Use of tablet computers in the tractor cab has taken another step forward with the first app to receive official certification for controlling machinery equipped with an ISOBUS communications system: Claas EASY.
The Claas EASY on board app was developed to provide a lower-cost alternative to dedicated ISOBUS terminals – and a means of adding new functionality to iPad Air or newer tablet computers running iOS 9.0 or later that farmers and contractors may already own.
A wireless local area network adapter plugged into the tractor’s in-cab ISOBUS socket provides a data connection, as well as a power supply. A mount holds the tablet.
With the implement and tractor connected, the iPad and EASY on board app provide the same functionality as a "conventional" ISOBUS universal terminal.
Claas EASY app
It is this functionality, together with the ability to allocate machine functions to buttons on a compatible multi-function joystick that has successfully passed the certification process devised by the Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF).
As a result, the app is now listed in the AEF ISOBUS database of compliant control devices, implements and tractors.