Articles & News on Connectivity & Cybersecurity

VDMA Robotics + Automation starts development of OPC UA Companion Specification for joining technologies

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The initiative "Industrial Joining Technologies (IJT)" describes all joining technologies used for manufacturing processes such as riveting, welding, gluing and tightening. The scope of the specification was developed with the help of DIN 8580 and shows which joining processes can be classified under Industrial Joining Technologies (see figure).

FieldComm Group version 1.2 of Field Device Integration standard including support for HTML5, JSON and OPC UA

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Announced in conjunction with the availability of version 1.2 of the FDI specifications (IEC 62769), this release of the FDI Device Package Integrated Development Environment (FDI-IDE) provides enhancements for field instrument software developers.

Abaco Systems announces move to Huntsville, Alabama headquarters

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The move provides Abaco with the head room and resources that will allow the company to continue to develop the embedded computing technologies and solutions that have enabled it to become a supplier to the defense market.

EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) releases EtherCAT Device Protocol Poster

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The poster deals with the basics of EtherCAT technology, the EtherCAT Device Protocol (EDP), and provides a visual overview of EtherCAT. It describes the basic functional principles of EtherCAT, the structure of the frame and its processing in the EtherCAT Slave Controller (ESC).

Purdue University announces opening of SOL4CE Cyber/Cyber-Physical Laboratory

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The SOL4CE (Scalable Open Laboratory for Cyber Experimentation) is a collaborative initiative between CERIAS, the interdisciplinary cyber/cyber-physical security research institute, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories.

HANNOVER MESSE 2020 to focus on 5G, industrial climate protection

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With its keynote theme of Industrial Transformation, HANNOVER MESSE 2020 focuses on the opportunities presented by innovative technologies, steadily growing and ever more readily available amounts of data, and a growing awareness of climate protection.

Ponemon Institute report: Security professionals anticipate automation will reduce IT security headcount

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Overall, the majority of companies (77 percent) continue to use or plan to use automation in the next three years. The biggest takeaway in this year’s study is that the majority of respondents (51 percent) now believe that automation will decrease headcount in the IT security function, an increase from 30 percent in last year’s study.

IEC standards committee SC 48B publishes IEC 63171-6 standard for Single Pair Ethernet interfaces in industrial applications

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IEC 63171-6 is the international standard for Single Pair Ethernet interfaces in industrial applications. The editor is the IEC committee SC 48B copper connectors. The mating face standard IEC 63171-6 T1 Industrial Style was the first standard submitted by HARTING to SC 48B for a Single Pair Ethernet mating face as early as 2016.

TÜV Rheinland releases report: Cybersecurity Trends for 2020

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The report is a collaboration between many of TÜV Rheinland‘s Cybersecurity experts globally, and discusses seven key Cybersecurity trends which will be important to be aware of in 2020. These include attacks on smart supply chains, threats to medical equipment and weaknesses in real-time operating systems.

World Economic Forum 2020 - Fourth Industrial Revolution or Evolution?

  • by Bill Lydon
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By Bill Lydon, Contributing Editor
Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies are disrupting the manufacturing industry, and that disruption has risen to the highest levels: a topic for discussion at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in late January