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8 Ways Continuing Education Certificates Help Your Career

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Engineering is just one of many professions that requires participation in continuing education programs in order to maintain a license. But even if your line of work doesn’t require a professional certificate or license, completing a continuing education program voluntarily goes a long way toward demonstrating your commitment and improving your knowledge of your field.

Why should you enroll in a continuing education program and earn your certificate? It’ll benefit your career in eight ways (at least!).

  1. Stay current with new technology, laws and regulations.
  2. Maintain your license.
  3. Continue your professional development.
  4. Improve your skills.
  5. Prove professional competency.
  6. Stand out in professional networks.
  7. Bolster your resume.
  8. Build a little leverage during salary discussions with your employer.

Earn Your Certificate from IEEE

IEEE brings together some of the best and brightest minds in engineering to offer education programs based on the most relevant content to help you stay ahead in your field. Courses are mobile accessible, available 24/7, and provide CEUs/PDHs upon successful completion. Our programs include:

IEEE maintains an official registry of all certificates awarded, which makes it easier for you to account to state licensing boards. You can be proud to share your IEEE Certificate, a guarantee of educational quality.

To talk with an IEEE administrator and find a program that suits your needs, email us today at: eab-ceuadmin@ieee.org.

Resources

Ferriman, Justin. (23 Oct 2014). Understanding The Benefits of CEUs. LearnDash.

Ferriman, Justin. (5 Oct 2014). CEU vs PDH: What’s The Difference? LearnDash.

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Grid Modernization for the Future

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The Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI) is a collaboration across the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to create the modern power grid of the future. It represents a comprehensive effort to help shape the future of our nation’s power grid and solve the challenges of integrating conventional and renewable sources with energy storage and smart buildings. At the same time, the GMI must ensure that the grid is resilient and secure to withstand growing cybersecurity and climate changes.

According to the GMI, a modern grid must have:

  • Greater resilience to hazards of all types
  • Improved reliability for everyday operations
  • Enhanced security from an increasing and evolving number of threats
  • Additional affordability to maintain our economic prosperity
  • Superior flexibility to respond to the variability and uncertainty of conditions at one or more timescales, including a range of energy futures
  • Increased sustainability through energy-efficient and renewable resources

The GMI is focused on the development of new architectural concepts, tools and technologies that measure, analyze, predict, protect and control the grid of the future, as well as enabling the institutional conditions that allow for more rapid development and widespread adoption of these tools and technologies. The goal is to help integrate all sources of electricity better, improve the security of our nation’s grid, solve challenges of energy storage and distributed generation, and provide a critical platform for U.S. competitiveness and innovation in a global energy economy.

Why Now?

The United States’ extensive power grid has fueled the nation’s growth since the early 1900s. However, the existing power grid was not designed for our future. The ever-increasing demands of the 21st century and beyond require serious modernization of the current grid. A modern grid is vital to the nation’s security, economy and existing and future way of life. It will provide the foundation for essential services that people rely on every day.

In testimony before the Missouri Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) Midwest Director Chris Ventura stated, “Energy grids in states across our country are in a massive transition toward smart, stable and more secure energy. The benefits of this transition are immense. As the grid is modernized, power flows bi-directionally versus the traditional one-way power flow. This integrated grid will be more reliable, prevent or reduce power outages and give people and businesses access to the latest consumer technologies to manage their energy usage.”

Get Ready for Grid Modernization

The development and implementation of smart grid technology is one of the biggest frontiers in electrical engineering today. Grid Modernization in the 21st Century is a new 4-course program coming soon from IEEE. It’s designed to get you and your team up to speed quickly on the latest smart grid technologies set to change the way power is delivered to electricity consumers around the world. Pre-order the program for your organization today.

Resources

About the Grid Modernization Initiative. Energy.gov.

(11 Jan 2018). Consumer Advocate Testifies on Grid Modernization Benefits and Needs. Consumer Energy Alliance.

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Living on the Edge of the Internet of Things

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is ever expanding, with billions of touchpoints constantly requiring attention. Eventually, only cost-effective edge infrastructure will be able to keep up with IoT data processing. The local analytics of edge computing mean faster response times, reduced storage costs, and optimum use of bandwidth, while also supporting data privacy and compliance requirements. The edge computing market is poised to impact a number of industries that demand low-latency and high-availability connectivity.

