OT Networks Analyst Panel

Ethernet Alliance, Voice of Ethernet, monitors emerging Ethernet technologies. Lately a number of Ethernet technologies are emerging in the OT networks realms – those networks that control our commercial buildings and factories – that make the possibility of a truly converged enterprise a reality by upping the value of the networks capabilities with a single seamless protocol, edge to cloud. Join us for another in our webinar series to hear noted analysts discuss OT networks.

Bob Voss headshotModerator: 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.


Alan Weckel, Founder and Technology Analyst, 650 Group

Alan Weckel is a Technology Analyst/Co-Founder at 650 Group, where he is in charge of Networking and Cloud research. Alan has been quoted in CIO Today, the Wall Street Journal, and Fierce Telecom. He has presented at a wide variety of industry and finance events. Alan has been involved in Ethernet for two decades, from system design to market research. His work at previous companies, including Cisco Systems and Raytheon, provides a foundation for his deep knowledge of the industry and its supply chain.


Anna Ahrens, Senior Analyst, Manufacturing Technology, Omdia

As a member of the Industrial IoT, software & communications team, Anna focuses on industrial communications and industrial edge networking components. She examines industrial communications standards and their implementation in process and discrete manufacturing. Anna also covers trends in industrial networking components such as IIoT gateways, routers, switches, and more.

Anna joined Omdia in January 2019 with more than 10 years of experience in the electronic components industry, including roles in forecasting, market intelligence, business development, and product management for display devices. Previously, she worked at Samsung Semiconductors Europe. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Linguistics and Cultural Studies from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. Anna is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and is fluent in German, English, and Russian.

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