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Microsoft demonstration walls highlight Azure Industrial IoT

Microsoft partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Honeywell, Mitsubishi, Rockwell, Siemens, Schneider, Beckhoff, Harting and Leuze showing the Microsoft "Connected Factory".

A purpose of the Azure IoT demonstration wall is to illustrate device-to-cloud and cloud-to-device connectivity.

OPC FOUNDATION HAS DELIVERED the first "Azure IoT Suite Connected Factory" demonstration walls that will be displayed internationally at the Microsoft Technology Centers. These interactive walls demonstrate vendor devices from different verticals showing a bidirectional connection to Azure:

  • Device-to-Cloud (D2C): Devices push telemetry data to the Azure IoT platform
  • Cloud-to-Device (C2D): Allows secure browsing of rich OPC UA information model from Azure IoT platform and "command and control" machines

Microsoft first demonstrated OPC UA integration into Azure IoT Suite at Hanover fair in April 2016. Over 30 companies participated by providing OPC UA enabled devices for an integrated Connected Factory demonstration. This Hanover demonstration was later turned into a decision by Microsoft and the OPC Foundation to actively promote the Connected Factory demonstration by developing freestanding OPC UA demonstration walls. The Connected Factory demonstrates the OPC UA technology as a solution for Industrial IoT, Industrie 4.0, Made in China 2025, Korea Manufacturing and other initiatives.

Jason Zander, Corp. Vice President Microsoft Azure said during the opening ceremony of the Microsoft Innovation Center in Taiwan: "We see OPC UA as a critical standard for ensuring interoperability between manufacturing processes and equipment, spanning decades of investment for many companies. We have been working with the OPC Foundation on building up 40 OPC UA devices walls which are currently being distributed to the Microsoft Executive Briefing Center in Redmond, worldwide Microsoft Technology Centers, the IoT Labs in Redmond, Germany and China and the newly established IoT Innovation Center in Taiwan, to demonstrate the strong ecosystem with connected OPC UA devices and the Connected Factory preconfigured solution running on the Azure IoT platform."

News by Microsoft and OPC Foundation.

Source: Industrial Ethernet Book Issue 103 / 3
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