ICONICS reinforces OPC-UA commitment

  • October 03, 2007
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Houston, TX - ISA ‘07 — October 3, 2007 — ICONICS announced its ongoing commitment to the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC-UA) standard. OPC-UA is a robust, secure and scalable expansion of the highly successful basic COM/DCOM-based OPC standard communication protocol. OPC-UA allows the interoperability of best-of-breed real-time, alarm management and historian systems. This allows for a standard model of plant floor integration with the enterprise. Any plant system that is currently using OPC communications can easily add OPC-UA applications to their existing system, giving them the added value of Web services that allow for more enterprise connectivity. ICONICS’ new GENESIS64 is truly “OPC-To-The-Core,” exemplifying the next generation of OPC Data Access, OPC Alarm and Events and OPC Historical Data Access. The built-in technology allows for secure, open connectivity from plants and facilities to the enterprise level. ICONICS is a charter member of the OPC foundation and plays a key role in assisting with the OPC-UA specification. ICONICS president and CEO Russ Agrusa is an OPC Foundation Board Member as well as the Marketing Chairman and Director, leading the Foundation's efforts in marketing OPC technology and generating new members. ICONICS was first to introduce an OPC production-grade toolkit to the market, and more than 300 companies depend on ICONICS for their OPC toolkit today. “OPC-UA is an important building block in the development of our ‘next generation’ industrial automation software solutions,” said Russ Agrusa, President and CEO of ICONICS. “Its benefits will be especially evident in future ICONICS solutions.” "ICONICS is a leading provider and early adopter of OPC-based solutions and consistently demonstrates their commitment to the OPC Foundation," said Tom Burke, President of the OPC Foundation. "I am pleased to see that ICONICS is leading OPC-UA adoption with full support of OPC-UA in their flagship software suites." “The OPC Foundation’s Unified Architecture is a technology driven by the trend towards decentralization and interoperability”, said Craig Resnick, Research Director at ARC Advisory Group. “OPC recognizes the need for technology that suppliers such as ICONICS will employ in pursuit of universal, standardized and interoperable solutions, which provide a uniform, standards-based protocol for transparency, integration and a central view of all data and functions from the plant floor to the enterprise. OPC-UA is intended to provide the framework for moving information between applications in the enterprise space by taking the existing OPC specifications and tying them all together, leveraging Web Services as the key technology enabler in the new architecture.” ICONICS has been providing award-winning industrial automation and Manufacturing Intelligence software for over 20 years and has successfully deployed more than 225,000 solutions worldwide. ICONICS solutions meet diverse customer needs in a variety of industries including Automotive, Building Management, Food & Beverage, Oil/Gas/Petrochemical, Machine Builders, Pharmaceutical/Biotech, Security, Water/Wastewater, Utilities, Government Infrastructures and more. ICONICS Background Information Founded in 1986, ICONICS is a leader in the development of Web-enabled industrial automation and manufacturing intelligence software for Microsoft Windows operating systems. Offering the industry's only suite of fully-integrated OPC-based components and products, GENESIS32 Enterprise Edition is available for Windows XP, XP Professional x64, Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 x64. Pocket GENESIS for Windows CE and Pocket PC was built from the ground up based on ICONICS' OPC-To-The-Core framework. BizViz is a suite of manufacturing and business intelligence products, which bridge the gap between manufacturing and corporate business information systems. BizViz is designed around Microsoft .NET technology and Microsoft SharePoint Services. ICONICS also offers a complete set of Plug and Play automation components, including best-in-class OPC ActiveX Controls, OPC Toolkit, Human Machine Interface (HMI), Microsoft SQL Server-based data logging, Multimedia Alarming, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) products. ICONICS is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner represented in over 60 countries, and has more than 225,000 product installations worldwide.

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