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September 2015 - Volume 7, Issue 3

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In this issue:

  • Invest in Your Career with IEEE WCET Certification in 2015
  • 2010 & 2011 IEEE WCPs: Now Is The Time To Recertify
  • Continuous Improvement:  ComSoc Training
  • Don’t Miss These Upcoming ComSoc Conferences
  • ComSoc Free Tutorials Now
  • Industry News

INVEST IN YOUR CAREER WITH IEEE WCET CERTIFICATION IN 2015

In the ever-evolving field of wireless communications it's always a good time to inventory your career goals and start taking the steps to further invest in your career. Monster, a top employment resource website, identifies six main ways you can invest in your career. Two of the six ways cited are: “Become Certified” and “Raise Your Professional Profile.”  A technical unit of the IEEE, the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) supports the careers of wireless professionals through publications and conferences, in addition to its professional membership and certification program.  

Certification has consistently been reported by employers as way to identify high quality candidates for open positions.  In the article, 9 great advantages of technical certifications, Tom Woodring, the co-founder of Boss CBT, shares the reasons why he and many other managers give more weight to job candidates with professional certification.  “First, because having the certification gave me some level of comfort that they knew the technology. Second, and quite frankly more important than the first, was that they cared enough about their profession and future career growth that they were willing to spend the time, money, and effort to maximize their professional knowledge, skill, and marketability.”  ComSoc WCET credential holders agree with Woodring's logic.

Deepak Nadig, of SOLUTT Corporation in Bangalore shared his sentiments about why IEEE WCET Certification is important to him. "One of the primary reasons why I pursued the exam was for personal satisfaction. I wanted to demonstrate my commitment to wireless engineering and WCET has helped in more ways than I can imagine. It has also created a clear differentiator for me professionally and has helped me become a well-rounded wireless professional." Jonathan Levine who recently recertified to keep his WCP credential active for another five years, shared similar insights: “I respect and value the certification.  I think it is an excellent gauge of my knowledge in the industry and provides incentive to maintain a current knowledge base as technology evolves. Like education, certifications are earned and if maintained with integrity, they remain with you regardless of your professional status.  A certification like this is inclusive for its members and separates one from the rest.”

Not only does IEEE WCET Certification demonstrate your commitment to the profession, it shows employers that you have a breadth of experience and knowledge across the expansive field of wireless communication; another highly sought after quality by employers.  In a recent article by RCRWireless News, “cross-platform telecom systems skills” was one of the top 9 telecom engineer skills in demand by employers.  The IEEE WCET Certification exam covers seven key areas in wireless that practitioners working in the field should be proficient in which includes: RF Engineering, Propagation, and Antennas; Wireless Access Technologies; Network and Service Architecture; Network Management and Security; Facilities Infrastructure; Agreements, Standards, Policies, and Regulations; and Fundamental Knowledge.

Don’t let 2015 end without further investment in your career.  Applications are now being accepted through 11 September 2015 for the next IEEE WCET Certification testing window, which runs from 27 September through 24 October 2015.  Thousands of testing center locations are available around the world and can conveniently be found nearest to your location.   

In addition, for a short time ComSoc Training is offering a special 4-Day Intensive Wireless Training Course with IEEE WCET Certification Exam Seat package that’s only available now through 11 September.  This course will be offered in real-time online on 15-18 September, and it’s a great way to get a comprehensive overview of how different facets of wireless practice fit into the overall design, implementation, and operation of wireless networks. It will also help you to understand current technology and operations and assess prospective future developments in wireless communications.  Included in the course and exam package is access to the WCET Practice Exam, which many certification candidates have found to be a valuable resource in gauging how prepared they are for the exam as well as to gain an understanding of areas in which they may need to refresh their knowledge.

Group certification and training course packages are available for employers who want to support their employees' professional development through their pursuit of IEEE WCET® Certification. Contact us for more information.

2010 & 2011 IEEE WCPS: NOW IS THE TIME TO RECERTIFY

A message from Dr. Mohamed M.A. Moustafa, Chair, IEEE WCET Recertification & Accreditation Committee

Keeping your certification active through recertification, demonstrates that you’re still up-to-date with the state-of-the-art of a rapidly changing field.

