Annual Report 2017
SESKO’s Annual Report 2017 presents the main points of the electrotechnical standardization activities in Finland. Publishing the widely used standard series and handbook concerning low voltage electrical installations had a significantly positive effect in SESKO’s economy during 2017. Over the year SESKO kept following international development of technology closely, like the area of IoT (Internet of Things), among others.
Managing Director's Review
Economy in order
The year 2017 was excellent regarding the economy for SESKO. The most significant factor, which affected the good financial result, was publishing the standard series and handbook concerning low voltage electrical installations at the end of the year. This standard series is one of the most used publications in Finland, and is a requirement for electrical safety degrees, amongst other things. The standard series is revised every five years, which directly affects SESKO’s earnings at the same frequency. Cutting costs over several years has also affected SESKO’s positive economic situation. The general social boom contributes to the standardization experts participating more actively.
SESKO follows international development actively
The fast development of technology revolutionizes our surrounding world rapidly. Development changes the way of acting on land, sea and air. People’s everyday lives change during their spare time as well as at work. New technologies, digitalisation, robotisation and globalisation also guide the content of standards and development of the standardization processes faster and stronger than ever before. The way of drafting standards and their practices are going through a change. Last year IEC published reports from a new technology area titled White Paper and eTech magazine articles about the future, which SESKO utilised in their communications. In a rapidly changing world the IEC international standards and conformity assessment systems are significant elements in ensuring the quality of products and services, compatibility, soundness, security, performance and information security. The demand for faster implementation of standards sets a significant challenge for the standardization processes. Standardization has a remarkably central role in creating a common language and architecture of reference for different technologies and interest groups in addition to acting as an unparalleled data bank. Innovative technologies challenge both new and prior existing standards, and the ways of presenting, using and revising them.
IoT is everywhere
IoT connects complex virtual networks and information technology. A countless number of telecommunication, network technology, identification and security appliance sensors interconnect devices and systems together already, but even more in the future. They gather enormous amounts of data, which can be analysed to create new products and services. SESKO responded to the IoT challenges and founded a national mirror committee in 2017 for the international IEC and ISO JTC1 subcommittee SC 41 Internet of Things and related technologies. The mirror committee raised great interest from the start and many experts joined as members. The IEC has the international responsibility for the IoT committee, which means that in Finland SESKO has the responsibility as the IEC national committee.
Smoothly towards an efficient future
SESKO continues to provide users excellent standards comparable to the originals and, when necessary, standards that account for Finnish circumstances. In the future SESKO will continue to be a fast, up-to-date source of information for electrotechnical standardization and keeps providing an efficient channel to participate at the worldwide level. SESKO recognizes its customers’ needs and offers professional service to users participating in standardization and to people using standards. The main focus is to advance the utilisation, usability and recognition of standards.