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Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a new OPC Foundation member

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OPC Foundation is proud to welcome Amazon Web Services 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.”

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