February 5, 2007 - Scottsdale, AZ. OPC Foundation has announced a further six educational opportunities in 2007 in the automation sector to learn more about OPC technology. OPC is a standardized interface by which data is passed between different computer systems running on Windows platforms. Targeted at end-users and system integrators, these one-day Training Seminars focus on current OPC technologies, including OPC DA, Historical Data Access and Alarm and Events. Also included is a one-hour session on the latest OPC specification known as Unified Architecture (UA), which is taking OPC openness to new levels.

Registration for the 2007 seminars is now being accepted at www.opcfoundation.org/seminars

OPC Foundation Executive Director and President Thomas Burke said that the 2006 seminars had been highly successful in taking OPC to a new audience and the aim for 2007 was to extend knowledge of the rich opportunities available from OPC to an even wider audience. "OPC Servers and Clients literally provide a no-fuss solution to easily passing data between PC applications. OPC delivers openness and connectivity at low cost," he said. "We invite anyone involved in data gathering to join us at one of our seminars to learn more."

Inclusion of the latest OPC specification, Unified Architecture (UA) is significant. Launching now, UA breaks down even more barriers. With UA, computers running any operating system can inter-operate, and firewall restrictions are removed. "UA uses a services-based architecture that opens up many new and extremely exciting possibilities for enterprise-wide, and inter-enterprise, connectivity. It is also easily integrated with our existing specs so, as well as learning about the benefits of current technology, delegates attending these seminars will gain an insight into how current OPC systems and products can be migrated into our envisioned future."

The Seminar schedule for 2007 includes Greenville, SC on February 21, Dallas, TX on March 13, Detroit, MI on April 25, Philadelphia, PA in July, Toronto, ON in September and Denver, CO in October. For more information visit the OPC web site at www.opcfoundation.org.

Current sponsors for these events include Beckhoff, Canary Labs, Cyberlogic, GE Fanuc, ICONICS, InduSoft, Kepware, Matrikon, Open Automation Systems, Siemens, Softing, Software Toolbox and Yokogawa.

The OPC Foundation is a non-profit international standards organization dedicated to providing standards for interoperability in industrial automation. The OPC specifications are open and interoperable interface standards that leverage the functionality and technology of the Microsoft operating systems and architecture (that the standards were originally based and conceived on), and also leverage the technology of XML and Web services (as the key to interoperability between factory floor and the enterprise). The specifications have been created through a collaboration of leading worldwide automation and hardware software supplier's cooperating together to solve critical end-user interoperability problems. For more information, refer to the OPC Foundation web site at www.opcfoundation.org.
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