IEC - Whitepaper Safety in the Future

[ Source: International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) ]


Using real-life examples, this white paper addresses safety in the future by exploring current social trends and initiatives as well as projects that are pioneering innovative safety solutions. All of them are based on the concept that safety will be integral to systems in which humans and machines closely interface. The paper also introduces a collaborative framework - the tripartite system for safety - which offers a systematic approach to examining key safety elements. Bringing these safety concepts to fruition will require significant standardization efforts to mitigate challenges related to decision-making involving machines and humans. The white paper formulates recommendations both of a general nature as well as to the IEC community.

The white paper was developed by the IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB) safety in the future project team, directed by Dr Kazuhiko Tsutsumi, IEC Vice-President and MSB Chair, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, with major contributions from the lead project partner, Dr Coen van Gulijk, TNO, the Netherlands.


Date of publication:

9 November 2020



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