What SMART COMMAND has to offer
The objective of the project was to determine whether a mobile terminal is at all suitable for operating ISOBUS machines. Is it suitable for the harsh environment of an agricultural machine? Dust, moisture and sunlight are not the usual working conditions to which tablets are typically exposed. Can the battery handle the long periods of use and are charging options guaranteed? And then, of course, it should be clarified whether SMART COMMAND can meet the requirements of a comprehensive Smart Farming terminal with all the functionalities that make up modern agriculture, such as ISO VT/AUX, TaskController, SectionControl, track guidance, etc.
For old and new
Two Steyr tractors were equipped with the ISO FLEX module and a commercially available tablet as a test environment. One was a Steyr 8090 from the 1980s, which was also retrofitted with ISOBUS for this purpose. This retrofit also came from Reichhardt. The second machine in the project was a Steyr 4125 Profi CVT. This is a modern tractor equipped with ISOBUS preparation, as well as an RTK steering system. In both cases, the tablet served as a replacement for an ISO-VT. The aim of both vehicles was to test the handling and functionality of the Smart Farming features on the one hand.
ISOBUS as a base
In addition, as a future technology, the ISOBUS should also be retrofitted to older vehicles or vehicles that were not factory-equipped with it. It should be shown whether, with the help of SMART COMMAND, mobile end devices can be used for functions such as ISOBUS machine operation, SectionControl and job management. In addition, it should be tested whether machines with SMART COMMAND can also be used as a terminal replacement for visual track guidance and what the advantages and differences are compared to a conventional Smart Farming terminal.