EMC Standards Activities

Don Heirman, EMCS VP for Standards, takes a well-deserved break after chairing the EMCS Standards Open House in Istanbul. John Norgard (right) was there to support Don and field questions from the over 50 guests present.

Standards on the Bosporus!

What a day we had in Istanbul, Turkey at our EMC Society Standards Open House on Sunday, May 11, before the start of the IEEE International Symposium on EMC. This was held at the Hilton Hotel held overlooking the Bosporus Sea. Before going into the summary of the workshop, I thought it would be of special interest to note that Istanbul is divided into two parts: the part where the open house and symposium was in Europe, and the other part on the other side of the Bosporus Sea was in Asia. Hence our venue essentially bridged Europe and Asia (both still in Region 8 of the IEEE), a highly unusual aspect of our visit.

In any event, after flying via Frankfurt for over 10 hours and arriving just five minutes from the start of the Open House, Andy Drozd and I were on adrenalin to describe the work of the IEEE Standards Association (SA) as well as our own standards development activity. But much to our surprise, sitting out in the audience was a sold out venue with just under 50 in attendance from all over the world, but primarily Region 8. That indeed kept the adrenalin going. If it were not for the situation in the Far East with embargos on travel there would have been many more present. We want to thank Elya Joffe (who also presented his work on IEEE Standards 473 on site surveys and the Standards Advisory and Coordination Committee) who helped spread the word of this special Open House.

We were especially happy to see attendees from local Turkish institutions. Here is a partial list of the organizations represented. The attendees' varied positions included researchers, professors, consultants, senior engineers, IEC TC officers, etc. and from countries including Mexico, Russia, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Korea, Turkey and the USA.

  • Turkish Standards Institute
  • National Metrology Lab (Russia)
  • Universities (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Hanover (Germany), Rome "La Sapienza", and Cukurova and Bogazic (Turkey))
  • Research Institutes (Electronics and Telecom Research (Korea), ICMET Research (Italy) and TUBITAK (Scientific and Technical Research Council)--UEKAE (National Research Institute of Electronics and Cryptology) of Turkey which had over a dozen present)
  • Corporations (Arcelik, Metatech, Siemens, Pro-Tech, Euro EMC Service, Eskon Enterprises, Elisra LTD)
  • Other organizations, too many to mention

There was even a member of NATO present to cover the military interest. I must note that I am using the sign-in sheet that was handwritten and I apologize in advance if I misspelled any of the above names or did not enter the organization correctly in the partial attendance list above.

Our program was a bit different than what we did in S˜ao Paulo, Brazil last November at our last international Open House. We spent more time on showing a new set of Power Point slides developed for us and placed on a CDROM by John Day, Manager of E-business for the IEEE SA, and his colleagues. This included an overview of the IEEE Standards Association (SA), Standards Process. Don Heirman (Vice President for Standards of the EMCS) went through each step in the process from initiating a standards project to showing the forms to use along the way. By the way, this is included on the SA web site under: http://www.standards.ieee.org/resources/ development/. By clicking on any of the subjects, more details are shown. I urge our readers interested in our standards activity to visit the site, which is an excellent resource to what our work is all about.

John Norgard, EMCS VP for Technical Services, Andy Drozd, EMCS VP for Member Services, and Jose Perini, EMCS Region 9 Membership Coordinator, (from left) relax after attending the EMCS Standards Open House in Istanbul.

Next I presented the SA's Global Portal Network focusing on its features and impact and for our Regions 8 and 10 audience, the two major portals: Standards Asia and Standards Europe. These can be reached by the following URLs: http://www.standardsasia.net and http://www.standardseurope.net. Again, when you have a chance, look up these exciting sites to see what is happening in various standards activity in these regions of the IEEE. Also shown in these portals is the standards community "spotlight" which contains brief interviews/biographies of local IEEE standards users.

After many questions on the process, we passed around business cards for follow-up questions, which we started to get days after the symposium via email.

