Self-Certification provides next phase of conformance testing
As highlighted in the AEF ISOBUS Database Improvements Press Release issued before Agritechnica last year, Self-Certification is here! But what exactly does it mean?
Since the start of 2020 it has been possible for manufacturers to carry out the AEF Conformance Test themselves and show those results in the AEF ISOBUS Database but only if certain conditions have been met.
ISOBUS products can be listed in the AEF ISOBUS Database only if they have passed the AEF Conformance Test and according to the rules of the database every different version of software needs to be tested.
However, most OEMs and ISOBUS component manufacturers have more than one software release for their ISOBUS products every year and were struggling to get every release certified. This change to the database rules is intended to address this issue and make it easier to maintain the certification of ISOBUS products.
So, what exactly are those rules for Self-Certification?
The ISOBUS hardware must already have passed the Conformance Test.
The ISOBUS software must have been certified by one of the five authorized testing houses in the past 2 years
The ISOBUS software being tested (by Self-Certification) has the same functionality as the previous test (for example, UT, TC-SC, etc)
Finally, the Self-Certification test must be verified (for a fee) by one of the five authorized testing houses.
The main reason for this enhancement to the functionality of the AEF ISOBUS Database is to encourage more manufacturers to keep the certification of their ISOBUS products up to date, i.e. by certifying every software release. This in turn helps the whole industry, farmers, dealers and manufacturers to use the AEF ISOBUS Database for ISOBUS Compatibility searches and also investigation of ISOBUS issues!