Wouter Cloetens

Embedded Systems Software Architect at SoftAtHome

Antwerp Area, Belgium
Computer Software
  1. Essensium,
  2. Mind Linux Solutions,
  3. Newtec
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Senior architect with technical ownership of a mass-deployed triple play (broadband Internet, VoIP, IPTV) gateway, with deep expertise of all the technologies involved, overseeing an international team of developers.

User-space (application) and kernel-space (device driver) Linux development on ARM, Power, MIPS and Intel architectures.

In previous positions, Unix (Linux, AIX), various real-time OS, Java development with deep experience with messaging middleware (most notably MQSeries) and SQL databases (most notably DB2), satellite communications, DVB, embedded Java Virtual Machines.

Specialties:Embedded systems architecture, Linux, TCP/IP (IPv4 and IPv6).


Embedded Systems Software Architect

– Present (6 years 4 months)

Architect of the residential network gateway platform.

Staff Embedded Software Architect

(1 year 8 months)

Essensium acquired Mind and continues its embedded consultancy activities.

Senior embedded developer

Mind Linux Solutions
(7 years 5 months)Leuven, Belgium

As a consultant, besides other long-running projects already described, I also ported and enhanced an embedded CCTV security application to (Linux on embedded PC) and developed a distributed video recorder.

Embedded Software Developer

(2 years 11 months)

As a consultant, I
- played a significant role in the development of the Satmode two-way satellite modem (μCOS-II RTOS on ARM),
- was part of the development of the Sat3Play two-way satellite modem (Linux on PowerPC).

Platform Architect

(3 years 3 months)

As a consultant, I
- ported and maintained a Java Virtual Machine on a POS terminal (Chorus RTOS on i386),
- was the architect of a next-generation dual-core secure POS terminal (eCos and Linux on ARM).

Senior software developer

IBM Greenock, UK
(5 years 7 months)

I held various positions at IBM in the PC company support organisation, growing from a telephone support representative to the architect, developer and maintainer of a web-based problem management suite interconnected with many databases and tools on a myriad of platforms, used world-wide.
I then joined software development.


IBM Rochester, MN
(1 year 4 months)

Architect for the IBM Electronic Services project. This was an international assignment.


Livebox Play(Link)

Orange's residential gateway

Livebox 2(Link)

Orange's residential gateway

Newtec Sat3Play modem(Link)

Two-way satellite modem

Newtec Satmode add-on box(Link)

Two-way satellite modem

Banksys C-Zam/Xenta(Link)

Credit/debit card payment terminal


  1. Dutch

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. English

    Full professional proficiency
  3. French

    Limited working proficiency
  4. German

    Elementary proficiency


  • IPv6
  • Multicast
  • Linux
  • TCP/IP
  • NAT
  • RTP
  • VoIP
  • SIP
  • C
  • Gdb
  • Valgrind
  • Autotools
  • Tcpdump
  • Netfilter
  • DHCP
  • ARP
  • IPv4
  • Token Ring
  • SNA
  • AIX
  • MIPS
  • PowerPC
  • 68K
  • ARM
  • Operating System...
  • Linux Kernel
  • Low Level Programming
  • eCos
  • Satellite Communications
  • DVB-S
  • TR-069
  • VDSL2
  • Triple Play
  • Serial Communications
  • Flash Memory
  • Bug Fixing
  • Wireshark
  • Netcat
  • Routers
  • ADSL
  • RTSP
  • H.264
  • JPEG
  • Gstreamer
  • Java
  • XML
  • SOAP
  • MOM
  • DECT
  • 802.11n
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