The OPC Foundation Welcomes Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a New Member

  • February 10, 2021
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The OPC Foundation Welcomes Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a New Member
The OPC Foundation Welcomes Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a New Member

Feb 8, 2021 - Today, the OPC Foundation is proud to welcome Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company (NASDAQ: AMZN) as the latest OPC Foundation member. In the industrial sector, manufacturers around the world are adopting AWS as their industrial data platform to take advantage of AI and machine learning capabilities needed to drive operational efficiencies in their Smart Factories. One of the challenges manufacturers face however, is extracting data from industrial assets such as PLCs, DCSs, SCADA systems and Data Historians at scale.

Based on OPC Unified Architecture (UA) market acceptance and functionality, AWS adopted OPC UA to support the complex data connectivity challenges manufacturers face implementing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 initiatives. Specifically, AWS makes available OPC UA-enabled tools and a portfolio of services that extend cloud functionality into industrial operations. The tools enable manufactures to readily ingest OPC UA-based data from industrial assets using AWS IoT Greengrass connectors into AWS IoT SiteWise or their IIoT applications on AWS.

AWS’s decision to join the OPC Foundation demonstrates its commitment to enabling manufacturers’ industrial applications with common standards like OPC UA to improve data access and availability in the cloud and at the edge, and to help improve innovation, scalability and agility.

“By joining the OPC Foundation, AWS is excited to collaborate with industrial automation leaders as the manufacturing industry continues to transform, powered by data and innovation,” commented Sanat Joshi, director of Global Business Development for Manufacturing, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

Stefan Hoppe, president and executive director of the OPC Foundation, said, "It is an honor to welcome AWS to the OPC Foundation. Cloud service providers like AWS are enabling Industrial IoT solutions today that are transforming how manufacturers, producers, and others use control automation.”  Mr. Hoppe continued, “AWS’s adoption of OPC UA and its active participation in the community as an OPC Foundation member shows its commitment to open standards-based data connectivity.”  
 

About Amazon Web Services

For 14 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 175 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 77 Availability Zones (AZs) within 24 geographic regions, with announced plans for 18 more Availability Zones and six more AWS Regions in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs.
 

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.
 

About the OPC Foundation

Since 1996, the OPC Foundation has facilitated the development and adoption of the OPC information exchange standards. As both advocate and custodian of these specifications, the Foundation's mission is to help industry vendors, end-users, and software developers maintain interoperability in their manufacturing and automation assets. The OPC Foundation provides the best specifications, technology, process, and certification to achieve multivendor, multiplatform, secure, reliable, interoperability for moving data and information from the embedded world to the enterprise cloud. The Foundation serves over 800 members worldwide in the Industrial Automation, IT, IoT, IIoT, M2M, Industrie 4.0, Building Automation, machine tools, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and Smart Energy sectors.


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