OPC UA: The Communication Standard for the Internet of Things?

As we prepare ourselves for the expansion of the IoT (Internet of Things), many businesses today are looking for ways to take advantage of the opportunities that are beginning to present themselves. Of course, as with anything new there are many questions and concerns.

Many organizations are struggling with interconnectivity. How do we get existing information systems to communicate with new information systems? If leveraging the IoT requires a wholly rebuilt information infrastructure and a complete reformatting of business processes – well, that’s just not going to work for most people.

There are also organizations who will have questions about how to make use of the unstructured data coming in real time from any number of different sources. How can they create the context to translate this endless stream of raw data into useful information?

And what about the scalability and flexibility needed to deal with growth and change. After all, if the changes implemented today need to be undone in order to keep up with the future needs of your organization, then is it really worth it?

Another common concern is that of security. Are we going to push sensitive information up to the cloud, where it may be exposed to any number of potential threats ranging from cyber-terrorism to corporate espionage? And even if our sensitive data is not being broadcast over the internet, how do we protect these interconnected systems from internal threats? How can we ensure that our employees and contractors have access to all of the information they need to do their jobs and nothing more?

These and many other questions are preventing some organizations from realizing the many benefits of the IoT. Some think it will be too difficult or expensive to implement; others may question the value of it. Fortunately for us all, these questions have been asked for several years, and there are answers.

The communication protocol often cited as the best fit for IoT applications has already been developed, tested and deployed in live environments around the world since it was fully released in 2009.

OPC Unified Architecture (UA) is platform-independent, service-oriented architecture developed and maintained by the OPC Foundation. As the interoperability standard for industrial automation, OPC has become an integral part of most SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems. As data systems expand beyond their traditional roles to include more sensor data and consolidate data from multiple systems, it makes sense that the OPC Foundation has remained at the forefront of the standardization process and have developed a communication standard that has been embraced by proponents of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things – companies like Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, GE, and many others,

OPC UA is universally embraced because it directly addresses the obstacles faced by organizations involved in IoT implementation projects. The problem of interconnectivity, for example, is exactly the problem that the communication standard was developed to address. Today, OPC drivers exist for thousands of different devices, and many devices today are manufactured with embedded OPC servers to allow for exactly this type of interoperability with other devices and systems.

The concerns about the usefulness of multi-system data is addressed by information modeling. The OPC UA information modeling framework turns data into actionable information. With complete object-oriented capabilities, even the most complex multi-level structures can be modeled and extended. Information modeling also makes an OPC UA-based system significantly more customizable and extensible. As virtual representations of actual systems, information models can be modified or expanded to meet the changing needs of a modern company.

Of course, one of the most important considerations when choosing a communication technology is security, which is one of the great benefits of OPC UA. Security is provided in a number of ways, including: Session Encryption, Message Signing, Authentication, User Control, and Auditing of User Activity.

While it is difficult to say that there is anything “standard” about the Internet of Things, OPC UA is the closest thing we have to a communication standard, and every day it is becoming more widely accepted and adopted.

Why You Need Professional Instrumental Beats to Lift Your Mixes to Industry Standard Production

For quality professional production it helps to use the highest standard in instrumental beats available. The way in which the media industry does business has changed dramatically over the past decade, and to keep up with constant modernisation, producers of today’s media formats require immediate access to top quality digital products that are both cost effective and easily implemented into their current projects.

Now although the way the media industry does business has changed, the standards of what is acceptable among the industry leaders in terms of film, television, record labels, video games, music publishing, DJ mixing and remixing, audio broadcasting and so on has never changed, and most likely will not change for the foreseeable future. And in regards to today’s on and offline instrumental beats productivity, the industry standard level of production quality will always be the norm. And as media tools such as high end recording equipment and software become increasingly affordable, and the world becomes increasingly smaller due to the world wide web, more and more people are finding it easier to present their creativity to the masses as fast as they are able to.

