Technology and Standards

ODVA’s view of the industrial ecosystem seeks to integrate the three main delivery systems of the industrial enterprise to the market – production, enterprise and utility – through the automation and interoperability of the various subsystems within each delivery system. The core competency of ODVA is information and communication technologies for the production systems in which ODVA seeks to bring together heterogeneous systems and networks together in an open, standard, interoperable framework. 

ODVA recognizes its media-independent network protocol — the Common Industrial Protocol — as the technical anchor in this framework and as the primary common interest of its current membership. The Common Industrial Protocol (CIP™) is a media-independent protocol that provides the complete suites of services needed for industrial automation. One of the key features of CIP is seamless bridging and routing features that can enable corporate objectives for OT/IT convergence in today’s industrial enterprises. 

For interoperability of production systems and the integration of these production systems with other delivery systems, ODVA embraces a future model of this ecosystem that is not merely “PLC-centric” but rather seeks to make industrial information available through multiple access points. In this context, adoption of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and standard, unmodified Internet and Ethernet technologies remains a guiding principle wherever possible as exemplified by EtherNet/IP, one of the world’s leading industrial Ethernet networks.