IEEE Wireless Communication Professionals (WCPs) who passed the WCET certification exam in 2010 need to recertify by October 31, 2015 to ensure that their WCP credential is active for the next five years.  WCPs who passed the certification exam in 2011, should begin to prepare to recertify now. 

There are two options available to recertify: 1.) pass the current exam, or 2.) provide details of activities that are equivalent to a minimum of 100 Professional Development Units (PDUs), where as such activities are aligned under contributions to the profession and/or personal professional development.

If you have any difficulty completing the application form,  send us your up-to-date resume for assistance. 

Learn more about recertification.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT: COMSOC TRAINING

ComSoc Training is always striving to not only serve the current needs of wireless professionals but to also give them an edge as new technologies develop.  To that end, ComSoc Training is excited to announce that more new courses are now in development and will be available in the coming months on topics including: wireless for the Internet of Things, an introduction to WiFi, high throughput satellites, and big data

With ComSoc Training you can always expect to receive the most up to date information delivered by industry experts. Most courses are offered online via WebEx.  Course participants benefit from direct access to the instructor to ask their questions in real time. IEEE Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are included with the courses, helping professionals to maintain their licensure and meet on-the-job continuing education requirements.

The ComSoc Training calendar is continuously updated with ongoing course offerings.  Join us on 15-18 September for the Intensive Wireless Communications Course instructed by industry expert, Alan Bensky.  This course is also available as a package with a seat for the next WCET Certification exam that includes access to one WCET Practice Exam and a copy of the book, Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge (WEBOK).  This combination package is a great way to review the key technologies that are addressed in the exam.  Note that the course does not specifically teach the WCET exam.

DON’T MISS THESE UPCOMING COMSOC CONFERENCES

IEEE CloudNet, 5-7 October 2015, Niagara Falls, Canada

Devoted to the "networking" aspects of Cloud Computing, this conference covers a variety of topics including data and networking management, and cloud traffic engineering.

IEEE LATINCOM, 2015, 4-6 November 2015, Arequipa, Peru

This event will focus on networking, communication services, optical networks, communication QoS, reliability and performance modeling, wireless communications and networking, sustainable communications and energy efficiency, communications systems and signal processing, as well as enabling technologies. 

IEEE Online GreenComm 2015, 10-12 November 2015, Online

IEEE Online GreenComm addresses the challenges in energy-efficient communications and communications for green technologies.  This exclusively online conference covers a wide spectrum of research subjects, including green methodologies and architectures for communication technologies, communication technologies as enablers for green solutions, energy efficiency in Smart Grid communications, and energy management.

IEEE GLOBECOM, 6-10 December 2015, San Diego, CA, USA

One of two flagship conferences of ComSoc, GLOBECOM attracts about 3000 submitted scientific papers and dozens of proposals for industry events.  This year ComSoc Training will be offering a new 2-day course on Big Data on 5-6 December in addition to a 3-Day Intensive Wireless Communications course with industry expert, Lee Vishloff, on 7-9 December.

COMSOC FREE TUTORIALS NOW

IEEE ComSoc Free Tutorials Now presents a collection of recent tutorials given at Communications Society sponsored conferences and from additional presenters.   Each tutorial reviews currents communications topics in network management and computer and wireless communications.  Check out the current offerings from the program:

INDUSTRY NEWS

New Technology Could Fundamentally Change Future Wireless Communications

“A pioneering team of researchers from the University of Bristol's Communication Systems and Networks research group, have developed a new technique that can estimate and cancel out the interference from one's own transmission, allowing a radio device to transmit and receive on the same channel at the same time. This therefore requires only one channel for two-way communication, using half as much spectrum compared to the current technology.”  [Phys.org]

DHS S&T Licenses Groundbreaking Communications Technology

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has “licensed the Radio Internet-Protocol Communications Module (RIC-M) to two commercial partners: Christine Wireless, Inc. and Avtec Inc.

This new interoperability solution developed by the First Responders Group (FRG) allows response agencies to easily upgrade and reconfigure legacy communications systems at a low cost, potentially extending the life of the technology for decades.”

