Building vs. Industrial Automation OT Networks

A Fireside chat with Ronna Davis, CommScope and Bob Voss, EA SPE Subcommittee Chair, Panduit

Bob Voss, Ethernet Alliance SPE Subcommittee Chair, Distinguished Engineer, Panduit

My role is Distinguished Engineer, Panduit Corporate Research and Development, located at the Jack E. Caveney Innovation Center. My practice areas are Industrial Automation, Building Automation and the Internet of Things. My domain expertise includes 4 decades of control engineering and industrial network architectures. In addition, I am one of the design contributors to Panduit’s LEED Gold World Headquarters automation design. My Panduit responsibilities include technology leadership for strategic alliances and partnerships, futurist activities for Industrial Automation, and executive support research. I represent Panduit before several standards development organizations including, IEEE 802.3, TIA TR42/TR60, IEC and NEMA. I chair the ODVA EtherNet/IP Physical Layer SIG, an engineering subcommittee within ODVA tasked with specifying the ideal physical layer for EtherNet/IP. I also the chair of the Ethernet Alliance SPE subcommittee. Further, I am a contributing member of the Converged Plant wide Ethernet architecture team.

Ronna Davis, Strategy and Technology, Enterprise Building and Campus, CommScope

Ronna Davis has been in the networking and telecommunication industry for 24 years. She has been with CommScope for over 14 years and has held positions in sales, channel and product line management. She is currently on CommScope’s Strategy and Technology Team for Buildings and Campuses. Ronna chairs the TIA SPEC, Single Pair Ethernet Consortium. Previous to CommScope she worked in the design and construction of telecommunications networks for eight years and in wholesale distribution for two years. She studied marketing and is a LEED Green Associate.

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