Michael German is the global technical director with CommScope in charge of a team responsible for providing pre- and post-sales technical support and being stakeholders for the CommScope’s Intelligent Solutions worldwide.
During his 30-plus year career with AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent, Avaya and CommScope, Michael was involved in the development of a broad range of products from fiber optic transmitters and repeaters to structured cabling systems.
Michael’s contributions include the development of many successful CommScope products including imVision , an Automated Infrastructure Management System. His innovative work produced over 50 patents.
Michael holds a Master of Mechanical Engineering degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University Tandon School of Engineering.
Data centers are becoming more complex due to higher network speeds, spine leaf network architecture, and the use of parallel optics. This growing complexity can cause problems in managing network cabling infrastructure because the use of advanced technologies leads to a larger number of connections and connected devices. The recently-published BICSI 009-2019 standard for Data Center Operations and Maintenance listed automated infrastructure management (AIM) systems as a recommended management tool for data center cabling infrastructure to help address these challenges. AIM systems can capture the details of optical fiber cabling characteristics (type, capacity, polarity, etc.), along with automated tracking and documentation of connectivity changes and can present this information at a central console. Now, AIM developers can also integrate augmented reality (AR) technology into these systems. This can improve the efficiency of conducting maintenance and troubleshooting tasks and adding the ability to provide contextual information, either in the form of overlaid instructional images or an interactive interface, at the location where the work is done.