Fifth-generation (5G) wireless communications are expected to significantly increase speed and data rates, and support the connection of billions of devices, including autonomous vehicles and smart appliances, through the Internet of Things. Here are just some of the IEEE resources that deal with the subject.
The Web portal of the IEEE 5G Initiative presents upcoming events, courses, news articles, and standards. The initiative was established by the IEEE Future Directions Committee, the organization’s R&D arm. The portal lists a number of IEEE projects and ways for IEEE members to get involved in, for example, the 5G Initiative working groups that are developing standards, organizing conferences, and engaging people from industry. And there’s the initiative’s road map, which will identify research, innovation, and technology trends in the communications field.
The IEEE Communications Society offers a host of webinars and courses that may be eligible for professional development hours or IEEE continuing education units.
“On the Road to 5G,” for example, provides an in-depth overview of the development of long-term evolution technology, describes a standard for high-speed wireless communications, and how LTE is likely to advance 5G.
The society’s webinar, “5G’s Role in the Internet of Things,” covers the key challenges of connecting billions of devices to the Internet, including how IoT networks can communicate with one another while relying on different communications protocols.
To sharpen your wireless communications skills, as well as demonstrate up-to-date qualifications to employers, consider applying for the IEEE Wireless Communications Engineering Technologies certification. Those accepted into the program receive resources such as free tutorials and access to an online practice exam. The WCET exam is being offered 17 April to 13 May and 25 September to 21 October. The exam fee is US $450 for members and $550 for nonmembers.
Those who want to know more about 5G but have don’t have time for courses or to attend conferences can watch IEEE.tv videos. Dozens of recorded sessions from the 2016 Brooklyn 5G Summit, in New York City, are available. These include “The Path to 5G,” which covers new business opportunities in the industry, and “5G Myths and Realities,” which focuses on the technology’s capabilities and the requirements of 5G networks.
In the video “5G Cellular: It Will Work!” IEEE Fellow Theodore “Ted” Rappaport discusses his millimeter-wave wireless communications research, which is enhancing 5G technology. Rappaport is the founder and director of NYU Wireless, an academic research center that combines wireless engineering, computer science, and medicine.
The May/June issue of IT Professional, published by the IEEE Computer Society, included the article “M-Health Solutions Using 5G Networks and M2M Communications.”
The October issue of the IEEE Network magazine, from the IEEE Communications Society, featured two articles on 5G technology: “‘Anything as a Service’ for 5G Mobile Systems” and “Applying VLC [Visible Light Communication] in 5G Networks: Architectures and Key Technologies,” which covers optical wireless communications.
And look for a special issue of the IEEE Internet of Things Journal, “5G and Beyond: Mobile Technologies and Applications for IoT,” in October. The joint publication, from the IEEE Sensors Council and the IEEE Communications, IEEE Computer, and IEEE Signal Processing societies, is accepting article submissions until 31 March.
Members can join the IEEE 5G technical community to work on the technology’s development and deployment from the initiative’s website. They can also keep up to date on fifth-generation activities by participating in discussions with the 5G community on IEEE Collaboratec. Discussions have included how the technology is likely to affect artificial intelligence and smart cities, and how to separate fact from hype. And members can follow news from the IEEE 5G Initiative on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. ◆