Sweldens speaking at the World Economic Forum in 2012
|Alma mater||University of Leuven,
|Known for||data compression|
Wim Sweldens is a Belgian American business leader notable for innovations in communications and signal processing technology. He developed algorithms for compressing three dimensional images into billions of tiny triangular modules. At telecommunications firm Alcatel-Lucent in New Jersey, he led development of new cell tower technology called lightRadio which reduces the size of transmission equipment dramatically. The equipment uses only basic electrical power and can be placed indoors and linked to optical fiber cables; it enables mobile networks to operate with much less electricity, halving CO2 emissions and reducing the carbon footprint, and permitting cell phone service to reach more people over expanded geographic areas. The technology may mean the end of cell towers within ten years, according to several reports.
- Peter Schröder, Wim Sweldens (May 1995). "Geek Page - Wavelet Image Compression: Beating the bandwidth bottleneck.". Wired. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
- LEE DYE (September 11, 2000). "A Leap for High-Speed Transmission: Data: Latest technology will lessen image process time. 3-D capacity could prove boon for industries.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
- Ben Rooney (February 7, 2011). "Alcatel-Lucent Shrinks Cell Tower". The Wall Street Journal: Technology. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
- Associated Press (February 12, 2011). "Wireless advances could mean no more cell towers". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
- Nick Wood (7 February 2011). "Alcatel-Lucent signals 'end of base station'". Total Telecom. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
- Charles Arthur (7 February 2011). "Tiny device could transform mobile communications, says its creator". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
- Peter Svensson (Associated Press) (February 12, 2011). "Advances could mean no more cell towers". The News-Herald. Retrieved 2012-01-25.