Wi-Fi Past, Present & Future
WE CELEBRATED THE INVENTION OF WAVELAN, PRECURSOR OF WI-FI ON OCTOBER 29, 2019
In November 1987, a group of Dutch engineers of the Wireless Communications and Networking Division (WCND) demonstrated WaveLAN, the precursor of Wi-Fi, a method for short-range wireless data communications. Their development of WaveLAN technology led directly to formation of the IEEE 802.11 Working Group for Wireless Local Area Networks and establishment of the now ubiquitous Wi-Fi industry.
In 1999, Steve Jobs adopted this technology and added WaveLAN to his new Apple Airport and iBook, the world’s first Wi-Fi-enabled laptop was born. The rest is history...
IEEE has awarded the invention of WaveLAN, the precursor of
Wi-Fi, with a Milestone Award.
An IEEE Milstone Award honors significant technical achievements in all areas associated with IEEE.
To be eligible for IEEE Milestone status, developments need to be significant achievements that have stood the test of time for at least 25 years, involving a unique solution to an engineering problem and must have made a major regional impact at the very least.
Only two Milestones have been previously awarded in the Benelux: one for the Compact Disc Audio Player, 1979, and one for the Discovery of Superconductivity, 1911.
The WaveLAN20 foundation has been created as the home for the initiatives around this celebration.
It is based upon volunteer support from professional experts, there is no profit motive and the activities are financed by sponsoring.
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In 2011 Wim van Etten, the chairman of the IEEE Benelux section, asked Vic Hayes, employed by the WaveLAN team and co-founder and first chairman of the IEEE 802.11 workgroup, to jointly propose a milestone award for Wi-Fi.
Later Cees Links, General Manager of the WaveLAN team, joined the proposal group. After many readjustments to the proposal, the IEEE approved the final proposal at the December 2018 meeting of the Board of IEEE Directors.
After the approval Willie van Dam, representative of the city counsel of Nieuwegein and Elly Schietse joined to form the organising committee.
This celebration brought together the people who influenced the invention of WaveLAN and later, the commercialization of Wi-Fi.
Our symposium held presentations that reflect on Wi-Fi in the past, today and in the future. The speakers educated and inspired and updated on latest industry trends. Our speakers didn’t just talk about Wi-Fi, but brought an exciting mix of visionary talks and insightful content on this exciting technology that we all use today.
Our attendee list included former employees, industry delegates, academics, local affiliations, press and media. Meet with ex-coworkers and connect with the industry leaders, experts, and influencers to celebrate this exclusive event.
Wim van Etten
Former IEEE BeNeLux Chairman & Emeritus Professor University of Twente
Former Chairman IEEE 802.11
Willie van Dam
Municipality of Nieuwegein
General Manager Qorvo
In November 1987, a group of Dutch engineers in Nieuwegein demonstrated a method for significantly increasing the data rate achievable under new regulations that permitted licence-exempt short-range wireless data communications in certain frequency bands. Their development of WaveLAN technology led directly to formation of the
IEEE 802.11 Working Group for Wireless Local Area Networks and establishment of the now ubiquitous Wi-Fi Industry.