Farmers to benefit from common machinery data interface

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New interface will help customers manage multiple equipment brands with one precision agriculture platform.

Farmers to benefit from common machinery data interface
The DataConnect interface will enable different branded products to be managed using data platforms belonging to John Deere, New Holland, Case IH and Claas


An interface enabling farmers to manage different products from John Deere, Claas, Steyr, Case IH and New Holland will be rolled out in Australia in 2020 – a move that is sure to boost efficiency in precision agriculture.

While modern telematics-equipped farm vehicles can generate a lot of useful data, when that data can only be accessed within that brand’s own digital platform it can mean that multiple platforms are needed to make everything work together.

With the new DataConnect interface, farmers will be able to securely exchange and view basic machine data, such as current and historical machine location, fuel levels, working status and forward speed.

They will also be able to control and monitor their entire fleet using their preferred telematics platform, with no additional hardware or software required and without having to switch portals or manually transfer data from one system to another.

Those platforms include the John Deere Operations Centre, Case IH’s AFS Connect, New Holland’s MyPLM Connect, Claas Telematics and the 365FarmNet portal.

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The interface will be launched at Agritechnica in Germany next week, ahead of a wider European launch by mid-2020.

The four companies have agreed to share experiences in order to develop a standardised data interface architecture, similar to ISOBUS, across the entire ag equipment industry.

They add that interested equipment manufacturers, software providers, associations and standardisations committees are welcome to help develop and participate in the interface.

CNH Industrial also announced it would join the DKE Agrirouter universal data transfer hub, which includes 17 OEM brands and more than 30 digital service providers, to enable customers to exchange data between brands.

CNH Industrial global leader of Digital and Precision Solutions & Telematics for Agriculture, Morten Schmidt, says simplifying data movement benefits each customer equally.

"DataConnect brings a logistics benefit with machine data and Agrirouter enables customers more avenues to exchange agronomic task information, but it is really all about removing data hurdles," he says.

"With fewer hurdles, there will be more demand from customers for expanded, even better digital solutions."

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