In March 1992, several companies founded the non-profit CiA international users’ and manufacturers’ group. The aim was to provide an unbiased platform for future developments of the CAN protocol and to promote the image of CAN. Currently 628 members have joined CAN in Automation (CiA).
CiA members jointly develop specifications for different CAN application fields. The CAN community also finances international standardization and organizes events in order to exchange knowledge and experiences. These occasions for networking belong to the most important benefits of CiA membership.
CiA also offers other services. These include seminars and conferences, publications, CANopen testing, and last but not least the promotion of CAN technology.