Innovations on the Edge

Casino Gaming: Edge computing could transform the casino gaming industry. IT service provider Zunesis is currently testing a video analytics app installed near a casino video surveillance camera that uses edge computing to sense when someone under the age of 21 sits down at a card table and triggers an alarm to prompt a spotter on the casino floor to check the person’s ID. Previously, the video feed would have to be analyzed in a room with feeds on multiple screens. According to Zunesis CEO Steve Shaffer, the video analytics app has the potential to save casinos millions of dollars in fines.

Civil Law Enforcement: Research shows that police body cameras can dramatically reduce the number of complaints against officers. As a result, use of body cameras in police forces is expected to increase. Body cameras with edge technology would allow for an officer’s video feed to be compressed and encoded locally, sending short bursts of video to a local edge center. The upload process would be faster and reduce pressure on a central network, which would minimize the chances of data loss or damage.

Smartphones: Smartphones are also making use of the edge. The A11 Bionic chip in Apple’s new iPhone X uses edge technology to power its face identification feature. Previously, the artificial intelligence (AI) used in smartphones (primarily voice recognition for digital assistants) has been powered by the cloud.

Training on the Edge

Preorder Introduction to Edge Computing, a new 5-course program coming soon from IEEE. The program is designed for organizations investing heavily in edge technology and allows for training of entire technical teams at once. Course titles covered include Overview of Edge Computing, Practical Applications of Edge Computing, and The Future of Edge Computing. Connect with an IEEE Content Specialist for more information today.

Resources

Ovenden, James. (23 Jan 2018). Edge Computing And The Future Of Machine Learning. Innovation Enterprise.

Shein, Esther. (Jul 2018). Edge computing market: Far-reaching opportunities for channel partners. SearchITChannel.com.

Shepherd, Keiron. (21 May 2018). Why the Adoption of Edge Computing Demands a New Approach to Data Security. Infosecurity Magazine.

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Grid Modernization: Updating the Way Utilities Work

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In 2016, the United States Department of Energy proposed an investment of $3.5 billion over the following decade to modernize our electric grid. Smart grid technology promises to better align energy consumers and suppliers through the use of two-way digital communication.

Researchers are now experimenting with smart grid technologies to overcome the shortcomings of the traditional grid, which is based on a one-way, utilities-to-consumer system, and grow into a national interconnected system, accommodating massive transfers of electrical energy among regions of the United States.

Grid modernization–bringing our utilities into the 21st century–is a gradual process, though. With the deployment of smart technologies and program approval, customers will be able to take advantage of real-time pricing programs to reduce cost and energy demand. These programs will enable the average household to enjoy nearly $600 in direct bill savings. They’re dependent on smart grid sensors, controls and metering technologies.

The benefits of updating the way our utilities work numerous, including:

  1. More Reliable Service: Using computerized controls in your home and appliances that are set up to respond to signals from your energy provider, energy use is minimized at times when the power grid is under stress from high demand, or even shifted to times when power is available at a lower cost. As a result, the frequency and duration of power outages is greatly reduced, storm impacts decreased, and when outages do occur, service restored faster.
  2. Electric Vehicles (EV): Transportation is one area with the potential for increased electricity consumption. Some utilities are considering whether EVs will be a longer-term means for addressing increasing electricity demand and provide opportunities for vehicle-to-grid energy storage and related services.
  3. Climate Change: A smart grid can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 211 million metric tons and is much more reliable than a traditional grid.

Get Your Organization Going on Grid Modernization

The cumulative smart grid technology market is expected to surpass the $400 billion mark by 2020. Make sure you and your team are up to speed with Grid Modernization in the 21st Century, a four-course program coming soon from IEEE.

Resources

The Future of Smart Grid Technologies. University of California, Riverside.

Grid Modernization and the Smart Grid. The Office of Electricity.

What is the Smart Grid? SmartGrid.gov.

Campbell, Richard J. (10 Apr 2018). The Smart Grid: Status and Outlook. Congressional Research Service.

McCloskey, Leo. (1 May 2011). What Makes a Grid Smart? Electric Light & Power.

