FarmLogs Backs Purdue Open Precision Data Initiative

In an effort to free farmers from vendor-controlled data, Purdue University has launched ISOBlue, an open-source project that aims to provide farmers, via smartphone, with easy access to agricultural data gathered by the industry-standard ISOBUS port located on tractors, harvesters and equipment.

FarmLogs, the company that created user-friendly farm management software and mobile apps to help farmers plan, manage and analyze their farms’ operations, is contributing by making a financial commitment and acting as a mentor on the project.

“Farmers deserve easier access to their data, and we want to tear down the barriers that the industry has put in place,” said Jesse Vollmar, CEO and co-founder of FarmLogs. “We are creating an almost magical experience, where the data simply shows up in real time as the work is being done in the field. Most importantly, the technology that the team at Purdue is building is open-source, so farmers and their partners are no longer at the mercy of the big hardware manufacturers.”

Currently, farmers, agronomists and consultants cannot easily access the useful data that is being generated by farming equipment because of the proprietary data collection systems put in place by agricultural equipment manufacturers. Modern farming equipment generally communicates via a standard ISOBUS network to a proprietary monitor in the tractor or harvester.

ISOBlue’s goal is to free the data by creating a small, low-cost (sub $300) device that forwards the information directly from ISOBUS to the smartphone via Bluetooth. From there, the farmers can easily access the data in real time on their smartphones or elsewhere in the cloud.

According to FarmLogs, ISOBlue uses the existing data connection already on the farmer’s smartphone, saving the cost of a dedicated connection. In addition, the device does not require expensive hardware. Ultimately, ISOBlue will provide farmers with cheaper and easier access to their data, which can be used to increase production and cost savings.

