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ISOBlue: An Open Source Project to Bring Agricultural Machinery Data into the Cloud

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

Citation:  Paper number  141929380,  2014 Montreal, Quebec Canada July 13 – July 16, 2014. (doi: 10.13031/aim.20141929380) @2014
Authors:   Alexander W Layton, Andrew D Balmos, Suppatach Sabpisal, Aaron Ault, James V Krogmeier, Dennis Buckmaster
Keywords:   Precision agriculture, ISOBUS, data collection, mapping, network, technology, data, machinery, cloud computing, mobile applications.

Abstract. The past decade has seen a tremendous increase in the number of agricultural machines whose internal data communications follow the ISO 11783 (ISOBUS) standard. With this standardization in place, there is an excellent opportunity for data acquisition. In many cases, the data never leaves the vehicle; even when it does, it is not generally in a format useful to the farm management team and therefore is consequently under-utilized. Independent efforts to ameliorate the situation are hindered by an inability to get the ISOBUS data from the tractor into analytical tools. The goal of the ISOBlue project is to facilitate this data acquisition process through the development of an open-source hardware platform and software libraries to forward ISOBUS messages to the cloud.

This paper presents an overview of what ISOBlue is, how it is made, and how it works. A few of the ways ISOBlue has already been used to acquire and utilize data from an agricultural vehicle are shown. One use is forwarding data to an Android device to be visualized. Another use is forwarding data to an Android device to log and send the data to the cloud.

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