New app allows data collection and sharing across CLAAS, John Deere, and CNH equipment

With Agritechnica 2019 set to begin in just days, machinery companies are starting to tease farmers with new innovations on the way. Soon, farmers managing equipment fleets will be able to securely exchange and view machine data through a common interface.

John Deere, CLAAS, CNH Industrial, and 365FarmNet have teamed up to create DataConnect, the first direct, manufacturer-independent cloud-to-cloud solution to record on-farm data with a mixed brand fleet.

According to a news release, DataConnect is a similar concept to ISOBUS where farmers can exchange their data via a common interface, as well as control and monitor their entire machinery fleet using their favourite system.

By using DataConnect, farmers can choose their preferred data platform — through Deere, CLAAS, New Holland, or Case IH brand farm equipment — and also be able to transmit data from other machines via the new interface. This means the data is still available in the John Deere operations centre, CLAAS Telematics ,or 365FarmNet portals, but can be exchanged in real time from one cloud to the other.

The application will enable the exchange of all important machinery data, including current and historical machine location, fuel tank level, current working status, and forward speed.

Future applications could include transmission of agronomic data, too.

All three companies will be sharing their experience of cloud-to-cloud communication with ongoing Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) projects.

Those who attend Agritechnica this year will get a first hand look at the new application, with the official launch taking place next summer.

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