Story image

Microsoft brings the power of IoT to the manufacturing industry

26 Apr 2016

Microsoft is working with the OPC Foundation to enable greater application of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the manufacturing industry.

In supporting the OPC UA standard across IoT offerings, including Azure IoT Suite and Universal Windows Platform, Microsoft will further enable its industrial IoT customers to connect a broad range of manufacturing equipment and software, according to the company.

Interoperability between devices and assets is critical for today's factories, which are increasingly bringing new and legacy systems online and modernising their plants and facilities, Microsoft says.

OPC UA provides a standardised communication, security, and metadata and semantics abstraction for the majority of industrial equipment. It also serves as a gateway to cloud-enabled industrial equipment, including data and device management, insights, and machine learning capabilities for equipment that was not de­signed with these capabilities built in.

Microsoft's extended support for the OPC UA open source software stack spans its IoT offerings, from local connectivity with Windows devices to cloud connectivity via the Microsoft Azure platform.

Integration with Azure IoT allows customers to send OPC UA telemetry data to the Azure cloud, as well as to command and control their OPC UA devices remotely from the Azure cloud. In addition, Windows 10 devices running the Universal Windows Platform can connect and openly communicate with other IoT devices via OPC UA.

"As Industry 4.0 reaches a tipping point, we believe that openness and interoperability between hardware, software and services will help manufacturers transform how they operate and create solutions that benefit employees' productivity," says Sam George, Microsoft Azure Internet of Things director.

"Microsoft's support of OPC UA in Azure IoT and Windows IoT will reduce barriers to industrial IoT adoption and help deliver immediate value,” he says.

"OPC UA is widely recognised as a key communication technology for the Industry 4.0 initiative," says Thomas J. Burke, OPC Foundation president and executive director.

"Microsoft's support for standards that foster IoT innovation, and specifically for OPC and OPC UA, results in easy, direct and more secure communications from programmable logic controllers on the shop floor to the top-floor world of IT,” he says.

"OPC UA is the single, neutral, widely accepted standard to embrace the complex world of automation devices to easily and securely connect them everywhere," says Stefan Hoppe, OPC Foundation vice president.

"With the adoption by Microsoft to its Windows 10 operating system and Azure cloud, the OPC UA standard passes the critical milestone of general acceptance by the broader IT world,” he says.

Cryptomining apps discovered on Microsoft’s app store
It is believed that the eight apps were likely developed by the same person or group.
A multi-cloud approach - what is in it for me?
OVH CEO Michel Paulin explains the benefits of a multi-cloud approach to an organisations digitalisation and what to consider before implementation.
IDC: Top 10 trends for Australia’s digital transformation
The CDO title is declining, 35% of us will be working with bots, the Net Promoter Score will be key to success, and more.
Why the IT service integration market is becoming highly automated
"The SIAM market is not large, but it is one of the fundamental pillars of every digital transformation strategy."
Intel and Rakuten partner to address 5G network gap
“We believe this full end-to-end virtualised network will help us to shift away from reliance on dedicated hardware and legacy infrastructure.”
Exclusive: How Australian businesses can foster customer loyalty with CX
From boardrooms to meeting rooms, there’s an overwhelming recognition of the importance of CX, particularly when it comes to building customer loyalty.
Spoofs, forgeries, and impersonations plague inboxes
It pays to double check any email that lands in your inbox, because phishing attacks are so advanced that they can now literally originate from a genuine sender’s account – but those emails are far from genuine.
HCL and IBM collaborate to encourage global hybrid cloud uptake
HCL announced a collaboration with IBM designed to help advance the hybrid cloud journeys of organisations worldwide.