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Object Management Group Board of Directors Adopts OPC UA/DDS Gateway Standard
Vendor-independent, configurable gateway between two of the most well-known connectivity IIoT frameworks

Needham, MA - July 2, 2018 - The board of directors of the Object Management Group® (OMG®), an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium, adopted the OPC UA/DDS Gateway specification at its members meeting from June 18-22 in Boston. The goal of the specification is to enable the OMG-based Data Distribution Service™ standard and OPC UA applications to interoperate transparently.

Data-Distribution Service (DDS™) is a family of middleware standards from OMG that provides connectivity, interoperability and portability for Industrial Internet, cyber-physical, and mission-critical applications.

In 2016, OMG and the OPC Foundation announced a joint strategy for DDS and OPC UA connectivity standards. Following that announcement, OMG members issued a Request for Proposals to define this standard, a bi-directional gateway that maps the operations and information flows in each technology (DDS or OPC-UA) to the other one so that an application using OPC-UA can consume information and services produced in DDS and vice-versa from DDS to OPC. Based on the industry response, OMG members developed the OPC UA/DDS Gateway specification.

According to OMG Chairman and CEO Dr. Richard Soley, “Today’s announcement is a milestone toward accelerating IIoT adoption because gateways are a critical component of system interoperability. I want to congratulate our members, RTI and ADLINK, who collaborated on this standard, which will be the gateway of choice for companies looking to connect data and information management in Industrial Internet applications ranging from smart grids, healthcare, transportation, military and aerospace, simulation, unmanned vehicles, automation to smart energy.”

“Connectivity in IIoT systems is an extreme technical challenge as system architects need to connect devices, applications and frameworks while ensuring interoperability between all components,” said Fernando Garcia-Aranda, Senior Software Engineer at RTI, an OMG member company. “Additionally, complex systems often span across functional domains and require the integration of different core connectivity frameworks. To address this issue, we’ve worked to develop the OPC UA/DDS Gateway to build a bridge between two of the most well-known connectivity frameworks in the IIoT. We believe interoperability is the key to success in the IIoT and we’re dedicated to ensuring DDS systems can easily integrate with other frameworks to help accelerate IIoT adoption.”

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