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January 2014 - Volume 6, Issue 1

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In this issue:

  • Why Getting Certified in 2014 Matters
  • Understand Wireless Positioning and Location Technologies: New Course
  • ComSoc Training Offers Intensive Course in Combined Package with IEEE Spring 2014 WCET Exam
  • Reminder: Applications Due 28 February for WCET Certification Exam
  • Who Will You Be Meeting in 2014? Upcoming Conferences
  • 2013 Salary Survey: Encouraging, But Gaps in Some Areas
  • Industry News


Why Getting Certified in 2014 Matters

The following is excerpted from "Which Tech Jobs Will Win, Which Will Lose in 2014"
Mobile App Developers and Device Managers
Last year, Foote predicted that mobile app developers, wireless engineers and wireless security professionals would be in demand. His prediction turned out to be accurate. As a group, certified and non-certified wireless skills gained 6 percent in market value over the past three months and 17.7% in value in the past 9 months, according to the firm’s survey. Foote doesn’t foresee a drop in demand from the emergence of hybrid phones and mini tablets. “Demand for mobile developers would have ebbed in 2014 if not for these new devices,” he says.

Understand Wireless Positioning and LocationTechnologies: New Course

A brand new one day course will be taught for the first time by Alan Bensky on 12 February. This course will give you a firm introduction to the how and the why of wireless positioning. In it, you will learn about the E911 emergency calling rules and compliance methods, the fundamentals of GPS and other satellite navigation systems, time of arrival and time difference of arrival techniques, signal strength methods and angle of arrival location. In addition to cellular, the course discusses positioning issues within important short-range network environments and implementations, including WLAN (Wi-Fi), WPAN, and UWB. It will also attempt to predict the directions that positioning and location technologies will be going to in the future.

ComSoc Training Offers Intensive Course in Combined Package with IEEE Spring 2014 WCET Exam

IEEE ComSoc is currently offering a combination package providing seats to its Intensive Wireless Communications Course and the Spring 2014 IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (IEEE WCET®) Certification Exam. The Spring 2014 testing window will be open from 17 March – 12 April and applications must be submitted by 28 February.

The five day course taught online via WebEx will be held Monday, 27 January – Friday, 31 January 2014 and Monday, 17 March – Friday, 21 March 2014. The course can either be attended independently as a method for learning about the latest wireless industry topics, trends and challenges or purchased jointly with the IEEE WCET Exam and used as a method for gaining a better understanding of the certification program’s key testing areas. In addition to discounted rates for both the tutorial and exam, professionals purchasing the combined package also receive a free online IEEE WCET practice exam consisting of 75 questions designed to help individuals gauge their preparedness for the official exam.

REMINDER: Applications Due 28 February for WCET Certification Exam

Who Will You Be Meeting in 2014? 
Upcoming Conferences

Wavefront Wireless Summits
Vancouver: 4-6 February 2014
Take a one day course on M2M for Engineers & Managers on Thursday, 6 February from 8:30am - 4:00pm at the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel located at 1128 West Hastings Street. 
Mobile World Congress
Barcelona: 24-27 February 2014
Visit the IEEE Booth: Hall 7, Stand 7M05
International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE)
Las Vegas, Nevada: 24-28 March 2014
Visit with Marilyn Catis, Certification & Professional Education Manager to learn more about what's going on at ComSoc; obtain copies of our latest publications, and learn more about IEEE ComSoc products and services. ComSoc will have a booth on the exhibit floor. Register for the one day course Jonathan Levine will be teaching on "Practical Wireless Communications Engineering" on Tuesday, 25 March from 9:00am - 4:30pm in Room S229. This workshop is part of the College of Technology Track. 

2013 Salary Survey: Encouraging, But Gaps in Some Areas
IEEE-USA has published a "2013 Salary & Benefits Survey" which shows that salaries among IEEE U.S. IEEE members are continuing to rise. Read the complete article by Helen Horwitz. Additionally, IEEE-USA has partnered with Industry Insights, a  leader in salary surveys and research, to launch a new and enhanced salary service featuring several new products. Visit IEEE-USA to learn more. Looking to make a move or find a job? The IEEE JobSite is a great place to start your search. 2014 has just begun -- create new possibilities. 

Industry News

Small Cells & VoLTE are Among the Top Trends for 2014
RCR Wireless has identified six trends that it predicts will drive the telecom industry in 2014. On the wireless side they include small cells, 4G and LTE-Advanced, VoLTE, network functions virtualization and growth in emerging markets. RCR also suggests that not underestimating the need for wireline. [RCR Wireless]

Webinar: Digital Health Trends in 2014
MobileHealthNews will host a free webinar about digital health trends on Thursday, January 30. The webinar will look back at 2013 while addressing the biggest issues and trends facing the industry. Presenters include the site's manager editor Brian Dolan and Validec CEO Ryan Beckland. [MobileHealthNews]

ZTE Reorganizes
China's ZTE Corp. has shuffled some of its executive leadership in moves designed to take advantage of opportunities in enterprise and mobile devices. As part of this reorganization, ZTE Mobile Devices has become an independent unit of the company. [RCR Wireless]

M2M Growth Predicted for Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific
M2M connections will expand at an annual growth rate of 22.6% in the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific markets through 2018, according to research from Ovum. The biggest growth is expected in the healthcare, manufacturing and utilities sectors, with annual revenues hitting $44.8 billion in 2018. [Fierce Wireless]

Employers Desire Applicants with Mobile Development Skills
Developers with skills in mobile technologies are among the most sought after by employers, according to experts. Experience in open-source languages, Google Android, security and cloud computing are especially desired. [TechWorld]

Booming Market for Wireless Electronic Health Recording Devices
The market for wireless devices, software and related technologies tied to electronic health records (EHR) will expand dramatically over the next few years, hitting $23.5 billion by 2018 according to a new study by BCC Research. That's more than double the current size of the market, which was estimated at $11.2 billion in 2013. [MobileHealthNews]

Teeny, Tiny Windmills Could Power Mobile Devices
A team of electrical engineers at the University of Texas, Arlington have developed a tiny wind turbine that could power mobile devices. The turbine is just 1/15th of an inch wide, making it about a tenth the size of a grain of rice. A mobile device equipped with hundreds or even thousands of these tiny micro-windmills could generate electricity from ambient wind. [Forbes]

Webinar: Next Generation Backhaul Technologies
Fierce Wireless will host a webinar entitled "Next Generation Backhaul Technologies for Heterogeneous LTE Networks" on January 28. The event will include two speakers from Aricent and cover both macro and small cell environments. [Fierce Wireless]

Sprint to Carry G Flex Curved Phone
Sprint will become the first mobile operator to offer the curved G Flex smartphone from LG. The device will go on sale on January 31 and be available February 7. [Wireless Week]

U.S. Consumers Want Access to Mobile Devices, Apps While Driving
A new survey from IDC Manufacturing finds that almost half of U.S. consumers want to be able to access their mobile phones while driving, while 40% want access to their navigation and music apps. Baby boomers displayed the strongest desires for this tech. [Cellular-News]

Apple Hires in Medical Sensor Field
Apple has been on a hiring spree in the medical sensor field, with scientists, engineers and managers among its recent hires. The most recent hires seem to tie in to Apple's desire to develop new wearable technology. [9 to 5 Mac]

Healthcare Industry Needs IT Talent
More than a third of leaders surveyed in the healthcare industry said they have had to cancel or delay key projects because they didn't have the right IT talent, according to PwC. App developers and people with experience in electronic patient records are especially desired. [Fierce CIO]