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OPC Foundation joins forces with TIA on M2M standards

11 February, 2013

Following last year’s collaboration agreement between the OPC Foundation and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the two organisations have consolidated their development efforts in automation, and cloud and network communications standards, to bridge the gap between their two previously distinct sectors and to develop M2M (machine-to-machine) standards.

The TIA, which represents manufacturers and suppliers of communications networks around the world, recently published updates to its TR-50 M2M standards intended “to inspire makers to implement connectivity to the things they manufacture”. The standards will help manufacturers to understand how to implement affordable and secure connections and access – even if they don’t have extensive telecommunications experience.

TIA says that the growing demand for M2M and “Internet of Things” systems has increased the need for collaboration between the automation and communications industries. In doing so, the industries will be better able to define new business models, achieve new revenue streams, improve operational effectiveness to save money, and ensure compliance.

“We recognised the need to collaborate with a leading communications standards organisation to close the gap between the two industries,” explains OPC Foundation president and executive director, Tom Burke. “TIA was the obvious choice to help bring this important idea to life.”

“The OPC Foundation’s standards were an ideal fit with TIA’s efforts to define easy-to-use M2M Standards,” adds TIA president, Grant Seiffert. “It’s our intent to focus on the underlying architecture and communications layer to turn the massive growth potential of M2M into a reality.”

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