What is OPC-UA?

OPC-UA (Unified Architecture) is an open standard that specifies information exchange for industrial communication, particularly on devices within machines, between machines and from machines to systems in a convergence of informational technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). 

It is compatible with any platform: windows, linux, mac, android, etc. and can be used with minimal embedded controllers to massive cloud infrastructure, even mobile devices. It is suitable for a closed network or for being used over the internet – but has security at it’s core meaning authentication, encryption and access control are all baked into this protocol.

OPC-UA has been widely adopted in many industries such as automotive, food & beverage, oil & gas, energy & utility, packaging, building automation and more. 

Industry 4.0 requirements for OPC-UA:

Vendor Agnostic ✅ 
Scalable ✅ 
Secure ✅ 
Information Modeling ✅ 
Discovery ✅ 
Semantic Data ✅ 
Standardised ✅ 

What's the difference between OPC-DA and OPC-UA?

OPC-DA comes under the OPC Classic model. OPC Classic uses DCOM communication for Client-Server connection. DCOM is for Windows OS. And, DCOM and RPC ports aren’t as engineer-friendly.

For this reason, OPC-UA does not rely on DCOM communication and is operating system (OS) agnostic. As well as this OPC-UA has many more attributes/properties that can be shared between client and server. 

 OPC-DA, is an older version of OPC specification. The only information which was transferred between server and client was VQT (Value Quality and Time).

OPC-UA to MQTT adapter

The ability to take OPC-UA messages and transcribe them to MQTT is extremely useful because typically, these two communications protocols will not communicate with each other. OPC-UA will gather concepts from data: objects, type, device, value, etc. MQTT on the other hand is preferred by developers due to its ease of use, speed and user-friendliness.

For this reason MQTT is a standard protocol for our solutions, which is why we have created these easy protocol adapters for OPC-UA, BACnet and more.

To learn more and understand how our solution can fit into your system. Please get in touch with our team.

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