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President’s Column

Welcome to the final edition of the OPC Foundation OPC Connect newsletter of 2016. It has been a very exciting year. We have seen record growth in adoption of the OPC UA technology across multiple domains and vertical markets. The OPC Foundation policy of being truly open has expanded the reach of the OPC technology. The specifications are available to everyone, the technology is open sourced, and now we have opened up our certification labs to non-members.

Industry 4.0

OPC UA Available for 120 Million Devices

There’s no doubt – many in the manufacturing industries believe IoT and Industrie 4.0 are essentially stuck at the concept level and there is no standard available for tools and solutions today in the automation market. However, this is only perception; reality is a completely different story. How prepared are you to leverage ALL the data from 120 million connected devices from automation suppliers … already today!

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OPC UA Security for Mobile Healthcare Services

OpSIT is a project supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research whose goal is to support the health sector with the optimized application of Smart Item Technologies, using the example of patient care. The choice to use the industrial-oriented protocol OPC UA came from its flexibility and near real-time capability to transport the encrypted delivery intake report to the care cloud gateway server (OPC UA Historian Server).

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President’s Welcome – Sept 2016

Welcome to the September 2016 edition of the OPC Connect newsletter! Our September edition of the newsletter features numerous exciting announcements from our sponsors, the OPC community and the OPC Foundation itself. There are many sensational things that have happened since the June edition of our newsletter, and a set of even more exciting things to happen through the balance of this year!

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Evolving Towards the Industrial IoT

We’ve heard plenty of talk for the past year or two about the Industrial IoT (Internet of Things). Amidst all the conversation and occasional hype about the Industrial IoT, there has been cautious but steadily increasing implementation. This experience suggests that an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, approach to the IIoT makes the most sense.

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President’s Welcome: June 2016

Welcome to the June 2016 edition of the OPC Connect newsletter! This edition of the newsletter features many exciting announcements from our sponsors, the OPC community and the OPC Foundation itself. Many significant things have happened since the March edition of our newsletter from a marketing, technical and organizational perspective.

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Microsoft: 5 Clicks to Digital Factory

Microsoft has taken the initiative to port the existing OPC UA C# Stack to the Windows 10 Universal Core. And along with the OPC Foundation, have worked closely together over the last number of months to deeply integrate OPC UA into the Azure IoT Suite. OPC UA is an essential component of the connected products that manufacturing customers need today, and it is increasingly seen as an important part of enterprise IoT scenarios and business models. In keeping with their commitment to openness and collaboration, Microsoft is fully committed to supporting OPC UA and its evolution.

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Toolkit [Case Study] and Pub/Sub White Paper

In the past, Lenze used to rely on the OPC Classic to enable access to device data. However, as this standard no longer covers advanced requirements, the company opted for the development of an OPC UA Server. This was achieved using a Toolkit from Softing. Also, Softing’s new white paper discusses OPC UA Publisher / Subscriber communication for IIoT and outlines details on a proof-of-concept implementation.

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Will IT and OT Converge?

It’s no secret down on the shop floor, or in the upper echelons of management, that IT and OT don’t always see eye to eye. For decades, the business computing world of Information Technology (IT) has been growing and evolving separately from the Operational Technology (OT) world. Be that as it may, these two worlds are now poised to make contact. Businesses are waking up to the value of the data that’s coming from production systems.