03. March 2016

Geneva Motor Show: Rinspeed car “Etos” equipped with HARTING MICA

The HARTING MICA has been installed in Rinspeed's “Etos” concept car for independent emissions and status monitoring.

The USA is very clearly a future market for the HARTING Technology Group, and HARTING is particularly emphasizing digitalisation. In the opinion of Dr. Frank Brode, Senior Vice President New Technologies, it offers enormous growth potential. "Driven by IT and software, the highly dynamic US economy offers huge opportunities for HARTING, as classic suppliers of solutions for machine and plant construction and Integrated Industry experts. HARTING is excellently positioned to bring together these two worlds, the cyberworld and actual production. We see ourselves in the role of enablers here," said Brode during a press tour in the USA.

The HARTING MICA is a modular platform made up of open hardware and software components which can be adapted quickly and cost-effectively to many industrial areas of application. Deployed in the “Etos”, the MICA continuously records and transmits drive and engine data, using sensors and RFID tags, which is then evaluated and processed by an independent and neutral body (Dekra) as agreed by the customer and contract partner beforehand. This enables specific statements to be made about the credibility of the mileage status.

“The MICA is transparent, diverse and extraordinary,” remarked Dr. Jan Regtmeier, Director of Product Management, HARTING IT Software Development, who primarily sees mobile and stationary machinery and plants as target markets. They can be interconnected and linked up to the data cloud cost-effectively and efficiently. “Thanks to the modular kit made up of various hardware and software interfaces, there are no boundaries set on imagination.”

In view of these strengths, HARTING has also launched a competition. Awards will be presented at the Hannover Messe for the most creative and interesting ideas. After the Geneva Motor Show, the “Etos” and the MICA will feature as the highlights of the HARTING Technology Group's trade fair stand at the Hanover Messe (25 to 29 April 2016, hall 11, C 13).

The Swiss automotive visionary Frank  M. Rinderknecht, CEO of Rinspeed AG, was highly impressed: “When people are talking about smart mini computers, the saying ‘Who invented it?’ aptly fits the MICA.”


The HARTING Technology Group is a worldwide leading providing of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of “Power, Signals and Data“ with a total of 13 production locations, as well as business units and representations in 43 countries across the globe. Moreover, the company also produces cash desks and checkout systems, electro mobility components, in addition to hardware and software for customers and applications in automation technology, robotics and transportation engineering. In the 2014/15 business year, some 4200 employees generated sales of EUR 567 million.