Senate bill would fund 5G Huawei alternatives | Pentagon to roll out new protocol for contractor cybersecurity | Broadcom puts stamp on Wi-Fi 6E tech
January 16, 2020
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Policy Watch
Senate bill would fund 5G Huawei alternatives
Senate bill would fund 5G Huawei alternatives
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The US government would establish a $750 million fund for research and development from companies that could compete against China's Huawei Technologies and set aside another $500 million for the global deployment of "trusted and secure" 5G equipment under bipartisan legislation sponsored by a pair of senators. The administration is also reportedly preparing guidelines that would greatly increase the government's ability to keep foreign-made gear with US components from reaching Huawei.
The Hill (1/14),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/14),  Reuters (1/14) 
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Pentagon to roll out new protocol for contractor cybersecurity
Requests for project proposals later this year will include references to the Defense Department's new protocol to ensure contractors have cybersecurity practices in place to protect sensitive information. The protocol calls for contractors to pay for third-party certification.
Building Design + Construction (free registration) (1/9) 
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Broadcom puts stamp on Wi-Fi 6E tech
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai praised Broadcom's approach for supporting Wi-Fi 6 at 6 GHz even as the agency has yet to formally free up spectrum designated as Wi-Fi 6E. Pai referred to Broadcom's 6 GHz AP systems-on-a-chip suite in saying, "it's unimaginable what the benefits could be" in unleashing the spectrum.
FierceWireless (1/8) 
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Technology Trends
Auto sensor data is moving to in-vehicle processing
The processing of sensor data in self-driving vehicles is now more likely to be done within the vehicle, rather than transmitting the information to cloud computing data centers, this analysis notes. "Considering that an autonomous vehicle produces as much data in one day as the Hubble Space Telescope does in one year, managing that sheer amount of data between on-prem (the vehicle) and the cloud is a tall order with today's capabilities, let alone processing it," says Simon Rance of ClioSoft.
Semiconductor Engineering (1/9) 
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Panel discusses technology in the public interest
Data collection, artificial intelligence and the need for transportation technology that focuses not on wealthy people, but on those in need, were among the topics a panel discussed at CES 2020. Joe Vitale, global automotive sector leader at Deloitte, noted the moral issues associated with the programming of autonomous-vehicle software, adding that "many questions still need to be addressed and there needs to be clear partnership between government, between cities, between the policymakers, the auto companies and the high-tech companies providing those solutions."
Smart Cities Dive (1/13) 
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Career & Workforce Development
Honeywell CTO addresses environment, cultivates future engineers
Honeywell Chief Technology Officer Maribel Wilson is heading up the $1 billion Solstice platform to find safer alternatives to aerosols. Wilson is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and promotes STEM education and engineering as a career choice for boys and girls, drawing on the "firsthand experience of both my parents wanting to find and create a better life for themselves."
NJBIZ (New Jersey) (1/13) 
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How to Argue
Arguing can change actions, but it rarely changes minds. Author Susan de la Vergne looks at a few reasons why that is, and what to do about them to make your arguments more persuasive. IEEE-USA InSight
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Publish Your Work -- A New IEEE-USA E-Book
"Publish or perish" is a familiar saying. Achievement can often depend on publishing new research in your field. Veteran engineer and educator Harry T. Roman talks about how to get published in his latest e-book, and perhaps more importantly, how to get noticed. IEEE-USA InSight
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