Webinar | SPE Evolves OT Networks

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Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) enables a smooth evolution of building and industrial automation disciplines from legacy fieldbus communications to a seamless, single protocol network, cloud to edge.  Join Ethernet Alliance chair Peter Jones and member company experts in this panel discussion about how SPE augments the value in your network while supporting proven construction methods. You’ll learn about the capabilities of SPE, the expectations around its use and the transition to your future operational technology network.

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Peter Jones, EA chairman, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco

Peter is a Distinguished Engineer in Cisco’s Enterprise HW team. He works on system architecture for Cisco’s enterprise switching, routing, wireless and IOT products. While at Cisco, Peter has been a major contributor to the Catalyst switching product line, including the Catalyst 9000 family.  He is chair of the Ethernet Alliance Single Pair Ethernet technical subcommittee.  He’s been active in IEEE 802.3 for several years, mostly working on BASE-T projects. He was Chair of the NBASE-T Alliance from its inception until its merger with the Ethernet Alliance. He works on evolution of technology to add value to physical infrastructure and make technology consumable.


Bob Voss, EA SPE subcommittee chair, Senior Principal Engineer, Panduit 

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

Theo Brillhart, EA member, Advanced Development Manager, Fluke Networks 

Theodore (Theo) Brillhart is a Sr. Engineering Manager at Fluke Networks, Everett, WA, USA. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida; in Tampa Florida, USA.  He has over 25 years combined experience as a design engineer and manager, working primarily in the test and measurement and computer industries. He joined Fluke Networks in June of 2008.

Today at Fluke Networks, Theo is primarily responsible for managing the Technology Development Group conducting research and development of new technologies, new measurement techniques, and global standardization. Previously he managed the team of hardware design engineers that developed the popular DSP, DTX, and Versiv network cable testers. Theo has also been appointed to represent Fluke Networks to several US and international standards committees, and has participated in developing the IEEE 802.3, TIA 568, and ISO/IEC 11801 standards for telecommunications infrastructure.

Additionally, Theo is very active in the Ethernet Alliance and several pre-standards industry consortia for industrial automation, building controls, and transportation. He has been a member of the IEEE since 1992. He and his team are currently doing research into methods for testing the new generation of SPE cabling and wireless access networks.


  Heath Stewart, EA member, Design Director, Analog Devices

Heath Stewart has been involved in the design and standardization of Analog Devices’ Power over Ethernet solutions since 2008. He is Design Director for Single-pair and traditional Power over Ethernet in Santa Barbara, California.

Heath brings a diverse set of experiences to bear in digital, firmware, mixed-signal and system design. He has worked on a wide array of networking technologies, air flow sensors, and in high-voltage mixed signal. Off the beaten path, Heath enjoyed two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, loves adventure travel and holds numerous patents.

Heath holds a BSEE from the University of Colorado, Boulder.