The next part of the Open House was devoted to a review of the organization of the EMC Society standards committees. Here again, John Day's folks prepared a CDROM on the above Standards Association web sites and also made a copy of our own standards site on http://www.emcs.org. By the way, when you get to the EMCS web site via this URL, click on the "Standards" button on the left hand side of the home page to see what we showed at the Open House. After that introduction to our Society web site, Andy Drozd (chair of the working group on Computational Electromagnetics) was the next presenter who showed an update on his project P1597 on computational electromagnetic computer code validation. There were several questions from the professors who were there from Italy and Germany on the work as well as those who use the codes in their work assignments. Andy handled their questions with aplomb. Next, Elya Joffe (chair of the EM Site Survey working group) presented the progress of his working group on updating our Standards 473 on EM Site Surveys. He explained the inclusion of modern test instrumentation and application to even measurement of biohazard fields. Finally, Bill Radasky (chair of the Intentional EMI working group) discussed our newest standard, project P1642 that is looking at recommended ways to protect public accessible computer systems from intentional EMI. Obviously, this EMI is intended to render these systems unusable. (See Bill's article below on the meeting of TC-5 in Istanbul where P1642 was discussed at length.) Elya and Bill both received many questions and maybe even a few new volunteers to work on these projects. After all, this was one of the main purposes of the Open House and a measure of its success.

The Standards Open House held during the Istanbul Symposium drew a record crowd! Don Heirman speaks to attendees about the IEEE standards process. Elya Joffe, Symposium Chairman, at right later presented the Standards Advisory and Coordination Committee (SACCom) talk which evoked much interest.

I then spoke on behalf of John Kraemer who is the chair of the Standards Education and Training Committee. I showed the list of Newsletter articles published in the past three years and highlighted the special session on Monday afternoon at the IEEE Boston EMC symposium. Elya next rounded out the Standards presentations with a presentation of the work of his Standards Advisory and Coordination Committee. He especially highlighted the openings he has on his committee for representatives from CENELEC, the European electro-technical standards committee, and other international Standards Development organizations with whom we desire to better coordinate.

Again, our thanks go especially to our Region 8 and 10 visitors who came to hear about our EMCS standards work and who listened to other standards updates. Our special thanks go to our host-Elya Joffe-for his help in the local arrangements and publicizing the Open House not only in a special email to those who advanced registered, but to placing the meeting on the Istanbul symposium web site. We have to do this again, maybe the next time in the original venue of Tel Aviv. For more information, please email me on d.heirman@ieee.org. EMC

TC-5 (HPEM Transients) Meeting in Istanbul

by Bill Radasky, Chairman TC-5
Early Wednesday morning on May 14 at 7:00 a.m., approximately 20 individuals turned out for the first meeting of TC-5 held in the city of Istanbul, Turkey. TC-5 deals with the subject of high power EM transients such as ESD, lightning, nuclear EMP and most recently Intentional EMI. Bill Radasky, Chairman of TC-5, organized this meeting to inform the international community of the interesting and expanding work being performed under this committee of the IEEE EMC Society.

The agenda for the meeting was quite full beginning with a discussion of the major tasks of the committee in the past (mainly reviewing papers for presentation at our annual conference; however, this year papers were reviewed for both Istanbul and Boston). The most important part of the meeting was to inform the attendees of the new work of the committee in the area of Intentional EMI (Standards Project 1642-See Don Heirman's article on the Istanbul Standards Open House above). These new efforts included the organization of the invited session on Intentional EMI for the first time at an IEEE EMC Conference in Istanbul (9 papers presented). In addition, a Special EMC Transactions Issue on Intentional EMI is under development and, finally, a new standards working group is beginning work on the topic of protecting publicly accessible computers from the threat of Intentional EMI (the first meeting is planned for Boston).

Bill Radasky solicited interest from the attendees in any and all areas of work and was able to sign up a majority of the attendees to become members of TC-5. He plans several mailings of information to the members to keep them aware of the ongoing work and to solicit their contributions in the future. All in all, this was a highly successful meeting, and thanks must be given to Elya Joffe and John Norgard for making this meeting possible. EMC

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