OPC Unified Architecture

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Mahnke, Wolfgang, ABB Corporate Research
Leitner, Stefan-Helmut, ABB Corporate Research
Damm, Matthias, ascolab GmbH
2009, Approx. 310 p. 100 illus., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-3-540-68898-3
© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

The OPC Foundation defines standards for online data exchange between automation systems. They address access to current data (OPC DA), alarms and events (OPC A&E) and historical data (OPC HDA). Those standards are successfully applied in industrial automation.

The new OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) unifies the existing standards and brings them to state-of-the-art technology using service-oriented architecture (SOA).

Platform-independent technology allows the deployment of OPC UA beyond current OPC applications only running on Windows-based PC systems. OPC UA can also run on embedded systems as well as Linux / UNIX based enterprise systems. The provided information can be generically modeled and therefore arbitrary information models can be provided using OPC UA.

The authors provide an easy to understand introduction into OPC UA and explain the concepts of the standard and other relevant topics that are not directly addressed by the standard.

“This book provides you a solid foundation to learn everything you could ever want to know about developing world-class products for multi-vendor interoperability based on OPC UA.”
Tom Burke, President and Executive Director OPC Foundation

“This book, written by key authors and contributors to the OPC UA specification and coding effort, represents the best way to learn and use OPC UA in your programming and design tasks.”
Jim Luth, Technical Director OPC Foundation

About the authors

Wolfgang Mahnke holds a PhD in the area of databases and information systems and works for the Industrial Software Systems program of ABB Corporate Research. He is the editor of the Address Space Model and the Information Model parts of the OPC UA specification.

Stefan-Helmut Leitner works at ABB Corporate Research in the area of Industrial Software Technologies. He has been involved in various topics regarding OPC UA such as the development of the ANSI-C protocol stack and certificate management. He has the editing responsibility for the Security Model part of the OPC UA specification.

Matthias Damm is Executive Director and co-founder of ascolab where he is responsible for OPC consulting and certification. For ten years he has been actively involved in OPC standardization, especially in the areas of compliance testing and OPC UA. He is the editor of the Services part of the OPC UA specification.