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Microsoft and OPC Foundation Demonstrate Azure Industrial IoT

Microsoft has partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Honeywell, Mitsubishi, Rockwell, Siemens, Schneider, Beckhoff, Harting, and Leuze showing the Microsoft “Connected Factory” via 40 OPC UA enabled demo walls in their International Technology Centers.

New Video Roundup

See who’s on board with OPC UA. Testimonials from Sercos, CC-Link, PROFINET, EtherCAT, IO-Link, Powerlink, and CAN in Automation are featured here on why each organization is partnering with the OPC Foundation.

Microsoft Announces Global Discovery Server

Microsoft has announced their contribution of an open-source, cross-platform OPC UA Global Discovery Server (GDS) to the OPC Foundation. The greatest value of an OPC UA GDS deployment is its certificate management capability thereby simplifying security.

Samsung Electronics Joins OPC Foundation

Samsung Electronics, one of the largest manufacturers in the world, becomes a Corporate Member to enable an interoperable Industrial IoT edge platform in its manufacturing infrastructures, powered by the OPC UA framework.

Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) Completes Analysis of OPC UA

Due to the relevance of OPC UA to Industrie 4.0 and German Industry, the BSI performed an in-depth security analysis of the OPC UA specifications and a selected reference implementation. An extensive analysis of the security functions in the specification of OPC UA confirmed that OPC UA was designed with a focus on security and does not contain systematic security vulnerabilities.

President’s Welcome

Welcome to the April edition of the OPC connect newsletter!
2017 has already started off by being a banner year in terms of OPC technology and marketing activities. I have attended and presented at numerous different events in the first three months of the year. 2017 is shaping up to be a very busy year for the OPC Foundation. We are eager to keep you abreast of the expansion of the OPC UA technology and progress made on the collaboration front. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to check out what we have been up to.

New Collaborations Update

Two important Memorandums of Understanding were signed in recent months. First, OPC UA is finding itself used in applications beyond traditional manufacturing. In this case, commercial professional kitchens. Second, an MOU was signed with the VDMA Robotics organization. Here, OPC UA was chosen as the easiest route to M2M integration.

OPC Foundation News Update

The OPC Foundation membership really is a diverse set of companies developing products and/or services for many different domains and vertical markets. Corporate members that are Class A members are recognized here that have joined since November 1, 2016.
Also, the OPC Foundation is proud to announce the availability of our new European Certification Test Lab.
Finally, the next OPC interoperability workshop is scheduled for the week of April 24th, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ.

OPC UA Videos Released

At OPC Day Europe, there were many interesting talks about OPC UA and its applicability into a variety of environments. If you weren’t able to make it to the event, relevant videos are released here for catching up. Make sure to find the OPC Foundation at an event near you and check out the OPC YouTube Channel for more.