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April 26, 2016

OPC Foundation and OpenFog Consortium Agree to Collaborate on Technical Specifications around Fog Computing in Industrial Automation


OPC Foundation and OpenFog Consortium Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Hannover Fair

Scottsdale, AZ – April 26, 2016 – The OPC Foundation and the OpenFog Consortium (OpenFog) announce a liaison to collaborate on technical specifications, white papers, guidelines and processes to enable system wide IoT interoperability around manufacturing.   Deliverables from this collaboration will result in a cohesive set of standards that will benefit digital factories, as well as the members of both organizations in their pursuit of developing and achieving information integration across the multitude of domains.
The OPC Foundation pursues interoperability in industrial automation by creating and maintaining open specifications that standardize communication of acquired process data, alarm and event records, historical data, and batch data to multi-vendor enterprise systems and between production devices. The goal for OPC is for it to be the foundation for interoperability for moving information vertically from the factory floor through the enterprise of multi-vendor systems as well as providing interoperability between devices on different industrial networks from different vendors.

The OpenFog Consortium is a global nonprofit that is defining and advancing fog technology; developing an OpenFog architecture; demonstrating feasibility and interoperability of new concepts through testbeds; and growing the overall market for fog solutions.

At the Hannover Fair, Thomas J. Burke, President and Executive Director of the OPC Foundation and Matt Vasey, Vice President of Business Development and Treasurer/Secretary of OpenFog Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which both organizations agree to closely cooperate in the development and marketing of shared deliverables to foster interoperability. Mr. Burke said, “OpenFog provides a unique opportunity for OPC Foundation members and the overall OPC community at large to develop products that leverage fog technology, and development of solutions for interoperable testbeds”.

“The OpenFog Consortium is pleased to work with the OPC Foundation to help ensure a cohesive set of standards around fog computing in manufacturing environments,” said Matt Vasey.  “This agreement will eliminate redundant work and will help to build interoperability for digital factories and their suppliers and end users.”

About OPC Foundation
Since 1996, the OPC Foundation has facilitated the development and adoption of the OPC information exchange standards. As both advocate and custodian of these specifications, the Foundation’s mission is to help industry vendors, end-users, and software developers maintain interoperability in their manufacturing and automation assets. The OPC Foundation is dedicated to providing the best specifications, technology, process and certification to achieve multivendor, multiplatform, secure, reliable interoperability for moving data and information from the embedded world to the enterprise cloud. The organization serves over 470 members worldwide in the Industrial Automation, IT, IoT, IIoT, M2M, Industrie 4.0, Building Automation, machine tools, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and Smart Energy sectors. For more information about the OPC Foundation, please visit https://opcfoundation.org.

About The OpenFog
The OpenFog Consortium was formed to accelerate the deployment of fog computing technologies through the development of an open architecture that identifies core technologies and capabilities such as distributed computing, networking and storage that will support intelligence at the edge of IoT.  The OpenFog Consortium was formed by ARM, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Microsoft Corp, and Princeton University in November 2015, and has members in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.openfogconsortium.org and on Twitter @openfog.

Media Contacts:
Stefan Hoppe, Vice President
OPC Foundation
Stefan.Hoppe@opcfoundation.org

Thomas J Burke, OPC Foundation President & Executive Director
OPC Foundation
Thomas.Burke@OPCfoundation.org

Matthew Vasey
VP Business Development, Treasurer & Secretary
OpenFog Consortium
Matt_Vasey@openfogconsortium.org

Lynne Canavan
Executive Director
OpenFog Consortium
Lynne_Canavan@openfogconsortium.org