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In a move to enable a standardized enterprise-wide client/server integration supporting digital transformation, FDT 2.0 technology has been fully adopted as an ISA/ANSI American standard.

The standard will enhance the integration and application of various field buses and devices, in addition to promoting widespread implementation of standards-based automation solutions.

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FDT 2.0 emanates from the FDT Group, which is a member-based, international, non-profit corporation that promotes the proliferation of an open standard for network and asset integration.

International Society of Automation (ISA) is a nonprofit professional association for those who apply engineering and technology for the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across the manufacturing industry and critical infrastructure.

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The FDT 2.0 standard addresses requirements in the American market by defining the interfaces for vertical and the horizontal data flow, called Function Control and Data Access, in the framework of a Client-Server architecture. It allows application software and configuration tools to interact with field devices in a unified way, while hiding the manufacturer-specific interaction with devices or sub-systems in a software module.

Additionally, the standard allows any field bus-, device- or sub-system-specific software tool to be integrated as part of a universal lifecycle management tool within a plant automation system.

FDT 2.0 employs a future-proof architecture based on Microsoft .NET technology and offers all the properties needed by modern software up to web- and client/server-based systems. The specification is based on.NET technology. It includes performance enhancements while ensuring backward compatibility with the existing FDT installed base – enabling multi-generational equipment to co-exist.

FDT is trying to move industrial automation architectures to connect and communicate sensor to cloud. The goal is to leverage Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0 to enable end users to realize the potential of decentralization, interoperability and integration, as well as a unified view of all data and functions across process, factory and hybrid control applications.

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