ODVA, TIA to develop joint industrial Ethernet specifications

Boca Raton, FL; Arlington, VA—The Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) announced March 13 that they've formed a cooperation and cross-licensing agreement for building common industrial Ethernet specifications.


Boca Raton, FL; Arlington, VA— The Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA) and the Telecommunications Industry Association

"Ethernet has definitely blurred the line between the office and plant floor," says Dan Bart, TIA's senior vp of standards and special projects. "Having a leading organization from each side working together is proof. This alliance is a big win for industrial Ethernet and its users."

Katherine Voss, ODVA's executive director, adds that, "This is an important step for both organizations because it demonstrates our leadership in the development of industrial Ethernet. It shows a strong commitment to make sure the EtherNet/IP and TIA specifications are aligned."

ous subcommittees of Engineering Committee TR-42 User Premises Telecommuni-cations Infrastructure. These subcommittees include TR-42.5 Infrastructure Terms and Symbols; TR-42.7 Telecommunications Copper Cabling Systems; and TR-42.9 Industrial Telecommunica-tions Infrastructure.

The two organizations plan to use this information to co-develop and drive physical-layer and in-stallation standards for industrial Ethernet. Ultimately, the standards are expected to help the combined vendor and user communities adopt Ethernet on the plant floor.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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