Where Life Meets Standards

You've likely interacted with technology based upon dozens of standards without even knowing it. And that’s a good thing; in all aspects of our lives, standards act as the support behind the scenes, helping enable new and emerging technologies to function safely, securely, and sustainably.

What are Standards — and where are they?

A foundational framework for technology development, standards make your life easier. From device to device, network to network, across borders, and around the world, almost all products, services, and technologies in use today are developed, connected, or enabled in some way by standards.

Simply put, standards are documents that establish an agreed way of doing something. From accepted best practices to technical specifications or requirements, standardsdeveloped by volunteershelp ensure a common approach and repeatable outcome in design and development. 

Because standards form the fundamental building blocks for product development, they establish consistent protocols that can be understood, adopted, and improved upon. This means that the Bluetooth speaker you used this morning will pair with the cell phone in your hand, and then pick up the playlist where you left off once you’re in your electronic vehicle: seamless, dependable, and compatible.

Interactive Cityscape

Interactive Cityscape

From the internet to the smart grid, and health care to transportation, technology standards set the framework to keep technology innovating. Explore new and emerging technologies and learn about some of the many IEEE Standards that help create efficient, sustainable, and smart communities in our everyday lives.

Interactive Soccer Stadium

Interactive Soccer Stadium

High-tech amenities, enhanced digital experiences, and a multitude of accuracy and sustainability systems–it’s all part of the smart stadium that is redefining how we watch (and play) sports.

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Standards on Vacation

If it’s a luxury cruise, a road trip to admire foliage, or a staycation in your own backyard, you’ll encounter and use technology built upon hundreds of IEEE Standards that help things go more smoothly, keep you safer and more connected, and even take your experience to the next level.


Standards in Healthcare

Personal health devices can play an active role in individual patient outcomes as well as worldwide progress in reducing health disparity, but the data collected needs to work with other devices, apps, and platforms. Standards can help provide the framework for digital health technology to function as intended.

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