The Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers has called on engineers to participate in the development of standards in order to address challenges with quality of service.
Members of the institute who participated in the 16th International Conference and Exhibition on Power and Telecommunications on Monday said the deployed telecom and electrical equipment should meet industry standard.
The National Chairman, NIEEE, Kings Adeyemi, noted that participation in standards development was essential for engineers in order to ensure that the engineering industry remained reliable and respond promptly to sector challenges.
According to him, standards reduce the variation in equipment and designs and provide for a longer asset lifecycle.
He explained that new and updated standards would facilitate and expedite the transfer of knowledge as experienced engineers were fast retiring.
Adeyemi noted that new microprocessors, digital and communications were fast revolutionising the industry, hence the need for standards development to keep pace with the large scale sector changes.
The NIEEE chairman said, “The adoption of new technologies is enabling utilities to meet and provide their customers with value added services.
“These technologies may become the defacto standard or create the opportunity for a new standard to be developed.
“Standards by utilities are expediting the interoperability of tools and equipment. The standardisation of new technologies and processes can increase operational efficiency.”
Addressing the topic ‘Prospects of standards in emerging technology’, the Group Head, Electrical Laboratory, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Alewu Achema, called on Nigerian engineers to participate in the development of standards in emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and robotics.