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IEEE Member Discounts Benefit Everyone

Here are three facts to tell members about the IEEE Member Discounts Program:

  1. Discounted products and services and insurance are not just in the US anymore.
  2. IEEE members can buy at better rates than the public any day, not just when there is a sale.
  3. When you get benefits from Member Discounts, they are yours even when you change jobs.

In addition, when IEEE members participate in Member Discounts, IEEE earns royalties. So the greater the participation, the more Member Discounts contributes to IEEE revenue to help defer other costs. With this win-win situation, Section officers are asked to promote Member Discounts on their Section Web pages or at their meetings to raise awareness of these valuable benefits. The Member Discounts Resources page has downloadable Web banners for posting on a Section page and Regional program flyers for printing and distribution at meetings.

Visit the IEEE Member Discounts Resources page for more information.

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IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (MCE) Conference Education Program Webinars: Publication Tools Overview

The IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (MCE) Conference Education Program is offering the following webinar in April:

Publication Tools: PDF Express, Express Plus, and eXpress Conference Publishing - Overview

  • Date: Tuesday, 21 April 2015
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET
  • Description: PDF eXpress and PDF eXpress Plus are IEEE-financed author tools that assist IEEE conference organizers in obtaining IEEE Xplore-compatible PDFs from their authors. Learn how these tools can improve your author's experience and save you time. This webinar is ideal for all Conference Chairs and Publication Chairs.

Register now for this webinar.

Visit the IEEE MCE Conference Education Program Web page for additional educational offerings.

E-mail MCE Education with suggestions for live webinar topics.

Subscribe to the IEEE Conference Organizers Newsletter.

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IEEE and SMPTE® Partner to Bring Leading Content in Motion Imaging to the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library

Groundbreaking Standards and Peer-Reviewed Articles in Motion-Imaging Technology Coming Soon to Leading Online Engineering and Technology Library From IEEE.

17 March 2015 - IEEE announced a partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries. With this partnership, IEEE will host the SMPTE Digital Library within the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

The SMPTE Digital Library includes the peer-reviewed SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, proceedings from SMPTE conferences, and more than 800 standards documents including recommended practices and engineering guidelines dating back to 1916—over 20,000 documents in all.

With nearly 100 years of motion-imaging standards leadership, SMPTE is the innovator of iconic standards for high-quality content, as well as those that are facilitating the transition to an Internet Protocol (IP)-based multiscreen world. This includes many critical industry standards such as the SMPTE Color Bar© Television Test Patterns, SMPTE Time Code©, and SMPTE Timed Text©. Recent standards defining ultra-high definition (UHD) and high dynamic range (HDR) immersive audio, among others, ensure quality and interoperability for technologies within the communications, media, and entertainment industries.

SMPTE standards, articles, and papers will complement over 3 million articles from some of the world’s most highly cited technical publications currently found in IEEE Xplore. Additionally, through this agreement, SMPTE content will reach a wider audience of more than 3 million technical professionals who visit IEEEXplore each month.

“This partnership with SMPTE aligns with the ongoing IEEE goal to enrich our library with even more high-quality, leading-edge content to empower engineers to advance technology for the benefit of humanity,” said Sheila Hemami, vice president, IEEE Publication Services and Products.

“SMPTE is pleased to bring our existing community of members and subscribers a greatly enhanced experience within the IEEE Xplore Digital Library, providing a robust, user-friendly platform with powerful search tools and convenient access options to help users discover the information they need when they need it,” said Barbara Lange, executive director of SMPTE.

Beginning in March, SMPTE will transition responsibility of institutional subscriptions to IEEE, while SMPTE continues to support all SMPTE memberships and individual member subscriptions directly. The IEEE XploreDigital Library will host the entire SMPTE Digital Library starting in the fourth quarter of 2015. More updates are coming soon from and

More information on SMPTE subscriptions for institutions is available at

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IEEE Smart Village Initiative Seeks Volunteers

IEEE Smart Village, formerly the Community Solutions Initiative (CSI), is committed to open-source design and delivery of energy solutions to the world’s poorest and most energy-deprived populations. The IEEE Smart Village flagship product is a modular easy-to-install PV solar-based community charging station named the SunBlazer. Since its inception, IEEE Smart Village has worked to perfect the SunBlazer and hone its franchise model for providing off-grid energy in less developed country economies.

IEEE Smart Village ambitiously aims to provide energy to 50 million people in 10 years and relies principally on the work and expertise of IEEE engineers. The program seeks individual volunteers and financial contributions to expand, with a goal to incorporate member and Society interests in the cross-disciplinary technology communities of IEEE worldwide. If you or your Society or Council is interested in assisting with this project, please visit the program's website or contact IEEE staff.

Read more about the IEEE Smart Village Initiative.

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Featured News Around IEEE: IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter

Follow the links on the right side of this page to view more news around IEEE.

This month's featured IEEE News source is IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter.

The March edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is live and covers the role of citizens in smart cities, the second life of electric vehicle batteries, a view of the smart grid as a transactional market, and the changing relationship between customer and utility companies.

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Societies and Councils Receive Seed Funding for Emerging Technology Initiatives

The IEEE Future Directions Committee (FDC) is providing seed funding to societies and councils with projects and activities that support emerging technologies. To date, the committee has granted funding to the following programs.

The IEEE Consumer Electronics Society for the Safe Advanced Mobile Power Competition: Participants will develop a low cost mobile device power source that fits within a normal smart phone, and can keep the device powered without recharging from a fixed power source for a week of normal use.

The IEEE Council on Superconductivity for the Low Power Image Recognition Competition: This competition is designed to advance the concepts and options for viable low power approaches to object detection in images that can be used in vehicles, smart phones, wearable devices, and robots. It will take place at the 2015 Design Automation Conference and is a joint project between the Rebooting Computing Initiative, the IEEE Council on Superconductivity, and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation.

If your Society or Council has an emerging technology initiative and would like to be considered for funding, contact Kathy Grise or Bichlien Hoang, IEEE staff. You can also download a proposal request form from the New Technology Connections - Future Directions page.

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Some articles may have been compiled from internal IEEE communications, as well as Society newsletters.

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