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Published: 9 Apr 2019

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Stay Current on Latest Technology Trends

As an engineer, you already know how quickly technology advances and thus it is essential for your career growth to stay up to date on the most recent developments.  As a communications engineer it is even more critical for you to stay updated.  Communication engineers play a critical role in many of the technological innovations that are happening in the areas of blockchain, automation, connected vehicles, 5G, Internet of Things, and data security as noted in the Forbes December 2018 article, “Top Tech Trends In 2019: 11 Experts Detail What You Need To Watch” and the Interesting Engineering article, “Engineering Technology Trends to Watch in 2019” from January 2019.

Consider these resources as important aspects to include in your strategy to stay up to date on the latest technology trends:

Social media – Follow key influencers in your industry, this can be individuals or organizations.  IEEE Spectrum, IEEE Collabratec, and IEEE Communications Society social media sites are all great ways to stay up to date.

Blogs / Online Newsletters – Subscribe to these online publications for a quick way to stay up to date.  Check out the monthly ComSoc Technology News which is freely available and publishes interesting, timely, and newsworthy articles that span a wide range of topics related to the communications technology industry.  Also the many technical committees and new initiatives have blogs dedicated to technologies that you can subscribe to.  See the ComSoc Technical Activities page for more details on a variety of technologies.

Training – From shorter webinars to longer continuing education courses, there is a plentitude of options available to you to meet your professional development needs and to keep current on the latest technology advancement.  ComSoc Webinars, ComSoc Webcasts, and ComSoc Free Tutorials Now are all great resources available at no charge in which you can access information on communication technologies, latest trends, and conference quality presentations.  The ComSoc Training Program is an excellent resource that brings you opportunities to learn about fundamental topics to emerging technologies in a live, online environment with instruction from top experts in the industry.

Google Alerts – This is a free and easy way to track technology terms and keep alerted to the latest trends in those technologies.  Check out these Google Support instructions to get started.

Publications –  A tried and true resource, publications continue to be a great way to stay up to date and read about the latest industry advancements.  IEEE Spectrum and IEEE Communications Magazine are both award-winning publications that come with your IEEE and ComSoc membership and are great ways to learn about current issues and advances in key technologies.

Conferences – As mentioned in the last issue of IEEE WCP News, conferences continue to be a primary way to learn about the latest technologies.  Find the conference that is right for you with the IEEE ComSoc conference search tool.

As you can see there are many options available to stay current in your field.  IEEE WCET Certification is a great way to demonstrate that you continue to have the knowledge and skills to be competitive in the wireless industry.  The latest WCET exam topic additions address emerging new paradigms and services in wireless communications so that you can show that you are at the forefront of the industry.

Just created!  Want to connect with other IEEE WCPs or share your experiences with others preparing for the IEEE WCET Certification exam?  Join the new IEEE WCET Certification Group on IEEE Collabratec.

IEEE WCET Certification Program: Recent Development in Technical Areas of Expertise

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

A recent development to the IEEE Wireless Communications Engineering Technologies (WCET) Certification Program technical areas of expertise (major areas of expertise) that affects your IEEE Wireless Communications Professional (WCP) recertification has been made.

In order to be able to follow the rapid development in the wireless communications domain, the areas “Area 5-Facilities Infrastructure” and “Area 6 - Agreements, Standards, Policies, and Regulations” are merged together to be “Area 5 - Facilities Infrastructure, Standards and Regulations”.  This allowed us to introduce a new area “Area 6 - Emerging New Paradigms and Services” that covers new radio standards and architectures, new protocols and application scenarios and recent evolutions in wireless systems.

Please, refer to Appendix A on page 26 of the 2019 IEEE WCET Candidate’s Handbook for full details on these changes.

Important Dates:

01 Jan. 2019 - 31 Dec. 2019: This is a transition period, to give you a chance to better prepare for these new technical areas.  For this year, applications for recertification using PDUs will be accepted using the new technical areas of expertise specified in this year’s handbook or as were stated in the 2018 IEEE WCET Candidate’s Handbook.

01 Jan. 2020: From this date forward, all applications for IEEE WCET recertification through showing the earned PDUs (Professional Development Units) will be according to the newly released technical areas of expertise as are currently specified in the 2019 IEEE WCET Candidate’s Handbook

Details on recertification can always be found in the “Recertification” section of the current edition of the IEEE WCET Candidate’s Handbook.

Join your fellow IEEE WCPs who have already recertified and continue to maintain this valuable credential.

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.

Industry News

Teeny-Tiny Bluetooth Transmitter Runs on Less Than 1 Milliwatt
“Bluetooth Low Energy data packets can now be sent by millimeter-size IoT motes” [IEEE Spectrum]

FCC Moves to Open Spectrum Above 95GHz for New Technologies
“The FCC voted to adopt new rules related to the spectrum above 95GHz that will encourage the development of new technologies and may lead to 6G.”  [Fierce Wireless]

GSMA: 5G Set to Account for 15% of All Mobile Connections by 2025
“The 2019 global edition of the GSMA's Mobile Economy report series” provides insights into 5G and IoT trends. [Telecoms Tech]

 At Age 30, World Wide Web is ‘Not the Web We Wanted’
“Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, discusses how the internet can be improved in regard to privacy, affordability and the public good.” [Wireless Week]

4 Questions Mobile Operators Must Ask Before Deploying IoT Edge
“An increasing number of mobile network operators are interested in the Internet of Things edge to develop new services. They are being driven by the need to improve efficiency, lower costs and make operations more predictable, while enhancing the security and privacy of their networks.”  [Wireless Week]

Less than 1% Users Ready to Switch to 5G Would Be Able to Do So – Report
“According to a recent Deloitte consumer research, 5.8 million UK mobile users are happy to move to 5G networks but only 50,000 5G phones will hit the market.”  [Telecoms.com]

Nanosatellites Could be the Answer to Mobile Not-Spots
“Start-up UbiquitiLink reckons it’s cracked the challenge of affordable satellite connectivity to regular handsets through the use of nanosatellites.  The company is producing and launching a large number of nanosatellites to fill cellular coverage gaps.” [Telecoms.com]

Breakthrough Research Using Quantum Cryptography Addresses Security in 5G Networks
“The High Performance Networks Research Group at Bristol University has conducted research that demonstrates a groundbreaking solution for securing future critical communication infrastructures, including 5G.” [Phys.org]

Squeezing More Data Through Less Fiber

“Fiber-optic engineers have set a new record for data-transmission efficiency in an experiment on a submarine cable with the highest data capacity of any yet in operation.“ [IEEE Spectrum]

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