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OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) is the data exchange standard for safe, reliable, manufacturer- and platform-independent industrial communication. It enables data exchange between products from different manufacturers and across operating systems. ... With the introduction of Service-Oriented-Architecture (SOA) in industrial automation systems in 2007, OPC UA started to offer a scalable, platformindependent solution which combines the benefits of web services and integrated security with a consistent data model. (Thomas J. Burke, President und Executive Director OPC Foundation). OPC UA is a key element of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT). It enables horizontal and vertical integration across various levels of the automation pyramid, from the sensor to the ERP system. OPC UA forms the basis for M2M and M2H communication (machine to machine and machine to human) thanks to common industrial interoperability standards. With the exception of time-critical data...

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