These interactive walls demonstrate vendor devices from different verticals showing a bidirectional connection to Azure:
- Device-to-Cloud (D2C): Devices push telemetry data to the Azure IoT platform
- Cloud-to-Device (C2D): Allows secure browsing of the rich OPC UA information model from the Azure IoT platform and optionally “command and control” machines
Jason Zander, Corp. Vice President Microsoft Azure said during the opening ceremony of the Microsoft Innovation Center in Taiwan: “We see OPC UA as a critical standard for ensuring interoperability between manufacturing processes and equipment, spanning decades of investment for many companies. We have been working with the OPC Foundation on building up 40 OPC UA devices walls which are currently being distributed to the Microsoft Executive Briefing Center in Redmond, worldwide Microsoft Technology Centers, the IoT Labs in Redmond, Germany and China and the newly established IoT Innovation Center in Taiwan, to demonstrate the strong ecosystem with connected OPC UA devices and the Connected Factory preconfigured solution running on the Azure IoT platform.”
“Microsoft is truly committed to the OPC Foundation vision of complete interoperability from the embedded world to the cloud. The Azure IoT Suite Connected Factory walls are an outstanding international demonstration of Microsoft and major automation vendors to provide OPC UA enabled solutions that truly meet and exceed the expectations of the end-user community,” says OPC Foundation Vice President Stefan Hoppe.
About OPC UA
OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) is a platform and vendor independent communication technology for a secure and reliable data exchange over the different levels of the automation pyramid. In addition, the information models of the OPC UA standard provide the foundation for semantic interoperability.
For more information, please visit: www.opcfoundation.org