This document OPC 30090 was created by a joint working group of the OPC Foundation and the FDT Group. It defines an OPC UA Information Model to represent the FDT architectural models. The OPC UA Information Model for FDT represents device information which is provided based on FDT/DTMs.
OPC is the interoperability standard for the secure and reliable exchange of data and information in the industrial automation space and in other industries. It is platform independent and ensures the seamless flow of information among devices from multiple vendors. The OPC Foundation is responsible for the development and maintenance of this standard.
OPC UA is a platform independent service-oriented architecture that integrates all the functionality of the individual OPC Classic specifications into one extensible framework. This multi-layered approach accomplishes the original design specification goals of:
- Platform independence: from an embedded microcontroller to cloud-based infrastructure
- Secure: encryption, authentication, authorization and auditing
- Extensible: ability to add new features including transports without affecting existing applications
- Comprehensive information modelling capabilities: for defining any model from simple to complex
The FDT Group’s mission is to promote, enhance and support the usage of FDT Technology in Factory Automation, Process Automation and Hybrid Applications, to preserve end users’ and automation manufacturers’ investments by providing state-of-the-art technology that is fully backward compatible, to ensure stability, interoperability and compatibility of FDT based products by ensuring that they are rigorously tested and certified and to continuously maintain the FDT standard consistent with leading-edge technology.
FDT standardizes the communication and configuration interface between all field devices and host systems. FDT provides a common environment for accessing the devices’ most sophisticated features. Any device can be configured, operated, and maintained through the standardized user interface – regardless of supplier, type or communication protocol.