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ISOBUS - from Standard to Realization

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The Project Teams

AEF has identified eleven projects that are important to address quickly. For each project a team of international experts, from the member companies, is hard at work to find solutions useful for both the industry members and their customers.

About conformance, safety, service & marketing

Project Team 1: Conformance testing

The primary objective is to provide a state-of-the-art testing and certification process which ensures that the ISOBUS components are fully compatible. The formal certification process is designed for execution by independent testing institutes. The tools and protocols for these trials are also available to the agricultural industry as a whole in order to support the development of ISOBUS compliant components across the board.

» AEF ISOBUS Functionalities and AEF ISOBUS Conformance Test

Project Team 2: Functional safety of electronic controls

The mission of this project team is to draw up design and application guidelines for all manufacturers of agricultural equipment when safety related applications using the ISOBUS according to ISO 11783 are to be implemented. In this case all legal directives and standards such as ISO/DIS 25119, ISO 15077 have to be taken into consideration.

Project Team 3: Engineering and implementation

The task here is to coordinate the market introduction of new ISOBUS features across the ag industry while continuing to monitor the ISOBUS engineering and implementation processes.

Project Team 4: Service and diagnostics

The main objective is to service combined ISOBUS systems from different OEMs. (The same high quality standards must be met between brands as for individual manufacturers). The result should become tangible with quick and efficient troubleshooting in order to achieve complete customer satisfaction. In addition the issue of technical documentation, exchange of information, FAQs and training are to be tackled here.

Project Team 5: ISOBUS automation

This part of the standard defines the ISOBUS automation system with items like a headland management system which blends tractor and implement functions into a single system. The system stores multiple operation sequences from the tractor or any other ECU on the implement bus and activates them when the operator gives the command.

Project Team 6: Communication and marketing

The marketing project team assumes marketing responsibility for ISOBUS technology both in the ag equipment industry and throughout the farming community. The focus is placed on promoting ISOBUS in the market and establishing the new ISOBUS Certified Label as the unique brand. To achieve this, the group coordinates various activities such as participation at industry conferences, shows and exhibitions along with corporate design and PR programs.

Project Team 7: High-voltage on-board networks

Electric drives are becoming increasingly important in agricultural technology. The objective of this project team is to develop a proposal for a standard tractor interface that supplies power to attached machines and external components. The idea behind this is that the electric motors on all standard attached machines should be compatible with every model of tractor, and the only limitation should be the output data of the tractor engine. Locally controlled electric motors can overcome the restrictions of mechanical and hydraulic solutions and meet the requirements of a new generation of attached machines, and should also provide considerable benefits at the same time.

Five subgroups are already working on special areas in this direction: Interface connection (physical interface), requirements for attached machines, safety and risk analysis, specification of the interface with regard to the requirements for communication and performance, and for approaches to solving cooling system problems".

Project Team 8: Camera systems

The camera systems project group will proceed in two phases:

  1. In the first phase a solution has been found for harmonizing the connectivity between cameras mounted on an implement and terminals mounted on the towing tractor.
  2. The solution focuses on today’s needs utilizing camera systems with analogue image transmission. In the second phase the team will address future needs which are anticipated to include complex camera applications requiring digital image transmission.

Project Team 9: Farm Management Information Systems (FMIS)

The AEF project group "FMIS" is the ninth ISOBUS project team of the AEF. As part of consistent further development of the AEF ISOBUS strategy, it will develop common solutions for connecting mobile vehicles and attached machines to central farm computers and similar systems. The main areas of work for this team are the harmonisation and expansion of existing standards for interfaces for data transfer, and the development of implementation recommendations (AEF guidelines) for manufacturers of machine electronics and management software.

The process of establishing a uniform and clearly structured certification of ISOBUS functions on mobile machines is already underway and should, in future, also be extended to include the interfaces for information and management systems. European as well as North and South American software and electronics companies are invited to participate in the work.

Project Team 10: High-Speed ISOBUS

To meet the growing demand for data communication on ag equipment, a new High-Speed ISOBUS project team will explore concepts for increasing bandwidth on the bus. 

The team’s work will also pave the way for integration of new features and functions, such as the expansion of diagnostics, the support of electric drives, M2M communications, and connection of real-time video systems.

Project Team 11: Wireless In-field Communication

The new Wireless In-field Communication project team will focus on selecting suitable radio standards (such as WLAN) for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. The new team will also examine communications encryption and functional reliability. 

M2M communications allow machines to communicate directly while working together. A secure and standardized in-field radio communication system is required so that machines can control each other or simply exchange status information such as position, speed, and fill level. Also the machine-to FMIS-communication is covered by this project group.