happy about this kind offer and organized this
workshop at the University of Hannover. On May 16, people attended
from different groups such as the IEEE German EMC Chapter, IEEE
Student Branch, faculty of the electrical engineering department
as well as others who are involved in the national standardization
Don’s intention was to show the general process of standardization
development in the IEEE and the special links to the IEC. This
was a good fit to the expectations of the audience. First, he
showed how the Standards Association (SA) fits in the overall
IEEE structure and what the special tasks are. It was very interesting
to see the wide spectrum of the SA activities. These cover the
group of reference standards, safety standards, emerging technologies
and others. The presented theoretical structure was explained
with different examples from reality.
Being that this meeting was outside the US, Don set an important
point on the topic of international cooperation. He explained
the cooperation of the IEEE SA with the International Telecommunication
Union (ITU), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
and International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It was
very important for the audito-rium to see how the IEEE standards
affect the standardization process on the international level.
Last, but not least, Don Heirman explained the standard development
process within the SA. He strongly encouraged the auditorium to
take part in it. The SA needs the help of volunteers, who bring
in their special knowledge of the actual subject. Every-one has
the chance to influence the standards in a democratic way. There
is no excuse for a bad standard. Everyone has the chance to drive
the development process in the right direction.
Sometimes people say that dealing with standards is boring and
a waste of time. They never attended a presentation from Don Heirman!
After the workshop, all commented that he provided a lot of new
and helpful information. As an example, Professor Jobmann stated
after the workshop, “I’m working on mobile communication
and have to deal with a lot of IEEE standards in this field. Now,
I have the personal contacts to get information from the source.”
|Signage for the Standards Workshop
was clearly posted on campus at the University of Hannover.
Report on the SDCom Meeting
(Augmented by the editor who attended the full SDCom meeting)
After the standards workshop described above, the attendees were
invited to join the meeting of the IEEE EMC Standards Development
Committee (SDCom). This provided a very good experience to the
see the working of the structure learned in the workshop before.
There were the usual meeting discussions continuing the focus
on such topics as software defined (cognitive) radio and related
standards activity in the committee and with other liaisons being
established. One of the attendees from Germany requested that
the SDCom review the work his organization was doing on EMC activity
in the chemical industry. This again was a fresh idea that piqued
the interest of the SDCom members present.
Not to go hungry, sandwiches were served for the attendees of
the workshop as well as the SDCom meeting. Since the meetings
were on two different floors of the building, we are sure that
some had a chance to get a second sandwich. But who was counting
as in any case it was a nice touch for all those that turned out
for these events.
This report must end with a very big “Thank You” to
Don Heirman. It was very nice to have him in Germany and to establish
personal contact to “Mr. IEEE Standards.”
Editors Note: The editor wants to add his personal thanks to Professor
Garbe for arranging the workshop and for encouraging so many to
attend, including students that are, after all, the next “life
blood” of our Society and our standards work. He was a most
gracious host in even transporting me to the University, which
if I had to do it on my own, I might still be searching for the