Leave a Reply

Data Stories
MappingMapShots Announces 2015 Customer Conference
October 15, 2014
MapShots, Inc. will hold its 2015 Customer Conference on February 11-14, 2015 at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Global Learning Center in Atlanta, GA. Read More
DataPlantBeat To Debut At InfoAg 2014
July 21, 2014
Phytech will reveal PlantBeat — a new service that assists farmers in the optimization of crop yields by translating plant needs into real-time alerts and expert recommendations — at the 2014 InfoAg conference in St. Louis, MO. Read More
ImageryFAA: We Plan To Meet September 2015 UAV Integration Deadline
July 15, 2014
Jim Williams, manager of the FAA’s Office of Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration, recently spoke at the Delta AgTech Symposium on the current state of commercial UAV regulation in the U.S. Read More
SensorsNORAC Celebrates 40 Years In Business
June 25, 2014
NORAC, a leading precision ag manufacturer who pioneered the use of ultrasonic sensing in the development of control equipment, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Read More
Trending Articles
AwardsNominations Now Open! 2015 PrecisionAg Awards Of Excellence
January 7, 2015
The PrecisionAg Award of Excellence program sheds light on some of the most important people and programs that have helped agriculture realize the full benefits of technology to improve agronomy, efficiency, and stewardship in crop production. Read More
ComputingClimate Corp. Acquires 640 Labs
December 9, 2014
The 640 Labs team will join The Climate Corporation, strengthening the company’s efforts to build the industry’s leading data science platform for farmers.   Read More
EquipmentKinze Enhances Autonomous System
December 4, 2014
Additional capabilities have been added to the company's Harvest Automation System, including the ability to run multiple combines and autonomous carts in the field simultaneously. Read More
DataFarmers Edge Signs On With Pembina Co-op
November 26, 2014
The partnership is aimed at providing Pembina Co-op members with convenience, quality service and a flexibility of options for sustainable farming from independent service provider Farmers Edge. Read More
ImageryDrones Grounded: NTSB Overturns Pirker Decision, Affirms FAA Authority
November 19, 2014
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a much-awaited decision ruling that FAA rules that apply to manned aircraft apply to unmanned aircraft or drones, reports Forbes.com contributor John Goglia; Pirker can still appeal. Read More
Variable RateA Doubleshot Of Precision Ag Services
November 3, 2014
Ag retailer South Dakota Wheat Growers is using an innovative piece of equipment to enhance the precision ag application work for its growers-customers. Read More
Latest News
Paul Schrimpf and Harlan Little PrecisionAg Institute Booth
DataBig Data: Securing And Sharing Ag’s Most Precious Asset…
January 28, 2015
The Big Data Revolution has preempted an industrywide push around making data secure and usable. Read More
1255 Early Riser Planter with Precision Planting
Variable RateVRA Seeding Primed For Growth
January 27, 2015
As technology options increase, experts foresee a big year for variable-rate seeding adoption. Read More
Farmers Edge
DataFarmers Edge Announces Alberta Carbon Offset Initiative…
January 26, 2015
Farmers Edge announced the closing of an exclusive agreement with Capital Power to develop carbon offsets eligible for use in the Alberta Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program. Read More
Grower using MyJohnDeere with tablet
Computing2015 Precision Ag Product Review
January 26, 2015
Here's a brief look at some of the newest precision ag products being featured during the upcoming season. Read More
Agriculture Production Flow Diagram
Joe RussoA Framework For Managing Information In Precision Ag
January 24, 2015
Providing a diagram to help precision ag users visualize information flow can be helpful. Read More
Software360 Yield Center Launches Mobile App, Upgrades 360 Comm…
January 23, 2015
360 Yield Center announced a plethora of updates and new product releases at its 2015 Yield Summit event Read More
EquipmentFAA, Pirker Settle 2014’s Most Polarizing Drone C…
January 23, 2015
Today the legal battle between the FAA and Raphael Pirker is over after the agency and Pirker's legal team have decided to settle the case to avoid further litigation expenses. Read More
SoftwareDigi-Star To Launch Grain Tracker App
January 22, 2015
Digi-Star will introduce the new Grain Tracker app at the 2015 National Farm Machinery Show held February 11-14 in Louisville, KY. Read More
DataAnother Ag-Drone Outfit Surfaces
January 22, 2015
David Dvorak started Field of View in 2010 after realizing the potential business opportunity for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology in agricultural imaging. Read More
ImageryNew System From Blue River Will Aid Corn Research In Mi…
January 22, 2015
Blue River Technology's lastest commercial release is poised to revolutionize in-field research plot evaluation in corn. Read More
EquipmentDeere App Center Unveiled
January 20, 2015
The John Deere App Center provides users the ability to search and find apps most useful to their business or operations. Read More
EquipmentT-L Irrigation GPS Navigation Corner System Details
January 20, 2015
The T-L GPS Navigation Corner system tracks multiple constellations reducing the signal loss caused by tree lines and other obstacles and there is no electronic interference from power lines. Read More
DataDuPont Pioneer Expanding Encirca
January 20, 2015
The new service is Encirca Yield Stand, which joins the Encirca Yield Nitrogen Management Service as a cutting-edge input management offering for growers. Read More
SoftwareTrimble Connected Farm Field App Measures Field Profita…
January 20, 2015
Trimble announced today that it will be adding a profit and loss reporting feature to its Connected Farm Field application—a Web-based field data management tool where growers can manage field boundaries, task data, crop health maps and precipitation data. Read More
SoftwareMapShots Details 2015 Customer Conference
January 15, 2015
The 2015 MapShots Customer Conference is scheduled Feb. 11-14, 2015, at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Global Learning Center in Atlanta, GA. Read More
ComputingNew App: VRA With Your iPad
January 15, 2015
iSOYL, a new app from SOYL, streamlines the variable rate application process for iPad users, saving growers time, money and effort. It uses a smart cable and adaptor to connect with all popular spreader, sprayer and drill controllers. Read More
HomeIowa Startup Captures First-Ever Farm Bureau Entreprene…
January 15, 2015
ScoutPro of Lone Tree, IA, team lead Michael Koenig, was named Entrepreneur of the Year from a field of four finalists and received a total of $30,000 in prize money to implement his business idea, which is software to assist farmers with crop maintenance. Read More
DataFarmers Edge Continue Expansion In Western Canada
January 14, 2015
Farmers Edge announced a business alliance with Canadian retail Lloydminster & District Co-op to promote precision agronomy services in Western Canada. Read More