The global farm machinery industry’s collaborative work on electronic technologies has resulted in a new ISO standard to remove incompatibility of remote camera systems and ISOBUS terminals.
One of the multi-manufacturer project teams pulled together by the Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) was tasked with tackling the issue, which causes frustration to end-users and discourages the greater use of remote visual monitoring of machines.
As machinery has become bigger and more sophisticated, remote visual monitoring has been recognised as a valuable tool for managing the processes performed by potato and other vegetable harvesters, self-propelled sprayers, slurry applicators and manure spreaders, baler-wrapper combinations and similarly complex equipment.
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The AEF Camera Systems project team, which involved representatives of international manufacturers of tractors, implements, camera systems and connectors, describes a video interface for analogue systems to solve the issue. This was documented in an international AEF guideline, which a number of tractor and implement manufacturers have already adopted for production equipment, and that became the basis of the new ISO 20112-1:2018 standard.
As a result, says AEF, farmers can connect camera systems that meet the new standard to ISOBUS terminals and other displays regardless of the supplier or brand, providing a greater choice of suppliers and more reliable installation. The AEF believes this will encourage greater use of remote visual monitoring to the benefit of field operations and also safety compared with operators having to manoeuvre large machines ‘blind’ in fields and farmyards.
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The organisation, which was formed to establish the ISOBUS electronic data exchange protocol, is now turning its attention to the requirements of streaming digital video data over the physical interface of High Speed ISOBUS, which is under development. Together with Ethernet networks, digital video data streaming is a new technology for mobile machinery, which presents particular challenges as, according to the AEF, there no solutions from other industries to serve as a blueprint.