AEF Events

Fall Plugfest 2022

AEF Fall Plugfest 2022
October 17-21, 2022

Plugfest venue:
Savoia Hotel Regency
Via del Pilastro 2
40127 Bologna


The Registration is now open:


AEF membership is required for participant registration and applies to anyone who is directly or indirectly involved with testing activities.

500€  (June 27th – October 2nd)


Visitor registration is available to those who are observing the AEF activities and are not involved in testing activities.

400€  (June 27th – October 2nd)
500€  (October 3rd – October 21st)

Registration for General Assembly is free of charge but requires registration via the AEF Database.
Plugfest activities and meetings require at least the visitor registration.



Product Registration

Following Event Registration, Participants provide details of the products they intend to test by following an Equipment link on the Plugfest page within AEF ISOBUS Database. AEF uses the product information to determine whether products should be scheduled at dedicated test stations, or scheduled to be moved among the test stations for tests.

After the test station list is finalized, AEF will prepare a schedule of tests known as a Plugfest Test Matrix.

Plugfest Test Matrix is intended to maximize the combination of connections between service-type products (e.g. terminals) and client-type products (e.g. implements) over the course of the Plugfest. Service-type products are typically scheduled to stay at a fixed test stations, while client-type products are scheduled to be moved from station to station by the tester. Please keep the following guidelines in mind when registering products for the Plugfest:

  • AEF will assign each Tester of service-type products to separate test stations in the Plugfest Test Matrix. Companies indicate the number of test stations to include by providing unique Tester names associated with service-type products.

  • When more than one service-type product is registered to the same Tester name, all products are assigned to one test station. Additional Testers are required to register additional test stations.

  • When more than one client-type product is registered to the same Tester name, all products are scheduled for the same time slot at each station. Additional Testers are necessary to schedule each product to its own time slot.

  • Products will be scheduled through the available testing time slots on all Plugfest days; scheduling for a reduced number of days is not available.

  • Suppliers of products with both UT and TC service-type functionalities, are required to register separate test stations (additional product and Tester) for managing full tests of each functionality in parallel.

Participants must register equipment details within the AEF ISOBUS Database following event registration until October 2nd, 2022.

Participants will have the opportunity to review the Plugfest Test Matrix until October 12th, 2022.

Plugfest testing

To ensure that each UT client-type product has a practical amount of testing time with each UT service-type product, two UT client products will be scheduled for tests at the same time at each UT test station.

UT suppliers are therefore strongly encouraged to bring an additional terminal and additional test engineer to manage the parallel tests at the test station. While it is possible for one person to support both terminals, it can be quite difficult to manage when problems arise with both tests. An additional CAN Backbone Module and power supply will be provided to support a second terminal at each UT test station.

The second person registering as support for parallel UT tests is welcome to register as a Plugfest Visitor rather than Participant. In this case, both terminals must be registered by the Participant (equipment registration is not open to Visitors).

To provide additional test time, companies who register TC Servers are strongly encouraged to register a parallel TC Server test station. The second person registering as support for parallel TC server tests is welcome to register as a Plugfest Visitor rather than Participant.

In this case, both devices must be registered by the Participant, as equipment registration is not open to Visitors. Companies are free to decide the primary focus of each test station, for example, by focusing on core functionality & TC-SC at one station and TC-BAS / TC-GEO functionality at the 2nd station. However all TC clients will be scheduled to visit both stations.

FMIS products with ISOXML support will be scheduled for one-to-one tests with Task Controller suppliers, followed by 3rd product tests during TC / TC-Client tests. During one-to-one tests, the FMIS can supply the initial task data, prescriptions, and coding data to the TC for use during their subsequent TC/TC-Client tests. During 3rd product tests, logged data should be given back to the FMIS for testing compatibility with the TC-Client.

AEF has provided three fields for TC/FMIS testing during the Plugfest. The fields provide a “standard” testing opportunity for different hemispheres, as well as a concave boundary and “holes”. To enable TC/FMIS and TC-Client/FMIS testing with these fields, TC suppliers should bring a means of simulating GPS within these field regions.

Task Controller and FMIS suppliers are highly encouraged to test with these fields at a minimum during the Plugfest. The files are available for download as “”, from the Information section under “Plugfest Information” of the AEF ISOBUS Database home page.

Suppliers of devices which support the Fileserver on server or client site have the possibility to add this information during the equipment registration. “Fileserver only” tests are not planned.

Participants have the possibility to register TIM Server and TIM Client devices for the Plugfest. TIM Clients will be scheduled at dedicated TIM server test stations for one-on-one testing. TIM devices will be organized in a separate Plugfest Matrix with 1 hour timeslots.


All times refer to the Central European Summer Time (CEST).


Monday, October 17, 2022
01:00 p.m. – 06:00 p.m.: AEF Data Management
01:00 p.m. – 06:00 p.m.: AEF Tractor Implement Management
01:00 p.m. – 06:00 p.m.: AEF Task Controller 2
01:00 p.m. – 06:00 p.m.: AEF Service & Diagnostics

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
09:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.: Plugfest Testing
09:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.: TIM Plugfest Testing
09:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.: AEF Medium Voltage
09:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.: AEF Wireless In-field Communication

Special programm for FederUnacoma – Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation
03:30 p.m.: Welcome reception and registration with coffee
04:00 p.m. – 04:45 p.m.: AEF presentation
04:45 p.m. – 05:30 p.m.: AEF Plugfest tour
05:30 p.m. – 06:30 p.m.: Tour-finale with an aperitif

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
09:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.: Plugfest Testing
09:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.: TIM Plugfest Testing
09:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.: AEF Wireless In-field Communication
09:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.: AEF Communications & Marketing
09:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.: AEF Steering Committee

Thursday, October 20, 2022
09:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.: Plugfest Testing
09:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: AEF General Assembly
01:00 p.m. – 06:00 p.m.: AEF Concept Studies Functionalities

Friday, Octiber 21, 2022
09:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.: AEF ISOBUS Integration
09:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.: AEF Conformance Testing

Key Dates

June 27 – October 2, 2022

Participant / Visitor Registration

October 3 – October 21, 2022

Late Visitor Registration

October 5 – 12, 2022

Proposed Test Matrix Review

October 14, 2022

Final Test Matrix


October 18 – 20, 2022

Plugfest Testing


Virtual Plugfest slots planned for retesting

Note: During the Plugfest in Bologna no virtual slots for testing are planned.


AEF has blocked a limited number of rooms at Savoia Hotel Regency at a discounted nightly rate (VAT included) of 97.00 € for a Single Room and 117.00 € for a Double Room per night (including breakfast, City tax and internet access).

After this date, the remaining rooms in the block go back to the general inventory.
Hotel reservations can be booked by Email regency or by phone to 0039 051 376 7777, using group code “AEF Plugfest”.

Check with the hotel directly if you miss the deadline or have any issues with the discounted rate.
You can also book a room at the Savoia Hotel Country House, which is a 5-minute walk from the Savoia Hotel Regency.
Please book a room by email via countryhouse and refer to the "AEF Plugfest".


Become a sponsor
for AEF Fall Plugfest now

The preparations for the AEF Plugfest are already in full swing.

We would like to provide the opportunity for our member companies to become a sponsor of the AEF Plugfest.
Please read the official letter:

Pick your sponsorship level for AEF Plugfest

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor,
please contact the AEF Office via office
until Friday, October 1, 2022.

Thank you, Sponsors!



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