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FDI team achieves development milestones

17 November 2008

The Steering Committee of the EDDLT Cooperation Team, in close cooperation with the FDT Group, continues their efforts to achieve a common solution for field device integration. The FDI (Field Device Integration) team has successfully worked over the past 18 months identifying use cases that encompass all facets of plant operations. This team's efforts also included drafting an architecture concept that meets the needs of both technologies as they are migrated to a common standard.

Jorg Freitag, Chairman of Profibus International
Jorg Freitag, Chairman of Profibus International

Due to the close cooperation between key global process control suppliers including ABB, Emerson, Invensys, Rockwell, Siemens, and Yokogawa, both the draft architecture concept and the complete inventory of use case analysis have now been completed. Future efforts will be focused on completing two remaining documents. The first is a functional specification, which will detail how the benefits of EDDL, FDT, and the OPC Unified Architecture will be combined. Release of this draft functional specification is planned for February 2009. Lastly, a comprehensive technical specification will be published.

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