The machine tool manufacturer TRUMPF has won this year's HERMES AWARD ‒ one of the most coveted prizes in international industry ‒ for its open location standard product omlox. The award ceremony took place on 14 July at the HANNOVER MESSE Digital Days.

A jury under chair Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, honored the product “omlox – open location standard” as a global and location-technology independent solution. More than 60 industrial companies participated in the omlox project, which provides the first open standard for location services. Omlox unites all location services available on the market ‒ including UWB, WLAN, BLE, GPS, and 5G ‒ and transfers these into a uniform coordinate reference system, making them available for internal use on edge platforms or for global use in a cloud. Omlox supports for the first time the use of all location technologies, bundling position data to enable targeted optimization of process flows. Omlox is an interoperable ecosystem that harmonizes heterogeneous technical infrastructures, making IIoT and Industrie 4.0 affordable for SMEs.

HERMES Startup AWARD 2020 goes to young Indonesian company

Deutsche Messe premiered a startup category for the HERMES AWARD, presenting Mitra Sejahtera Membangun Bangsa, a young company from HANNOVER MESSE partner country Indonesia, with the new award. The jury selected the winner for its Smart Farming 4.0 project.

The winning product consists of a sensor network, database and app the together enable farmers to fertilize and irrigate their fields based on weather and soil conditions. In addition, it provides farmers with real-time information about expected soil and weather conditions. Artificial intelligence continuously improves predictions and subsequent recommendations. Benefits include increased yield and quality of agricultural products as well as reduced use of fertilizer and water.

Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and chair of the jury, said, "Startups are true innovation catalyzers: As bridges between research and industry, they quickly turn new developments and technologies into applications and bring these to market. I am pleased to recognize Mitra Sejahtera Membangun Bangsa as a company that has used an AI solution to address several current challenges at once, including food quality and efficient use of fertilizer and resources."

HERMES AWARD 2020

Originally, the prize was to be announced at HANNOVER MESSE 2020 in April, which was cancelled due to the developments surrounding Covid-19. As a result, Deutsche Messe, together with the jury, decided to announce the winner during the HANNOVER MESSE digital event on 14 July.