FDT Group announces release of FDT 2.1 specification

  • April 26, 2018
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FDT Group announces release of FDT 2.1 specification
FDT Group announces release of FDT 2.1 specification

April 26, 2018 – FDT Group, an independent, international, not-for-profit standards association supporting FDT technology, announced the release of the FDT 2.1 specification, which is designed to enhance both industrial automation developer and end user experiences focused on security, performance, ease of use, and investment protection. The key technological embellishments in 2.1 set the stage for FDT’s transformation towards a complete, standardized Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) architecture enabling sensor-to-cloud, enterprise-wide connectivity for next-generation automation solutions.

Industry-driven feedback has been the basis for the growth of FDT technology since the release of the original Version 1.2 specification in May 2001. The updated FDT 2.1 standard builds on FDT 2.0, released in April 2012.

“As we enter the era of IIoT, security is at the forefront of each specification revision as FDT is the heartbeat of automation architectures and serves a key integration technology to connect networks and assets,” said Schulz. “FDT 2.1 strengthens our security offerings, allowing validation of signatures for installed Device Type Managers, known as DTMs, and protecting against the possibility of malware in control systems..”

Built upon the enhancements via FDT 2.0, the FDT 2.1 specification maintains FDT Group’s backward compatibility commitment – allowing FDT 2.1 FRAME applications to have a integration capability with all generation DTMs. Forward compatibility also allows FDT 2.0 FRAMES to integrate with 2.1 DTMs and legacy versions, thus protecting investments for the large, global FDT installed base.

Along with the release of FDT 2.1, the companion HART annex specification supporting FDT 2.1 for DTMs will simultaneously launch to accelerate product to market, supporting the installed base of devices that employ this communication protocol. Additional protocol annexes are planned for release throughout the remainder of the year.

From the beginning, FDT technology has set the stage for open, standardized integration for bi-lateral communication and access to asset analytics across the enterprise. FDT 2.1 provides the means for moving into IIoT initiatives of FDT-enabled systems empowering the intelligent enterprise through creation of a single system infrastructure that standardizes the connection of disparate automation assets.  

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