GE launches Global Discovery Server as first to utilize new OPC-UA standard

By Aaron Hurd

Jun 03, 2015

GE has announced it is the first to implement a new Global Discovery Server based on new OPC-UA standards, enabling the Industrial Internet with improved ease of connectivity across devices and equipment. The Proficy Global Discover Server (GDS) automatically discovers OPC UA devices on the network and connects to them with no configuration, saving time and reducing costs.

By standardizing on OPC UA and launching the Global Discovery Server, the company is further enabling the Industrial Internet with improved ease of connectivity across devices and equipment, secure-by-design methodologies, and significantly richer context for data, providing a foundation for cloud-based systems and asset performance management. The technology supports both the push and pull of certificates.

 “Companies today need connectivity, secure-by-design, data in context to enable the Industrial Internet,” said Jim Walsh, President and General Manager of GE Intelligent Platforms Software. “We have been working closely with the OPC Foundation to help design this specification, and now our customers will reap the benefits of connected systems and the ability to manage asset performance.”

GE has also released a new version of the company’s CIMPLICITY HMI/SCADA product, the fastest SCADA on the market made specifically for complex operations. CIMPLICITY is now an OPC UA Client and future releases will deliver more OPC UA client and server capability. As an OPC UA-enabled HMI/SCADA, CIMPLICITY can aggregate data from other OPC UA devices, add context to that data for analysis, and even provide that contextual data to other OPC UA servers at other system layers within an enterprise. 

“Companies around the world are working with multiple OS platforms across their organizations,” Walsh continued. “By standardizing on OPC UA, GE is alleviating the issues involved with multiple platforms, including Windows, iOS, and Android.”

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