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The agrirouter world is getting bigger

The solution to a core problem in agriculture has been online since February 2019 and not only the number of users is growing steadily: the consortium behind the web-based data exchange platform agrirouter can also report a significant new addition. CNH Industrial (CNHi), one of the world's largest manufacturers of agricultural machinery, has agreed to join the consortium at the beginning of 2020. This will also make the Case IH, New Holland and Steyr agricultural technology brands agrirouter compatible. The list of our partners has also been significantly extended until Agritechnica 2019. We look forward to working with (in alphabetical order) AgForce, exatrek, Helm AG, JoinData, Nevonex (Bosch), Plantivo, Solorrow, Trimble, TTControl, Vintage and Xarvio from BASF.

The agrirouter can be used to exchange data between machines and agricultural software products from many different manufacturers and suppliers. This has not been possible for farmers and contractors with mixed machinery up to now. The agrirouter has solved this problem because more and more producers and developers of agricultural machinery and agricultural software are integrating the agrirouter interface into their systems. Participants can communicate with the agrirouter via a direct connection or via the respective manufac-turer cloud.

There was further good news for the agrirouter team at Agritechnica: With JoinData, a Dutch company is joining the circle of partners that has specialized in data management for the ag-ricultural interior and thus perfectly complements the arable farming focus of the agrirouter. (see separate press release)

At the same time, the number of users is growing. The continuous further development of the agrirouter ensures that the setup and handling of the data exchange platform is becoming ever easier for users.

According to marketreportsworld.com, an international provider of commercial market anal-yses, DKE-Data is already one of the top ten data exchange platforms worldwide.

In the meantime, the agrirouter developers are connected with more than 130 (as of Novem-ber 2019) software and hardware providers, almost two thirds of them from the international environment with a focus on Europe, but also the USA are well represented. And more and more providers are integrating the agrirouter interface into their systems. This can also be done via cloud connections. Multiple clouds can exchange data with each other via standard-ized data protocols.

The agrirouter uses standardized protocols. In addition, however, the agrirouter provides the farmer/contractor with additional functions such as access rights and data control options in a central location. Furthermore, the agrirouter can serve several different data targets simulta-neously. In this way, farmers/contractors remain independent from machine manufacturers and are not subject to restrictions on direct connections from individual manufacturers.

With the neutral data exchange platform agrirouter, any software applications can be con-nected via a uniform programming interface (API Application Programming Interface). To en-sure correct functionality, all software vendors and machine manufacturers are tested as part of a certification process. The test criteria of the certification are freely accessible via the agrirouter website. Data exchange via agrirouter works not only with one, but with many dif-ferent clouds, since almost every major provider today offers its own cloud. The cooperation between partners (software and hardware providers) and DKE-Data is regulated in only one contract, which is the same for all partners.

Connected via a standard API, the agrirouter then does what it should: It functions as a man-ufacturer-neutral data exchange platform and transports only on behalf of the user and only the desired data packages from endpoint to endpoint. The user always retains central data sovereignty on his agrirouter.

Feedback from farmers and contractors is continuously used for agrirouter's further develop-ment. Above all, the initial setup, the setup of the agrirouter, is simplified. The user creates an account and connects software and machines. Apps and applications are always as-signed to the standard software group, machines to the standard machine group. By default, the two groups are connected by routes for all message formats. Therefore, data can be ex-changed directly after the connection.

Example for data transmission with the agrirouter:

Simply great forage



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