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Development of a Controller Area Network Based Handheld Data Acquisition System for Identity Preservation

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  031103,  2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.14928) @2003
Authors:   Matthew J. Darr, Timothy S. Stombaugh, Jason K. Ward, Michael D. Montross
Keywords:   grain identity preservation, commodity tracking, controller area network, CAN Bus, microcontroller, grain handling, crop database

The development of a diverse, modular and portable system to accurately measure and record field operations is required to effectively bring identity preservation of crops to all farms and farmers. A demonstration system has been built based on a worldwide standard communications protocol and was evaluated for its ability to efficiently measure a variety of field operations and management practices. The CAN Bus 2.0B communication protocol was used to record GPS location data, ground speed and simulated spraying system data. This data was compiled and stored in a form that was compatible with multiple software programs for the purposes of economic and agronomic analysis. All data was recorded on a Compaq IPAQ using specially-written software. Results showed that tracking identity preservation characteristics was feasible with this system.

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