This International Educational and Networking Event is slated for October. This is the first time it will be held in the US, having been previously hosted in Berlin and Amsterdam. Scheduled for October 3-4, 2006, the symposium will be held at the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel in downtown Chicago. The event will be moderated by David Humphrey, Senior Analyst, ARC Advisory Group, and is expected to attract more than 300 participants from 20 countries. Additionally, Collins Hemingway, former marketing director of Microsoft and best-selling author will provide the keynote address at the event. The symposium will include two days of workshops covering best practice examples of Ethernet in automation.

While the symposium is organized by Siemens, participation and presentation opportunities will be open to representatives from all industrial Ethernet organizations, including competition. Panelists from five industrial Ethernet consortia including ODVA, Modbus-IDA, EtherCAT, Ethernet PowerLink and PTO (originally, Profibus Trade Organization) will present their views on the value of using Ethernet at all levels of the automation pyramid and answer questions from the moderator and the audience.

The Industrial Ethernet Symposium will feature presentations from a wide variety of industry and technology experts, industry analysts, and”best practice” customer case histories, which detail the continuing benefits of Industrial Ethernet.

The event will feature a Micro-fair where interactive exhibits will feature the latest Industrial Ethernet technology. Registration and additional symposium details are available by visiting: