If you own machinery from more than one of the leading "colors" or brands, how do you easily track your performance data? A solution may be coming your way in 2020 as leading farm and construction equipment manufacturers prepare to launch a common data interface.

DataConnect is “the first direct, manufacturer-independent solution that enables the seamless, automatic and real-time exchange of important machine data between the various machine brand platforms,” according to the companies behind this effort: John Deere, CLAAS, CNH Industrial and 356FarmNet.

Operators will be able to view basic machine data elements including current and historical machine location, current fuel tank level, working status and forward speed from these connected machines via the portal of their choice. These include the John Deere Operations Center, AFS Connect, MyPLM Connect, CLAAS TELEMATICS or 365FarmNet portals.

The four companies are members and supporters of the Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation, and they said they will share their experiences with the foundation in an effort to support a standardized data interface architecture, similar to ISOBUS, across the entire ag equipment industry. The companies are also inviting other equipment manufacturers, software providers, associations and standardizations committees to help develop and participate in the interface.

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