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President’s Welcome – March 2021

Welcome to OPC Connect in 2021. While we could talk plenty about our past activities, even more exciting are our future efforts. To start, learn how we are working to help users avoid ‘cloud vendor lock-in’. Furthermore, later this year, we plan to release an IIoT Starter Kit. Four big virtual events are planned over the coming months including an OPC Day and a first-ever virtual InterOP. Thank you for reading, and we look forward to working together this year!

Compliance Corner – March 2021

The OPC Foundation has been aggressively working on enhancing its certification program. A big release of the Compliance Test Tool (CTT) is planned for the end of March. This release will include Alarm & Condition (A&C) testing as a brand new feature.

Regional Report Japan – March 2021

The OPC Foundation Japan Council (OPC-J) held its first online OPC-Day Japan on December 10-11, 2020. The registered participants reached 690. This is 3.5 times more than the previous year.

Regional Report China – March 2021

The first seminar of the year took place in Guangzhou and the event was overcrowded with attendees. Also, a deepened cooperation has been initiated between OPC Foundation China and SUPCON, one of China’s leading automation component providers in the process industry.

Making Local Data Accessible Globally Using Cloud Solutions

Intelligent Mud Solutions AS of Norway (IMS) provides continuous real-time analysis of drilling fluids primarily for the oil and gas industry. For IMS customers who do not have access to the OPC UA server locally, PROSYS implemented a solution for publishing OPC UA values to Microsoft Azure and visualizing the data with Power Bi.

Leveraging OPC UA to Help Meet Site Security Requirements

Due to the criticality of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and the desire to make process and business information available to anyone, anywhere, and at any time, the information that is exchanged must meet the security requirements of the site. The OPC UA standards are designed to meet these security requirements while maintaining the level of flexibility and control that site administrators expect.

ICONICS, OPC UA, and Digital Twins

One specific standard that has helped ICONICS to achieve its IoT goal more than any other standard over the years is OPC UA. ICONICS has created a ‘Digital Twins on Azure’ solution, built on Microsoft’s Azure platform, which provides virtual modeling capabilities for physical environments.

All OMRON Controllers with OPC UA are Certified

The OPC Foundation ensures that OPC UA products have a certain level of reliability through certification testing. In order to support the Foundation in its mission, OMRON is committed to certifying for compliance all of its controllers with an OPC UA interface.

It’s All About Data Security

Secure data exchange between production and management levels is still something of a minefield. The following article addresses the aspects of secure cross-company communication by looking at an OPC UA-based solution from Softing.