The mission of the OPC Foundation is to manage a global organization in which users, vendors and consortia collaborate to create data transfer standards for multi-vendor, multi-platform, secure and reliable interoperability in industrial automation.
Stefan Hoppe, President & Executive Director, OPC Foundation
World’s leading community for interoperability solutions
The OPC Foundation is the world’s leading community for industrial interoperability solutions based on OPC communication specifications that deliver universal connectivity. The mission of this community of vendors, end-users, integrators, and educators is to advance the development, adoption, and certification of OPC products.
Education, awareness, and adoption of the OPC specifications
OPC is the interoperability standard for secure, reliable, and platform-independent information exchange. It provides open connectivity by defining an interface between clients and servers, as between servers and other servers, for different fields of applications.
With over 750 OPC Foundation members and tens of thousands of OPC-compliant products, the OPC Foundation promotes education, awareness, and adoption of the OPC specifications through global compliance and collaboration programs. As the official source for the OPC Certification Program, the OPC Foundation helps ensure that OPC products plug-and-play in real-world applications. For more information, visit www.opcfoundation.org.
OPC UA Eliminates M2M Language Difficulties
Developing Together – Acting with Confidence
Scalable from Sensor to the Cloud
+45,000 OPC UA Compatible Products
OPC Technology is Open Source
+50 Free Companion Specifications
True End- to-End Encryption
Automatic Certificate Management Included
OPC UA Supports All Languages
The Solution for All Industries
Stefan Hoppe, President and Executive Director, OPC Foundation in an Interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global.
NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF OPC
Globalization has contributed to the fact that modern economic contacts and alliances, as well as global goods and information streams are in communication and movement around the clock.
Despite the difficulties of building a strong, international network, the advantages of globalization for economic growth in numerous countries worldwide outweigh any challenges. Especially when the spoken language is already perceived as an obstacle because two partners come from different language backgrounds, M2M communication is all the more effective.
The OPC Foundation has addressed this challenge of a universal, global language by developing a new information exchange standard for all. And they have found great success. The number of Foundation members is growing rapidly.
Today, more than 700 companies worldwide are already involved in the global association. According to Stefan Hoppe, President and Executive Director of the OPC Foundation, one of the Foundation's greatest strengths is its independence. Stefan Hoppe believes that this ensures neutrality, which is essential for a globally usable standard.
Together with Olaf Wilmsmeier, Business Development Manager RFID, Harting IT Software Development, who was instrumental in developing the first OPC Unified Architecture for AutoID Companion Specification with AIM Germany (AIM-D) that was presented at the Hannover Trade Fair in 2016, the OPC President looks back at achievements and forward to future opportunities, as well as challenges and limitations – for instance in the area of security.
In 2017, the OPC Foundation released several key developments including a new Publish/Subscribe model, founded new subsidiaries such as OPC Korea, and opened new certification labs. In 2018, the company will continue to drive forward the adoption and adaption of the global interoperability standard for Industry 4.0 and the IIoT with new publications, new companion specifications, and new high-profile partnerships such as Huawei and Samsung.
Stefan Hoppe, Global Vice President, OPC Foundation, in an interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global