[Wireless Design Online]

F.C.C. Votes to Limit Discounts in Airwaves Auction

In July 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission approved new rules to prevent large businesses from gaining access to small-business discounts in a much-anticipated auction of airwaves expected early next year. [The New York Times}

5G Service Revenues Forecast to Exceed $65Bn Globally by 2025, Contributing 7% of Operator Revenues

With large projected revenue potential, how can you prepare?  What are the key requisites for network, latency, spectral efficiency, energy consumption and battery life?  Learn about these and other key findings from a recent Juniper Research study on 5G services.  [Cellular News]

Smart cities need a holistic approach using intelligent platforms

The Internet of Things “will be central to this shift from a vertical to horizontal approach, based around a new generation of powerful, unified Smart City Platforms, capable of managing different technologies and devices and supporting a wide range of applications and services, said Beecham Research.” [Wireless]

Google Project Fi: Little Things Mean Big Changes In Mobile Services; For The Better

“Fi is just another MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) that combines Sprint and T-Mobile LTE networks into a hybrid that automatically uses the best available signal. But Fi takes the concept one step further by incorporating WiFi calling, what carriers term voice over WiFi (VoWiFi). In areas with no or very weak cell coverage, but strong WiFi signals the phone automatically switches over.“ [Forbes]

Samsung Gets Into Mobile Payments

“Samsung is getting in on the mobile payments game with a new service coming this summer.  The South Korean company had been widely expected to make the move into mobile payments.  The Samsung service can use near field communications (NFC) to allow phones to tap a reader for payments. NFC chips are in the last few generations of Samsung smartphones.  Samsung, however, will also implement another payment method that should allow its latest devices -- like the Samsung S6 -- to make payments at many more point-of-sale terminals than before.”  [Light Reading]

Cambridge firm designs smallest wireless IoT module

Amiho Technology has designed one of the industry’s smallest wireless modules for connecting smart meters and internet of things (IoT) devices. [Electronics Weekly]

Verizon has quietly stopped throttling unlimited 3G data

"Beginning in 2011," it reads, "to optimize our network, we managed data connection speeds for a small subset of customers — those who are in the top 5% of data users and have 3G devices on unlimited data plans — and only in places and at times when the network was experiencing high demand. We discontinued this practice in June, 2015." [The Washington Post]

Wi-Fi Wrap: Wi-Fi rises in Cuba; cars open to Wi-Fi attack

“NBC reports that the 35 Wi-Fi hot spots recently installed by the Cuban government have been very well received by residents of the Communist nation, which has been left behind in the technological revolution due to restrictive trade and economic policies. Security researcher Samy Kamkar, after successfully using Wi-Fi to track, unlock and remotely start OnStar equipped vehicles, has now demonstrated an iOS-based attack targeted BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler vehicles, according to Ars Technica.  Kamkar’s OwnStar can steal login credentials of a vehicle using a phone app, then the app can be used to unlock, lock or start the vehicle.”  [RCR Wireless]

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June 2015 - Volume 7, Issue 2

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In this issue:

  • Applications now being accepted for last IEEE WCET Certification Testing Window in 2015
  • Recertification due for WCPs who earned certification in 2010
  • New Courses Offered through ComSoc Training
  • Industry News

Applications Now Being Accepted For Last IEEE WCET Certification Testing Window In 2015
Are you ready to give your career a boost?  Are you prepared to take advantage of new opportunities as they arise in various engineering fields in the wireless industry?  Demonstrate your knowledge of wireless communication technologies to employers and peers by earning your IEEE WCET Certification.  Your last chance to sit for the WCET Certification Exam in 2015 is approaching.  Don’t miss out.  Apply for the exam now.  With over 200 Pearson Professional Centers throughout the United States, US territories and Canada as well as approximately 5,000 test centers in 180 countries worldwide it’s even easier to find a testing center close to you.   

Applications are now being accepted through 11 September 2015.  Submit your application to take the exam, and then schedule your appointment to take the exam during the testing window that’s open from 27 September to 24 October 2015.

Group certification packages are available for employers who want to support their employees' professional development through their pursuit of IEEE WCET® certification. Contact us for more information about group certification packages.

WCPs Who Earned Certification In 2010 -  Don’t Let Your Certification Expire!
For IEEE Wireless Communication Professionals (WCPs) who passed the WCET Certification Exam in Spring 2010, your certification is now due for renewal.  For those who passed the certification exam in Fall 2010, you should begin planning your recertification now .  IEEE WCPs have two options for recertification: passing the current exam, or earning a minimum of 100 Professional Development Units through contributions to the profession and/or personal professional development. Learn more about recertification.

