Unified Architecture

Part 1: Overview and Concepts Title: Part 1: Overview and Concepts Description:

This specification provides a high-level introduction to the Unified Architecture technology covering:


  • Introduction of each of the OPC UA Specifications
  • Overview of the design, security, and scalability goals
  • Client/Server methodology used by OPC - Systems concepts of OPC, such as address-space, subscriptions, and events
  • Introduction of the concepts behind the Services (interfaces)

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1.04 Release OPC 10000-1 - Part 1: Overview and Concepts (ZIP/PDF) 2017-11-22 Icon
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