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“Optical Industry Needs Automation”: Legrand’s Rudy Montgelas featured in EE Times

Thursday, May 18, 2017

EE Times ran a May 15 byline article on the direction of the optical industry authored by Legrand’s Rudy Montgelas, Senior Technologist, who is focused on fiber optic and IoT initiatives for our data communications division. EE Times is the leading publication of the global electronics industry.


Rudy recently attended the Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) conference in Los Angeles, the world’s largest global fiber optics and optical communications conference. Many of the top technical optical scientists, companies, and experts attended the conference from around the world.


One of Rudy’s key takeaways from this year’s OFC was that the optical industry needs to automate. Noting the OFC keynote speech delivered by Google VP Urs Holzle, Rudy points out that the optical communications industry has, for many years, just been getting by with artisan techniques.


Times have changed, Rudy warns. Amazon, Facebook, Google, and other Web giants are now driving the technology agenda in networking. If you’re a product supplier to these companies, according to Rudy, you are probably racing to keep up with their increasing demands. This means continuously producing a new class of optical technologies that will meet the enhanced requirements of a next-generation data center.


And this means…automation.


Read the rest of Rudy’s observations from OFC in EE Times here.