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How Edge Computing Will Drive 5G Technology

Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) more and more devices are connected, including homes, heating systems, fitness trackers, vehicles and more. Gartner projects that IoT devices will climb to a total of 50 billion by 2020, up from 20 billion, and this demand will drive the need for edge computing for data collection and processing.

Edge computing processes data close to the source, allowing real-time data and analysis and improving reliability, performance, and cost. According to the IDC, the global edge analytics market will grow 27.6% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) between 2017 and 2025, a result of the uptick in connected devices.

A Need for Speed

The volume of data generated by IoT devices is growing just as rapidly as the number of devices themselves, and needs to be processed quickly for faster response time and reduced latency. This is critical for businesses who are exploring tech capabilities for revolutionary computing solutions. An extension to the cloud, edge computing enables them to delve deep into data, conduct analytics and make informed decisions. Edge computing also helps alleviate security and privacy concerns.

In a panel of experienced data center executives, Joel Stone, of RagingWire Data Centers, noted, “Edge computing in its most raw form exists in the palm of your hand. True edge computing is pushing the computational load down to the ubiquitous smart phone or tablet devices; because the edge is where the internet meets the physical world.”

5G is Coming

The significant consumer demand for higher speeds leads us to the advent of 5G, which focuses on mobile broadband, low-latency communications and massive machine technologies such as autonomous vehicles (AV). 5G communication is projected to perform upwards of 1000 times faster than 4G, making devices respond in a matter of milliseconds. That means consumers will be able to download a full HD movie onto a mobile device in a matter of seconds. Edge computing will play a pivotal role here, solving a variety of challenges, such as latency, governance, security and monitoring.

With the arrival of 5G comes a change in modeling for edge computing. As a result, the methods, locations and technologies used to deploy infrastructure are changing for data center providers, software developers and more.

Infrastructure of the Future

One company making concrete steps toward the infrastructure of the future is Crown Castle, a leader in cell tower infrastructure. Although cell towers connect millions of devices to the Internet and other phone services every day, the high volume of tower usage, along with the distance, harm latency on the network. Fast, reliable network performance is a necessity with edge computing, and cell towers may not be good enough for the next generation of devices that use 5G.

Crown Castle has shown an interest in the deployment of edge computing and 5G use cases, investing heavily in Vapor IO, a company entrenched in edge computing applications and devices. Crown Castle CEO Jay Brown mentioned edge computing in a Q4 2017 earnings call, saying, “The development of future technologies has the potential to further extend the runway of growth. Emerging technologies, including 5G, autonomous vehicles, augmented or virtual reality and Internet of Things applications will require mission-critical network infrastructure that provides availability anywhere at any time on any device.”

Prepare Your Organization for the Edge

Is your organization making an investment in edge computing? Preorder IEEE’s Introduction to Edge Computing, a new 5-course program coming soon, and train your entire technical team to support this critical technology. It could be your most valuable investment in preparing for the edge.

Resources

Curry, David. (29 May 2018). Cell Tower Companies Look Into Edge Computing Deployment. RTInsights.com.

Miller, Rich. (21 Jun 2014). IoT and Latency Issues Will Guide Edge Deployments. Data Center Frontier.

(31 May 2018). Here are 3 uses of edge computing in today’s world. moneycontrol.com.

(13 Jun 2018). Here’s how edge computing will revolutionise 5G experience. moneycontrol.com.

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6 Things to Consider Before Your Enterprise IoT Deployment

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The Internet of Things (IoT), is a vast and growing universe of connected products ranging from fitness trackers and smart TVs to self-driving cars and virtual assistants. It has the potential to disrupt a wide variety of industries. Consumer products are expected to be the largest vertical in terms of IoT spending by 2020. Others include: manufacturing (24%), public sector (23%), services (15%), infrastructure (9%) and financial services (3%).

Plugging into the IoT isn’t simple. It requires a full and complete retrofit of operations, so whatever the use case is for IoT, an organization’s CIO must anticipate critical challenges.

6 Things to Consider

1. Privacy and Security

According to IDC, security and/or privacy concerns ranked as the number one hindrance to IoT deployments among IT decision-makers worldwide. Deploying IoT means constant updates and improvements to keep up with industry best practices, as well as privacy and security concerns. IoT service providers must ensure that enterprise and customer data is going to be safe.

