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April 2018

President’s Welcome – April 2018

The months of April and May are shaping up to be a momentous time for the OPC Foundation. We will be exhibiting at Hannover Messe, Hall 9 – Booth A11, at the end of April for which excitement has grown to a fever pitch.
The long-anticipated OPC UA PubSub standard has been released expanding even further the breadth of applications for our technologies.
Finally, membership in the OPC Foundation has reached an all-time high due to demand from the industry for OPC UA enabled products. Is your company a member?
Please enjoy this edition of OPC Connect!

OPC Foundation Announces OPC UA PubSub Release

PubSub enables further adoption of OPC UA at the deepest levels of the shop-floor where controllers, sensors, and embedded devices typically require optimized, low power, and low-latency communications on local networks. It is also is relevant for cloud connected architectures.

OPC Foundation Announces Updated IPR Policy

On April 3, 2018, the OPC Foundation (OPCF) Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt a new Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy. We have simplified and improved our terms, following industry best practices. The new policy and will be binding on all OPCF members effective May 9, 2018.

OPC Foundation Announces IEC 61850 Companion Spec Release

The OPC UA for IEC 61850 Companion Specification was created to support the integration of electrical aspects into an industrial plant. It defines an OPC UA Information Model to represent electrical substation automation systems. The focus is on data exchange between a gateway and the devices that control electrical networks.

Collaboration Update – April 2018

The OPC Foundation has partnered with many consortia for the primary purpose of developing an OPC UA companion specification. This allows the consortia partner members and the OPC Foundation members to take advantage of the rich feature set of the OPC UA technology providing data exchange services from the lowest level devices into the cloud. 

OPC Foundation Upcoming Events

The OPC Foundation conducts and attends numerous events throughout the year that showcase OPC technology and its member’s solutions. These include trade shows, conferences, technology training, interoperability events, and attendance at select member functions.

OPC UA – The Security Solution for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vision of a world where billions of smart devices collaborate with each other across the Internet. Fortunately, OPC UA has an end-to-end security solution that ensures privacy and integrity of data sent via a broker (like AMQP or MQTT).

How & Why End-Users Should Deploy OPC UA from Beeond, Inc.

End-users in manufacturing, oil & gas, energy, and building automation are all in the early stages of deploying OPC UA. But still many companies struggle to understand the business benefits and to justify the investment of transforming their current technology infrastructure to OPC UA. Here’s a 5-step guide.

Six Ways to Reduce OPC Development Time & Cost from Software Toolbox

The OPC standards have made a significant impact to industrial software interoperability over the last 23 years, and the adoption of OPC UA continues to accelerate. To address these growing needs, the latest version of Software Toolbox’s OPC Data Client development toolkit for OPC clients focuses on the productivity and application time to market for any active developer of custom OPC Client software applications.