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ISOBUS— The Open Hard-Wired Network Standard for Tractor-Implement Communication, 1987-2020

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

Citation:    .(doi:10.13031/913C0121)
Authors:   Timo Oksanen , Hermann Auernhammer
Keywords:   Agricultural electronics, history, ISO 11783, ISOBUS.


Several ideas of agricultural electronics were born in the 1980s when the first electronic systems were introduced to the control functions of a tractor as a rear hitch. During the 1990s, the trend was moving towards a mechatronic control of machinery but also towards informatics and data management. Both of these technological advances were requiring standardized communication interfaces for modular machinery systems to be used in farms around the world—tractor and implements. In this lecture, we go through the major milestones of ISOBUS, or the ISO 11783 standard series. In addition, the lecture presents the current state of the art of ISOBUS technology, both as the ISO standard but also the industrial aspects to develop products and deploy these in practice successfully to the market. We also discuss the future of the open ISOBUS over the next decades.

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