IEEE Communications Society
Published: 30 Jan 2019
Focus Forward with ComSoc
IEEE ComSoc takes the lead in providing opportunities to learn about new, emerging, and future technologies— always with a focus on advancing communications and networking technology for the betterment of humanity. In 2019, the IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (WCET) Certification continues to advance in its relevance to industry as the exam specifications now include a new area on “Emerging New Paradigms and Services.” This new area of expertise addresses “tasks and knowledge related to ongoing developments in protocols and architectures for emerging new standards in wireless (5G, 802.11) and service requirements and application scenarios.” Those passing the updated exam will now have another set of competencies credited to them for this certification.
For many, attending conferences is a primary way to learn about the latest technologies. In January ComSoc hosted the 2019 Summit on Communications Futures that featured distinguished speakers who examined “the intersection of technologies including optical networking, satellite communications, and artificial intelligence, and future use cases in public safety, cybersecurity, and drones/UAVs” and how those may form what the future of communications could be. The IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) and IEEE Global Communications Conference (IEEE GLOBECOM) are ComSoc’s two flagship conferences that focus on driving innovation across many areas of communications. This year in May, communications technology professionals from around the globe will gather in Shanghai, China, which ranks as “the top tech innovation international hub,” according to a survey by KPMG, at IEEE ICC 2019, for which the theme will be “Empowering Intelligent Communications.” In December, IEEE GLOBECOM 2019 will be in Waikoloa, Hawaii and “Revolutionizing Communications” will be the theme.
Another conference event you may want to add to your calendar for June is the 2019 IEEE Sustainability through ICT Summit in Montreal, Canada. Participants will take a “holistic approach on prospects for technologies, standards and policies for ICT-enabled sustainable development that also takes into consideration the sustainability of ICT resources.”
Besides conferences and events, resources such as publications and online training are excellent ways to stay in the know on your own schedule. IEEE ComSoc magazines and journals can keep you at the forefront of the latest and future technologies. ComSoc Training online courses provide opportunities to learn from experts in real-time on new technologies such as 5G and Visible Light Communications. There are also great on-demand training resources to help you stay current—many of which are available at no cost!
We hope that you continue on this journey with us, and know that ComSoc is here to support you in your role in the development and progress of future communication technologies.
Recertification News: Spring 2014 and Spring 2016 IEEE WCPs: Your Credential Is Now Due for Renewal
A message from Dr. Mohamed M. A. Moustafa, Chair, IEEE WCET Recertification & Accreditation Committee.
IEEE WCP credential holders who originally earned IEEE WCET Certification in Spring 2014 and in Spring 2016, are now required to apply for the recertification to keep their credential active.
If you have earned IEEE WCET Certification, there are some things that you need to consider in order to keep this important credential active. Consider the following to determine when you need to renew your credential:
2015 – the present: Recertification is required after three years.
Before 2015: Recertification is required after five years and once these individuals renew their certificate, they will be on the three-year renewal cycle.
When it is time for you to renew your IEEE WCET Certification, you have two options to recertify:
- Passing the current IEEE WCET certification exam, or
- Showing a minimum number of earned Professional Development Units (PDUs), as appropriate for the length of the current certification.
- 100 PDUs are required for those renewing and required to show five years of professional activities (i.e. WCP credential holders before 2015).
- 60 PDUs for those renewing under the current three-year cycle (i.e. 2015 WCP credential holders and later).
All the certificates issued beginning 1 January 2017 are valid for a three-year period.
5 April 2019: The next date to apply for the IEEE WCET Certification exam, for those who desire to be recertified by taking the current exam.
30 April 2019: The expiry of the IEEE WCET Credentials for the Fall 2015 & Fall 2013 IEEE WCPs (if not yet recertified) … as certificate extension is granted for each group.
30 April 2019: The expiry of the IEEE WCET Credentials for the Spring 2016 & Spring 2014 IEEE WCPs (if not yet recertified).
If you choose to recertify through the path of showing the earned Professional Development Units (PDUs), the Recertification & Accreditation Committee is confident that your experience and your self-development during the last five years/three years will meet the criteria for recertification.
Should you have any difficulty completing the application form, you can send us your up-to-date resume and we can help you fill out the application.
Join your fellow IEEE WCPs who have already recertified and continue to maintain this valuable credential.
Presenting the documents of attending relevant technical sessions, workshops, and/or training activities offered at conferences and other industry events during the last three years gives you up to 15 PDUs out of the 60 PDUs recertification credit, especially if this activity is related to one of the emerging technologies in the field.
Upcoming IEEE ComSoc Training Courses
The early 2019 course schedule is now available and includes course topics on 5G, Optical Communications, LTE, Wi-Fi, Security, IoT, and more. Discounts are available on select courses for early registration or registration for related courses as a “bundle.” View the calendar of upcoming courses now.
Loon’s Balloons Will Fly Over Kenya in First Commercial Telecom Tryout
Featured as part of IEEE Spectrum’s Top Tech in January 2019, it discusses how “floating equipment in the stratosphere prevents the need for extensive infrastructure on the ground.” [IEEE Spectrum]
Europe to harmonize spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band for future 5G services
“The European Commission said member states will be able to access this band for 5G by end-2020.“ [RCR Wireless]
Automation key to SDN deployments—Report
“Driven by the need for automation and lowering capex, SDN usage by carriers continues to march forward, according to a recent IHS Markit survey.” [FierceTelecom]
Exploring wireless IoT applications within industrial automation
The technologies associated with the Internet of Things and machine to machine connectivity are enabling a new wave of wireless networking applications within the industrial automation sector.” [TelecomsTechNews]
Nine Communications Technology Trends for 2019
December’s issue of IEEE CTN “features Yingzhen Qu, Angel Lozano and Alan Gatherer who have put together their annual list of hot topics for the communications industry.” [IEEE ComSoc Technology News]
IoT Predictions for 2019: Less Hype, More Pragmatism
“What’s in store for the Internet of Things market next year? We’re setting out to answer that question between now and the end of the year with an expanding set of IoT predictions.” [IoT World Today]
A new low-latency congestion control for cellular networks
“A recent study has proposed a novel technique that can reduce the congestion issues in the network environment.” [Science Daily]
SpaceX Confident About Its Starlink Constellation for Satellite Internet; Others, Not So Much
“Despite technical glitches, SpaceX plans to launch the first of nearly 12,000 satellites in 2019.” [IEEE Spectrum]