Press Release Summary:
Featuring Open Source Software Architecture for cloud applications, MICA® Mini Industrial Computer is embedded with EtherCAT board. Meeting Microsoft Azure requirements for IoT, unit comes with connectors that are suitable for industrial use. Unit’s EtherCAT board allows data collection from production networks through OPC UA or MQTT protocols.
Original Press Release:
New EtherCAT Board Enhances Data Gathering Capability of HARTING’s MICA Mini Industrial Computer
HARTING’s Mini-Industrial-Computer MICA®, winner of the prestigious 2016 HERMES Award for industrial innovation, now is available with an EtherCAT board, allowing data to be collected directly from industrial production networks, preprocessed and forwarded to IT systems via standard protocols such as OPC UA or MQTT. Thanks to MICA®s modular hardware concept, which allows users to incorporate individual function boards, the other advantages of this mini-industrial PC are retained, like compliance with important industrial standards.
MICA®s modular Open Source Software Architecture makes it the ideal solution for developing edge and cloud applications in production. Creating the EtherCAT functionality as an internal function module enables MICA® to deliver further benefits, such as protection class IP67, and connectors suitable for industrial use.
MICA® also has been certified for Microsoft Azure for IoT. Microsoft’s certification process places certain demands on end devices so that they work seamlessly with Microsoft Azure services. As a result, the MICA® went through a series of tests provided by Microsoft to evaluate the functionality of the hardware. The results validated by Microsoft mean MICA® meets the requirements of the "Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT" program.
The "Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT" program is intended to help speed up IoT projects with Azure by providing a set of available sensors and devices that are tested for usability and compatibility with the Azure IoT Suite. With Azure, Microsoft provides a collection of integrated Cloud services to create, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of data centres.
The HARTING Technology Group, family owned and based in Germany, employs more than 4,300 people globally with subsidiaries and branch offices in 40 countries. With production facilities in Europe, Asia and the United States the HARTING portfolio of connectivity solutions focuses on multiple levels, from the machine to the device and into the communication infrastructure. The U.S. facility in Elgin, Illinois is one of three HARTING locations that manufactures the HIS product line (HARTING Integrated Solutions - backplanes) and custom cable assemblies. The company’s core business is intelligent and highperformance connection technology. HARTING works in almost all industrial markets with a focus on requirements for robust, reliable connectivity solutions.
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