An important use case is AutomationComponent replacement. If an identical replacement (same manufacturer, model, and firmware) is unavailable, the vendor may be shipping a compatible substitute with updated hardware or firmware.
Asset compatibility verification provides functionality to verify whether a specific Asset’s properties match or are compatible (e.g., a newer firmware that is backwards compatible) with what was expected by system engineering.
Knowledge about Asset (and/or firmware) compatibility typically only exists with the vendor of a specific Asset. Thus, compatibility may only be able to be determined by vendor-specific tools or a vendor’s Asset.