The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1906 with the aim to develop standards for electrical, electronic, and related technologies.
The IEC's work relates to standard-setting in the area of information and communications technology (ICT), also underpinning the Internet; examples include standards related to: low-voltage equipment, integrated circuits, cables, navigation systems, and electro-magnetic spectrum issues. The Commission also develops ICT standards for business and consumer applications, covering aspects such as: storage, data transfer and security, standardisation related to software systems, and some aspects of cryptography, biometrics, etc. The work of one of its groups is focused on standards related to multimedia e-publishing and e-book systems.
In addition to the development of standards, the organisation also publishes recommendations, in the form of white papers. Internet of Things and smart cities are two issues that have been tackled in such white papers.