Harting received the award for its MICA product – an open and modular platform consisting of embedded hardware and software which serves as a central component in the Industry 4.0 environment. Thanks to its innovative combination of established Linux technologies, the product allows users to virtualize field devices and add their own customizable hardware components that communicate via USB. MICA can be operated using Power over Ethernet. Each MICA unit contains a TPM chip and supports both SSL and VPN, thus allowing secure authentication and communication between the various MICA modules. Chaired by Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, director of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the jury was impressed by the concept of lightweight virtualization using Linux-based containers which MICA implements on compact field devices. MICA makes it possible to add intelligence to existing machines and equipment.