A protocol- and system-independent software architecture is needed to secure the benefits of digitalization, Industrie 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and similar initiatives. These efforts require devices and systems that can cross-file and do other tasks, which in turn, necessitates IIoT interoperability and the ability to describe those devices and systems.
The interoperable, scalable and secure OPC Unified Architecture (UA) is a promising candidate for this job because it can work with companion specifications, and it networks with different partners, including FieldComm Group.
Software systems like Field Device Integration (FDI), based on OPC UA, support a new level of innovation with data modeling that allows disparate protocols to behave uniformly at the application software level. FieldComm Group maintains tools and components for the important FDI initiative.
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