London, March 1, 2018
The Internet of Things (IoT) has great potential to increase the efficiency of agriculture.
Currently, products from different manufacturers do not speak the same language and
therefore cannot exchange information, thereby limiting their value. If, for example, the data
collected by a combine harvester cannot be read by the farm’s computer system, it is of no
value in terms of supporting their management decisions. The companies and organizations
listed above have teamed up to work together on the Internet of Food and Farm 2020
Project to overcome this problem and design the future of connectivity in agriculture.
Using the ADAPT framework, the partners have demonstrated how data can be exchanged
between agricultural equipment and software platforms from different brands in a
standardized format. This is an important enabler for the flow of data required to make
“digital farming” or “Agriculture 4.0” a success. With a simple software plug-in, software
companies and equipment manufacturers will be able to read data from different sources,
drastically reducing development time while at the same time increasing available data
streams. Easier data exchange will ultimately lead to improved decision making and more
ADAPT is an open source software toolkit from AgGateway, based on a universal data
model that enables translation between different proprietary data formats. The proof of
concept has been demonstrated today, March 1, at the IoF2020 stakeholder event in
With this demonstration, the partners confirm their commitment to an open and
interoperable system, where data can flow seamlessly between different value chain
participants. For farmers, it will be possible to use different types and brands of equipment
with a wide variety of software or services, regardless of manufacturer.
The next step in the process of increased interoperability includes real time and bidirectional
vehicle-cloud communication. For this, the team will build on existing standards
and work together with the AEF, the Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation.
The AEF is an independent organization with more than 200 member companies. The main
goal is to improve cross-manufacturer compatibility of electronic and electric components in
agricultural equipment, and to establish transparency about compatibility issues.