Digitalization offers automation companies a great opportunity to successfully shape the future. However, this process also brings many challenges such as remote real-time data access, end-to-end security, and multi-vendor equipment integration and interoperability.

Industrial stakeholders want to do more with operational and business data, including accurate interpretation of the information and taking correct actions to ensure a desired outcome.

FDT Group’s new, forward-looking standard, FDT® 3.0 (also known as FITS™), will accelerate the evolutionary journey of the organization and its technology into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Developed from industry-driven feedback, and providing a bridge between the current FDT installed based and next generation solutions, the updated standard enables an FDT Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-based ecosystem to meet the demands for digitalization and Industry 4.0 applications.

FDT Group’s open, data-centric integration approach is the key enabler for the new era of industrial automation. FDT is the only standard of its kind providing an open architecture with standardized, built-in mobility and remote access; native OPC Unified Architecture (UA) integration; robust security; and platform independence, while still leaving the manufacturer in control of customizing their product or solution.