The ISOBUS standard has substantially helped communications between different brands of machines. However,the exchange of data between agricultural machinery and software products of various vendors has to date often been an insurmountable problem. Given the lack of a shared standard, hardly any progress was made in this area. The new agrirouter is designed to overcome this hurdle and allow all farmers to participate in the digitalisation of agriculture. LEMKEN and other manufacturers of agricultural technology have combined their forces to develop the agrirouter in order to substantially reduce data conversion problems and the number of communication interfaces in agricultural technology. In practice, data transfer via the agrirouter will look like this,for example:
Farm managers plan the fertilisation of their fields on a PC or tablet. They use an app created by vendor A to determine the amount of fertiliser for the various areas, based on soil maps and samples and expected yields, and then send the job to the communication unit on their crop care implement, manufactured by vendor B, via mobile radio. The implement collates the data with GPS data transmitted from the tractor, made by vendor C. Operators then fertilise the various areas. The work is documented in real time, and the data is then automatically updated in the field database provided by vendor D, which in turn is linked to the accounting software of vendor E.
Due to the high degree of compatibility in data exchange, farmers benefit from the ability to use optimising solutions from a wide range of vendors, which increases their efficiency in value creation, reduces costs and protects the environment. Farmers will additionally future-proof their businesses in terms of legal requirements regarding food safety, burdens of proof and checks.
The following requirements for developing the agrirouter were applied from the start:
Data, communication (Kommunikation) and development (Entwicklung)
Our approach is carried by a consortium of well-known manufacturers of agricultural technology, who have jointly recognized that Farming 4.0 only works if a cross-manufacturer and cross-product data exchange is possible. The consortium is open to further members.
The founding members of our consortium:
LEMKEN GRIMME KRONE HORSCH KUHN PÖTTINGER RAUCH AGCO AMAZONE SDF
Find out more at Agritechnica 2017
If you want to know more about the agrirouter or the DKE, you can also find the DKE at the Aritechnica 2017 in Hannover.
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