Due to coronavirus, the nonprofit international CAN in Automation (CiA) users’ and manufacturers’ association hold for the first time its general assembly as an online meeting.
The members of the organization re-elected the board of directors as well as the members of the business committee and the technical committee. Uwe Koppe (Micocontrol) was confirmed as Technical Director and Christian Schlegel (CS Consulting) as Business Director. Holger Zeltwanger is furthermore CiA’s Managing Director. The nonprofit organization with nearly 700 members develops currently the CAN XL specifications, which support bit-rates of 12 Mbit/s and maintains the classic CANopen and CANopen FD specifications. There is also a CAN FD light specification under development.
The elected members of the business committee are Emotas, Janztec, ESD, Microcontrol, and Vector. The technical committee comprises the following elected members: Emotas, Emsa, ESD, HMS, and Bosch. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the CiA marketing activities are limited to online events and publications. All technical group meetings take place virtually.
The CiA budget 2020 was accepted and will be adjusted to the circumstances caused by the coronavirus. The organization provides still services such as answering technical inquiries, performing webinars on dedicated topics, etc. The planned one-day CiA technology days are held as four-hour online events. The 17th international CAN Conference is intended to take place in June 2021.
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