Overview: Founded in 1994, the Object Linking and Embedding for Process Control (OPC) Foundation is a non-profit industry consortium that creates and maintains standards for open connectivity of industrial automation devices and systems, such as industrial control systems and process control generally. The OPC standards specify the communication of industrial process data, alarms and events, historical data, and batch process data between sensors, instruments, controllers, software systems, and notification devices. The OPC Foundation was chartered to continue development of interoperability specifications and includes manufacturers and users of devices, instruments, controllers, software, and enterprise systems. Board members and Officers are unpaid volunteers. Development of specifications is undertaken by volunteers from hundreds of member companies worldwide.
Specifications: Available at: http://www.opcfoundation.org/Downloads.aspx?CM=1&CN=KEY&CI=283
IPR Policy: Available at: http://www.opcfoundation.org/Default.aspx/01_about/01_opc_foundation_process.asp?MID=AboutOPC
Current Status: Active