Pepperl+Fuchs. Ethernet-APL is a technology that enables powerful and consistent digital communication in process automation from the sensor to the control level. Ethernet-APL has all the features required by a modern, future- proof network in process automation. To fully exploit these advantages of digitalization, this white paper recommends taking the next logical step: Functionally safe (safety) automation should also be implemented utilizing the same network architecture. Ethernet-APL's features and the advantage of its consistent use are presented and explained in this white paper. There is now a unique opportunity to consider the requirements for safety applications when investing in Ethernet-APL in process automation. In order to facilitate market entry and avoid additional subsequent investments.