ICONICS and KEPWARE produce first OPC-UA solution

From Tim Donaldson's press release: ICONICS is pleased to announce a new Partnership agreement with Kepware has been signed  that will result in the first Complete OPC-UA solution.  The complete Press Release is below and attached.  Any questions please  let me  know.   ICONICS and Kepware Announce OPC-UA Partnership Introducing First End to End, OPC-UA-Integrated Solution FOXBOROUGH, MA — May 6, 2008 — Today, ICONICS, an award-winning Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and provider of Web-enabled, OPC-based, HMI/SCADA Visualization and Manufacturing Intelligence software for Microsoft Windows® operating systems, announced an agreement with Kepware Technologies, a leader in OPC device communications for automation.   ICONICS and Kepware have signed a partnership agreement to create the world’s first total end-to-end OPC-UA solution. The “ICONICS OPC-UA KEPServer” integrates HMI/SCADA and visualization with a rich library of device connectivity from Kepware. This OPC-UA, 64-bit solution handles several different I/O devices and is certified for Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. The solution is truly OPC–UA–To-The-Core™ and uses Web Services technology, making it simple to integrate plant floor visualization with Manufacturing Intelligence and Enterprise solutions.   “ICONICS and Kepware have been working together for more than 10 years and have recently signed a partnership agreement to provide the first end-to-end OPC-UA solution,” said Russ Agrusa, President and CEO of ICONICS. “Both our companies were instrumental in helping create the OPC-UA standard and we are excited to be delivering products based on OPC-UA.”   “We see ICONICS as a leader in OPC technology” said Roy Kok, VP of Marketing and Sales for Kepware Technologies. “ICONICS is an early adaptor of OPC-UA and we are happy to have them as a partner, proving that OPC-UA technology is now ready. ICONICS is the first HMI/SCADA partner to deliver KEPServerEX with OPC-UA.” “ICONICS and Kepware are both leading developers of OPC Unified Architecture solutions,” said Tom Burke, President of the OPC Foundation. “Both companies are pioneers in bringing OPC-UA from the theoretical into the physical and practical. This partnership agreement now makes OPC-UA a reality.”   According to Craig Resnick, Research Director, ARC Advisory Group, “OPC-UA is intended to expand the framework for moving information between applications in the enterprise space by taking the existing OPC specifications and integrating them all together, leveraging Web Services as the key technology enabler in the new architecture for deploying applications such as asset management and true resource modeling that can utilize the OPC-UA specifications to move data and information.  This is why it is critical to manufacturers that any OPC-UA solution being implemented is sourced from partners who have extensive experience in deploying existing OPC solutions, which is certainly the case for both ICONICS and Kepware.”   ICONICS solutions are well known in the industrial automation software marketplace and are used in a wide variety of applications worldwide. ICONICS’ GENESIS64, GENESIS32 and BizViz products are recognized for their visualization capabilities and seamless integration with all Microsoft operating systems and applications, bridging information from “the shop floor to the top floor.”   ICONICS has provided award-winning industrial automation and Manufacturing Intelligence software for over 21 years, successfully deploying more than 225,000 solutions worldwide.