5-Day Wireless Communications Engineering Intermediate Fundamentals Review & Current Practices

14-18 May 2012

Instructors: Alan Bensky, Jonathan Levine

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm EDT
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm EDT

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm EDT

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm EDT

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm EDT

Online; System Requirements: PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000 Macintosh®-based attendees Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

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    Course Description


    Covering all of the seven areas tested on the IEEE WCET Certification exam this course provides an overview with breadth and depth in the following seven areas:

    ·         RF Engineering, Propagation and Antennas

    - Antenna Engineering (Topics covered include: Antenna basics and parameters; directivity, gain and effective aperture; antenna polarization and bandwidth; antenna types and diversity; phased arrays, beamforming, and smart antennas, MIMO)

    - Radio Wave Propagation (Including: Line of Sight transmission theory; free space loss with a focus on the Friis Transmission Formula and Link Budget; spectrum and regulatory bodies; propagation environments; and software modeling tools)

    - RF Transmission System & Engineering (The Superheteordyne Receiver; Receiver sensitivity; frequency conversion process; receiver dynamic range; filter and selectivity; receiver phase noise; direct conversion & other receivers; detector & demodulator)

    ·         Wireless Access Technologies

    - Access technology attributes and evolution

    - Mobile cellular standards and technology evolution ; introduction to IEEE Wireless Technologies

    - Satellite communications attributes; other wireless systems; spectrum consideration; trends and the future

    ·         Network and Service Architectures

    - Review of fundamental networking concepts; IP networking fundamentals, including IPv6; mobility management; 802.11-based WLAN network fundamentals; basics of teletraffic analysis

    - Cellular network architectures (Functional requirements; network elements and functions; network protocols; examples of signalling for call delivery, roaming, etc.; packet data services in 2G cellular systems)

    - Towards an all IP-Core Network (Technologies for QoS support and VoIP transport; SIP signalling; cellular network evolution to all-IP core network architectures; IP Multimedia Subsystem; LTE's Evolved Packet Core)

    - Service architectures and alternative architectures (IMS; service creation and architectures, including Parlay/OSA concepts; mesh networks; ad hoc networks; satellite networks)

    ·         Wireless Network Management and Security

    - Network Management: Motivation, Internet protocol suite and SNMP; network management attributes; ITU TMN, FCAPS and Layers; reference architecture and interfaces; business process framework; network management evolution

    - Security: Basic concepts; wireless security; WiFi security; cellular security (GSM, UMTS, LTE)

    ·         Infrastructure and Wireless Communication  

    - Infrastructure: Wireless base station equipment; site development; industry standards

    ·         Agreements, Standards, Policies and Regulations

    ·         Fundamental Knowledge - Wireless Communication concepts and course review / wrap up

    This course does not teach the WCET Certification exam -- but it can help you prepare to sit for the exam or deepen your understanding of current practices in wireless communications. Every time this course is offered the lectures are updated to include the most recent examples going on in the industry.

    Short quizzes and problems are included to help course participants gauge their current understanding and prompt them to ask questions if they require further clarification. Attendees can use the chat function of the Go To webinar platform to ask brief, direct, relevant to the content presented, and close-ended questions. Instructors will review questions and address them at the start of the subsequent lecture to add more insight.

    As it may not be possible to address all questions posed during the course, participants who complete the course and still have questions are asked to join the WCET group on LinkedIn and pose their query there. There are over  members on that group who work in wireless communications and many of whom have earned the IEEE WCP credential.

    All lectures are recorded to address the time zone issue for the worldwide attendance we have for these training events. All course participants are provided with a URL, username and password to access each of the days lectures. This information is shared approximately 24 hours after the live event. The recordings are available online for only seven days after the live event.

    The Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge (WEBOK) is included in the course materials along with a copy of the instructor's PowerPoint slides. The WEBOK is a rich resource that can help you continue your self-study in any particular area you wish to expand your current knowledge base. The references are especially helpful.

