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link to arbitrary, live automation data, that is, data that represents currently valid information
- device data (such as temperature sensors),
- calculated data,
- status information (open/closed, moving),
- dynamically-changing system data (such as stock quotes),
- diagnostic data.
DataItemsthat represent continuously-variable physical quantities (e.g., length, temperature), in contrast to the digital representation of data in discrete items
Note 1to entry: Typical examples are the values provided by temperature sensors or pressure sensors. OPC UA defines a specific VariableTypeto identify an AnalogItem. Propertiesdescribe the possible ranges of AnalogItems.
DataItems that represent data that may take on only a certain number of possible values (e.g., OPENING, OPEN, CLOSING, CLOSED)
DataItemsthat represent continuously-variable physical quantities and where each individual data point consists of multiple values represented by an array (e.g., the spectral response of a digital filter)
units of measurement for AnalogItemsthat represent continuously-variable physical quantities (e.g., length, mass, time, temperature)