SafetyStructureSignature is used to check the number, data types and order of application data transmitted in SafetyData. If the SafetyConsumer is expecting anything different than what the SafetyProvider actually provides, SafetyStructureSignature will differ, allowing the SafetyConsumer to enable fail-safe substitute values.

In addition, also the identifier of the structure type (StructureIdentifier) is taken into account when calculating SafetyStructureSignature. This ensures that the SafetyProvider and SafetyConsumer are using the same identifier for the structure type, effectively avoiding any confusion.

For instance, if a SafetyProvider defines a structure with identifier “vec3D_m” comprising three floats containing a three-dimensional vector in the metric system, this structure could not be used by a SafetyConsumer expecting a structure of type “vec3D_in” where the vector components are given in inch, or even at a SafetyConsumer expecting a structure of type “orientation”, containing three floats to define an orientation using Euler angles.

[RQ8.16] StructureSignature shall be calculated as CRC32-signature (polynomial: 0x F4ACFB13, see Annex B.1) over StructureIdentifier (encoding: UTF-8), StructureSignatureVersion and the sequence of the DataType IDs. After each datatype ID, a 16-bit zero-value (0x0000) shall be inserted.

The terminating zero of StructureIdentifier shall not be considered when calculating the CRC.

[RQ8.17] StructureIdentifier shall be visible in the OPC UA information model for diagnostic purposes, but shall not be evaluated by the SafetyConsumer during runtime.

[RQ8.18] For version V1.0 of the specification, the value for StructureSignatureVersion shall be 0x0001.


StructureIdentifier, e.g. “foo” = 0x66,0x6f,0x6f

StructureSignatureVersion:= 0x0001

1. DataType Int16: (Id = 0x0004), // see Clause 6.4

2. DataType Boolean: (Id = 0x0001),

3. DataType Float32: (Id =0x000A)

StructureSignature := CRC32(0x66,0x6f,0x6f, 0x00,0x01,0x00,0x00, 0x00,0x04, 0x00,0x00, 0x00,0x01, 0x00,0x00, 0x00,0x0A)

NOTE: The insertion of 0x0000 values before the DataType ID, allows for introducing arrays in later version of OPC UA Safety.

The DataType ID can be found at the DataType or at the derived DataType.

The OPC UA Information model supports not only built-in DataTypes, but also allows for DataTypes derived from built-in DataTypes. In case of derived DataTypes, the Data Structure CRC uses the ID of a built-in DataType (which is found at the end of the tree).

Example: the base type "enumeration" is derived from the DataType Int32 (ID=6); therefore, an ID of 6 is used whenever the DataType “enumeration” is used in SafetyData.

In this version of the specification, arrays are not supported. Instead, multiple variables of the same type are used.