Towards agile role-based decision support for OPC UA profiles
Faculty of Applied Economics
Faculty of Applied Engineering Sciences
Engineering sciences. Technology
ICIW 2012, The Seventh International Conference on Internet and Web Applications and Services
University of Antwerp
Interoperability has become a key factor in modern automation systems. In this context, the OPC (Open Productivity and Connectivity) standards are most prominent. The OPC Unified Architecture (UA) provides platform independent industrial communication using Web-based technologies. It also includes a meta-model guaranteeing interoperability not only at the protocol level but also regarding the semantics of exchanged data. The resulting increased complexity of its specification is an entry barrier for small and medium enterprises. It is challenging to decide which parts of OPC UA a specific company needs to implement. This paper proposes a mechanism for determining the most relevant OPC UA profiles in a specific application domain.