    System Requirements:

    For PC-based participants:
    Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
    Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
    Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
    Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM (recommended) (2 GB of RAM for Windows® Vista)

    For Mac®-based participants:
    Safari™ 3.0 or newer, Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
    Mac OS® X 10.4.11 – Tiger® or newer
    PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor (512 MB of RAM or better recommended)
    Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection

    Who Should Attend

    This course is recommended for a broad audience, especially those with an engineering or technology background, or an appreciation of wireless communications engineering and practice. It is particularly suited for persons working in a relatively narrow or specialized aspect of wireless communications, as it aims to provide a comprehensive overview of how different facets of wireless practice fit into the overall design, implementation, and operation of wireless networks. It will help attendees understand current technology and operations and assess prospective future developments in wireless communications. The course can also help candidates seeking certification in wireless communications engineering technology in their preparation for the exam. 


    5-Day Wireless Communications Engineering Intermediate Fundamentals Review & Current Practices

    Alan Bensky

    MScEE, IEEE WCP, Electronics Engineering Consultant

    Alan Bensky is an electronics engineer specializing in wireless communications.  His fields of expertise include design of short-range receivers and transmitters, and compact antennas.  He has worked on wireless location and led the development of three patents on wireless distance measurement.  Alan is the author of two books:  Short-range Wireless Communication, Second Edition, published by Elsevier in 2004, and Wireless Positioning Technologies and Applications, Artech House, 2008.  He is a Senior Member of IEEE and an IEEE Certified Wireless Communication Professional.  Alan has presented training courses for the IEEE Commmunications Society since 2012.

    5-Day Wireless Communications Engineering Intermediate Fundamentals Review & Current Practices

    Jonathan Levine

    Member of Technical Staff, US Cellular, IEEE WCP

    Jonathan Levine currently holds the position of Member of Technical Staff for U.S. Cellular® at the company’s headquarters in Chicago, Il.  In his current role, he is responsible for the evolutionary architecture and functionality of the Radio Access Network (RAN).  This RAN utilizes LTE, EVDO, GSM, and CDMA technologies based on both the 3GPP and 3GPP2 standards groups.  Jonathan has focused efforts on RF planning and technology development at U.S. Cellular®’s headquarters in Chicago for nearly 10 years.  Before that, he served in the USAF as a member of the 264th Combat Communications Squadron from 1999-2005.  His commercial wireless engineering career began in 2005 after completion of his BSEE from Northern Illinois University.  Jonathan also holds a MSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology (2008) and is an IEEE WCP.

    Course Materials

    Each registered student receives a copy of instructor slides and a copy of the Guide to the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge (WEBOK) published by John Wiley & Sons.

    Course Agenda

    Day 1:
    9:00am – 9:15am: Introduction
    9:15am – 10:00am: Fundamentals Review (Alan Bensky)
    10:00am - 11:00am: RF Engineering, Propagation and Antennas
    11:00am – 1:00pm: 2-hour long Break
    1:00pm – 2:55pm: RF Engineering, Propagation and Antennas continued
    2:55 pm – 3:00pm: Closing remarks and reminders for tomorrow's session
    Day 2:
    9:00am – 10:00am: RF Engineering, Propagation and Antennas continued (Alan Bensky)
    10:00am - 11:00am: Wireless Access Technologies
    11:00am – 1:00pm: 2-hour long Break
    1:00pm – 2:55pm: Wireless Access Technologies continued
    2:55pm – 3:00pm: Closing remarks and reminders

    Day 3:
    9:00am – 11:00am: Wireless Access Technologies continued (Alan Bensky)
    11:00am – 1:00pm: 2-hour long Break
    1:00pm – 2:55pm: Network and Service Architecture (Jonathan Levine)
    2:55pm – 3:00pm: Closing comments & reminders

    Day 4:
    9:00am – 11:00am: Network & Service Architecture continued (Jonathan Levine)
    11:00am – 1:00pm: 2-hour long Break
    1:00pm – 2:55pm: Network Management and Security
    2:55pm – 3:00pm: Closing comments and reminders

    Day 5:
    9:00am – 11:00am: Network Management and Security continued (Jonathan Levine)
    11:00am – 1:00pm: 2-hour long Break
    1:00pm – 2:00pm: Facilities Infrastructure
    2:00pm – 2:55pm: Agreements, Standards, and Policies
    2:55pm - 3:00pm: Wrap up comments

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