Privacy concerns from hacked data can quickly become an IoT nightmare. The digital ecosystem in IoT tends to have customization that spans a variety of different devices. Since there’s no one-size-fits-all IoT solution, there’s no standard security certification (such as those associated with Microsoft, Dell or Cisco) to help keep it safe.

2. Interoperability Standards

The wide variety of parts and pieces included in IoT have to work together to ensure flawless execution. It’s important for whoever heads up an IoT project to check for things like secure key storage or tamper protection in each and every piece of hardware throughout the system to verify security.

Additionally, all the operating systems that could be involved must be considered. Beyond ensuring an app is compatible with iOs and Android, networks outside Ethernet, like LAN or ZigBee, must be negotiated as well.

3. Hosting

Once you’ve decided how the cloud will work into your IoT solution, the right application service provider (ASP) can provide offsite hosting solutions to lighten up your in-house infrastructure investment.

4. Data Connectivity

Data connectivity, although vastly improved, can still be an IoT implementation challenge. It involves how IoT devices talk to the gateway and the cloud, and what data format they generate. Most IoT gateways available are compatible with general packet radio services (GPRS) and Wi-Fi/LAN, but legacy devices depend on programmable logic controllers (PLCs), telemetry systems and remote terminal units (RTUs) to generate data. So there’s a need for a suitable edge layer that translates transport and data format protocols to send data to the IoT platform. Defining the right combination of transport and data format protocols ahead of deployment will go a long way in helping to ease this process.

5. Incorrect Data Capture

An unfortunate occurrence of the inability of the software to handle certain variances in run time, could cause incorrect data could be recorded, resulting in inaccurate analytics that may not help in making better decisions.

6. Scalability

Consider scalability from the outset and make choices that will allow you to move from design to prototype to wide-scale deployment smoothly and efficiently.

Learn from IoT Experts

These issues are major factors in influencing the decision-making process for enterprises and potential customers in order to ensure a successful IoT deployment. Prepare your organization today with Internet of Things training from IEEE. Our program is a series of eight training courses, led by top researchers in the field, to give your organization the foundational knowledge it needs now in preparation for the Internet of Things.

Resources

Lamp, Michael. (March 2018). IoT for Enterprise: 4 Concerns to Consider Before Deployment. Avnet.

6 key IoT Implementation Challenges for Enterprises to consider. Saviant Consulting.

Hilton, Scott. (14 Apr 2014). 30 Billion “Things” To Consider: How IoT Will Transform Enterprise IT. Dyn.

Marcotorchino, Remy. (27 Jun 2017). Industrial IoT Deployment Challenges: 10 Things Every Business Must Consider. Sierra Wireless.

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Top 5 IEEE Innovation at Work Articles of 2017

IEEE Innovation at WorkIt’s been a busy year for us here at IEEE Innovation at Work since our first article went live this past March. Between then and now, we’ve written roughly 21,000 words on a range of topics, including artificial intelligence, cyber security, ethical hacking, and the Internet of Things. In celebration of these milestones, we thought it would be interesting to reflect on our most-read articles of 2017.

Of course, that’s not to say we’re slowing down anytime soon! In fact, we’re gearing up to give you, our readers, even more relevant, thought-provoking content and courses in 2018 on the latest cutting-edge topics and technologies.

As always, thank you for reading. And Happy (early) New Year!

Our top 5 Innovation at Work articles of 2017:

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Do the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence Outweigh the Risks?

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Powering Predictive Maintenance

Powering Predictive Maintenance from IEEE Innovation at WorkPredictive maintenance is one of the most compelling use cases for the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). In fact, according to IBM, predictive maintenance can prevent up to 70% of equipment breakdowns, and reduce downtime by as much as 50%.

In the IEEE Technology Report on Wake-Up Radio (IEEE, 2017), this use case is highlighted as one of the biggest market opportunities in the next five years, impacting industries such as shipping and logistics, process industries, discrete manufacturing, utilities, and healthcare. Even governments are taking advantage of predictive maintenance: The United States Department of Defense just announced that it will use C3 IoT’s platform to develop artificial intelligence tools for predictive maintenance of assets. (Dignan, 2017)

As organizations begin to take advantage of predictive maintenance, the practical matter of deployment comes into play. Not every device and sensor used for predictive maintenance can be wired. Wireless applications are numerous, and powering those deployments in a sustainable way is critical.