It stands to reason then that whatever the music production requirement is, one cannot escape the reality of needing the best gear in both hardware and software one can afford to produce such industry standard quality instrumental beats. This is not to say that one can get by without talent and creativity, and I’m not implying that a talented and creative person or group can not make it in the industry as a professional without the highest end and most expensive gear on the market. However, when it comes down to professional releases, there is a standard that is expected among those flipping the bill for mass distribution, marketing and management along with the inclusion of material into radio play lists. This expectation is usually quite clear to point out between most professional studio recorded mixed and mastered material, and material going through the same processes in home and project studios.

Instrumental beats that have been produced using high end analogue and digital processing, and utilizing the knowledge, skills and experience of seasoned producers and recording engineers using the best of mixing consoles, compressors, EQ’s, microphones and mic pre-amps, to name a few, sound and feel the way they do due to all just mentioned above and more. With all of that said, there are countless wells of information that can help in steering today’s up and coming music producers toward achieving the high standards of music production the industry calls for using what ever tools in regard to hardware and software on hand. A wealth of information is readily available in the form of tutorials guiding creative people desiring to get into the music business.

To ease the pressure of trying to keep up with the Pro’s, using instrumental beats that have been produced by the Pro’s into your own creative music productions ads a vital element of virtual collaboration. The injection of professionally processed beats into your own music can potentially lift your mixes to the industry standard level of production making you and your material more accessible to the major record labels and radio stations.

Wedding Planning Certification Becoming the Industry Standard

The world of wedding planning has changed drastically in recent years. Movies and TV shows have raised awareness about the importance of having a Certified Wedding Planner to help with the thousands of details involved in planning for the big day. It is important to note that what you see on film is a Hollywood version of the business and barely scratches the surface of the real life challenges that go into being a successful wedding planner. It is one thing to plan a wedding for a friend. It is a completely different thing when you start to charge for your services and take on real clients.

Countless new wedding planners have entered this exciting field only to be out of business within months because they lacked the training and experience necessary to survive in this very competitive and challenging industry. This turns out to be a negative experience not only for them but also for the unfortunate bride who chose to hire someone who wasn’t fully prepared for the task. This scenario also tends to cast wedding planners in a negative light with fellow vendors who often find it more challenging to work with an inexperienced wedding planner than if there were no planner at all. For this reason an increasing number of brides are making the decision to seek out a Certified Wedding Planner. There are a number of options available for those who are seeking certification.

Many local colleges and universities offer event planning classes. These courses may touch on weddings as part of the curriculum but in many cases the class will be focused more on corporate events. If you plan to enter the job market at a hotel, resort, cruise ship or other venue then this type of course would serve you well. Keep in mind that you will still require more focused training on weddings before you will have the skills necessary to take on wedding clients. Having an independent Wedding Planning Certification will enhance your resume.

When doing an internet search you will find several organizations who offer “Online” wedding planning certification. This type of course can take between nine to eighteen weeks to complete. The student is given course material either by mail or online and progresses through the training at their own pace. The cost of most of these programs will start at a thousand dollars and additional fees could be added depending on the package you choose. While online classes may be more convenient you will want to consider that this type of course will not offer the personal interaction with an instructor that only a classroom setting can provide.

There are many independent organizations that offer certification. Most of these programs will take about a week to complete although there are some that offer weekend courses. Programs like this are offered in select cities nationwide so you will want to find one in a city near you to avoid any additional travel expenses. You can expect to pay about a thousand dollars for the initial course although some are available at a more reasonable rate. Avoid organizations that require you to pay ongoing membership dues for your certification to remain valid. That would cost you thousands of dollars over the span of your career. Also beware of any organization that claims to be “The only way” to achieve your certification. There are several valid ways to become a Certified Wedding Planner. Every organization that offers certification does so based on its own criteria and most certificates are recognized nationally.

There are some organizations like The Bridal Society that offer special discounts to students at select colleges. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to find a course in your local area for as little as four hundred dollars. This organization offers Wedding Planning Certification but does not require that you pay ongoing dues for your certification to remain valid.

It is important to choose a certification program that best fits your schedule and budget. No matter which program you choose it is well worth the money to gain the expertise and training that will set you apart in the highly competitive world of wedding planning. If you plan to be in business for the long haul then you owe it to yourself and your clients to become a Certified Wedding Planner.