FDT Group and ODVA announce addition of FDT 3.0 support to Common Industrial Protocol

  • May 27, 2020
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FDT Group and ODVA announce addition of FDT 3.0 support to Common Industrial Protocol
FDT Group and ODVA announce addition of FDT 3.0 support to Common Industrial Protocol

May 27, 2020 – FDT Group, an independent, international, not-for-profit industry association supporting the evolution of FDT technology, announced its continued partnership with ODVA, Inc. to add support for FDT’s latest 3.0 architecture solution, incorporating the FDT IIoT Server (FITS™), to the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP). CIP-based networks such as EtherNet/IP lead network communications for both the process and factory automation sectors, who will directly benefit from the emerging communication annex supporting the FITS platform.

FDT and ODVA share a common core mission that includes advancing open, interoperable information and communication exchange for the industrial automation marketplace. The industry associations have cooperated on the ability to integrate devices implementing ODVA technologies (EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, ControlNet and CompoNet) and standards into the FDT ecosystem for more than 15 years. Their most recent work resulted in a CIP annex supporting the FDT 2.0 desktop and client/server architecture, which enables nesting through all the networks and in combination with any other network supported by the current version of the FDT standard. This effort allowed any CIP-based FDT Device Type Manager (FDT/DTM) to integrate with any FDT-based hosting environment in a plug-and-play manner.

The release of the FDT 3.0 standard is imminent, and once released, will execute FDT Group’s digital transformation pathway to connect and empower the intelligent enterprise supporting the new era of automation for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 applications. Based on industry-driven feedback, the FITS platform supports skid-to-cloud deployment, a security architecture, remote access and mobility, IT/OT integration, and compatibility.

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