More New Courses Added to ComSoc Training Calendar
IEEE ComSoc Training continues to add to its online course offerings with several new courses coming soon.   The first of these new offerings is the two-day course, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization” on 17-18 June 2015 instructed by industry expert and Lead Member of Technical Staff (LMTS) within Chief Security Organization at AT&T, Ashutosh Dutta. Two additional new course offerings follow that two-day course, with the new one-day course, “Network Function Virtualization and Software-Defined Networking“ offered on 30 June and the new half-day course, Wireless Evolution of the Overall Network Architecture taking place on 22 July.

In August the popular, “Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Essentials” full day course will be offered on 5 August.  The half-day course, “Fundamentals of 4G Small Cell Deployments” is scheduled for 12 August. 

Finally, in September the special four-day Intensive Wireless Communications course will be offered on 15-18 September.  You can purchase a seat in this course or purchase the combination package that includes a seat to take the WCET Exam in the last testing period of 2015 plus access to the IEEE WCET Practice Exam.  This multi-day course provides a great way to review topics in preparation for the WCET Exam.  

View the full schedule of ComSoc Training courses and register today to save your seat in these upcoming courses.

Industry News

New technology could fundamentally change future wireless communicationsA pioneering team of researchers from the University of Bristol's Communication Systems and Networks research group, have developed a new technique that can estimate and cancel out the interference from one's own transmission, allowing a radio device to transmit and receive on the same channel at the same time. This therefore requires only one channel for two-way communication, using half as much spectrum compared to the current technology.”  (Phys.org)

Dish Network Joins Deal Mania With Bid for T-Mobile
What would a potential “megadeal” between Dish Network and T-Mobile mean to the industry?  “Media companies are facing steep challenges to keep pace with a generation of consumers who want to pay for programming they want to watch, and want to control when and how they watch it.”  Is this deal a necessary step to keep pace with ongoing changes in consumer demand?  (The New York Times)

Moving to ‘zero touch’ labs for testing NFV
“Software-defined networking and network function virtualization are gaining considerable momentum in the telecom space and bring with them new challenges for benchmarking, testing and monitoring virtual systems instead of proprietary hardware. ‘Proactive and reactive performance monitoring, identification of failures, isolation of any faulty network functions and corrective action are as important in virtual environments as they are in physical environments. But they are also more challenging,’ Spirent noted in a white paper on testing methodologies for NFV.” (RCR Wireless News)

Counting People with Wi-Fi
“Researchers in UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi's lab are proving that wireless signals can do more than provide Internet access. They have demonstrated that a WiFi signal can be used to count the number of people in a given space, leading to diverse applications, from energy efficiency to search and rescue.” (Cellular News)

AT&T Touts Its First Virtualized Functions
“AT&T has been public with its bold proclamation that it will virtualize and software-control 75% of its network by 2020, transforming a total of 200 network functions. And, according to the man helping to lead the charge, it's well on the way to virtualizing the first 5% this year alone.” (Light Reading)

Latest Offerings from IEEE ComSoc Free Tutorials Now Program
Available for a limited time, access these tutorials through the ComSoc Free Tutorials Now Program:  LTE-A Radio Network Planning Challenges & Opportunities; How to Efficiently Implement Flexible and Full-Featured Digital Radio Solutions Using All Programmable SoCs; Why NETCONF and YANG; and Technical Introduction to ConfD.

RCR Wireless Webinar: Strategies for effective Wi-Fi offloading
“This webinar will look at carrier-grade Wi-Fi and at ways that operators are integrating Wi-Fi into their service offerings.”

Blending Wi-Fi and Cellular Together - a Unified Wireless Network Delivering Enhanced User Experience“LTE-Unlicensed/Licensed Assisted Access initiatives enable greater capacity while ensuring fair usage of unlicensed spectrum -- yet WiFi and LTE remain siloed technologies. By blending WiFi and cellular together; breaking down the silos yields increased download (up to 2.5x) and upload (up to 55x) rates, greater range (~2x) and a differentiated end-user experience across today's existing mobile devices and today's existing WiFi and cellular access points.”

 

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