That’s where IEEE Wake-Up Radio comes into play. This upcoming standard, being developed by the IEEE 802.11ba standards task group, will significantly increase battery life in Internet of Things devices. The energy savings is significant, increasing the life of a single battery by years. This reduces costs even further for organizations that seek the benefits of predictive maintenance, both in terms of the cost of the batteries themselves, as well as in the man-hours needed to physically change the batteries. Depending on the number of devices and sensors deployed within an organization, the cost savings can be significant.

The development of predictive maintenance devices and sensors needs to take IEEE Wake-Up Radio into account when planning future devices. If the devices will be connected via 802.11 (Wi-Fi®), then IEEE Wake-Up Radio is required in order to stay competitive in a crowded market.

To learn more about IEEE Wake-Up Radio, check out the IEEE Technology Report on Wake-Up Radio, available now.

 

Resources

IEEE. (November 2017) IEEE Technology Report on Wake-Up Radio: An Application, Market, and Technology Impact Analysis of Low-Power/Low-Latency 802.11 Wireless LAN Interfaces. IEEE Educational Activities and IEEE Standards Association.

Dignan, L. (November 2017). C3 IoT Lands Department of Defense Deal for Aircraft Predictive Maintenance. ZDNet. 

 

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Powering the Industrial Internet of Things

Powering the Industrial Internet of ThingsThe Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has the potential to revolutionize industry. With use cases that promise to increase capacity and efficiency while lowering costs, IIoT technology is a smart investment that pays off quickly.

Some of the use cases that hold huge potential include predictive maintenance, which helps keep assets up and running, avoiding downtime and costly routine maintenance when it isn’t warranted. (Tracy, 2017) The safety of industrial spaces improves as sensors provide alerts about unsafe conditions. Assets can be tracked easily, making it easier to locate and move goods efficiently while monitoring inventory. Fleets can be deployed efficiently where they are needed, reducing overall resource consumption while maximizing impact. In short, IIoT devices and sensors can make it easier and more efficient to do business, creating safer, more productive environments.

IIoT devices and sensors often need to function in hostile environments, however, and can be expected to work 24/7. They are tucked away in hard-to-reach places and are increasingly smaller. Environmental conditions around the device or sensor can be very hot or cold, and sometimes humid or dusty. For example, machines may reach 150°C in a plastic packaging plant, or have to withstand freezing temperatures near a pipeline in Alaska. (Pasero, 2017) It is much more feasible to have devices that run on batteries, and those batteries need to last as long as possible. The challenge is that, while IIoT devices and sensors are often designed to last for 10-15 years, their batteries only last 2-3 years. Given that the IIoT market is expected to grow to 75.4 billion devices by 2025, that’s a lot of batteries that need charging and replacement. (Columbus, 2016)

Fortunately, there is a solution that can help to extend battery life in the Industrial Internet of Things. IEEE has just released the IEEE Technology Report on Wake-Up Radio. This technology, under development right now by the IEEE 802.11ba standards working group, can increase the battery life of an IIoT device by up to 94%. This can add years to the life of a battery, and in turn an Internet of Things device. The duty-cycled IEEE Wake-Up Radio is added to the device, which only wakes up the device when it is needed. By maintaining a longer sleep state, the battery lasts longer. The result is cost savings, improved efficiency, and longer device life.

The Industrial Internet of Things will continue to grow because it brings such powerful return on investment. But powering the Industrial Internet of Things must be planned for, in order to reap all of the benefits this technology can provide. IIoT device manufacturers need to plan now to integrate IEEE Wake-Up Radio into their devices, and the IEEE Technology Report has the information organizations need to gain this competitive advantage.

Order your copy of the IEEE Technology Report on Wake-Up Radio today, or request information about organizational pricing.

 

Resources

Philip, T. (April, 2017). The Top 5 Industrial IoT Use Cases. IBM Internet of Things Blog.

Pasero, D. (2017) Powering sensor nodes for industrial IoT. Power Electronics News.

Columbus, L. (November, 2016). Roundup of Internet of Things Forecasts and Market Estimates. Forbes.

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