Data privacy one question asked about AgGateway
In the end it’s about implementation. Standards are the necessary foundation of what we do, but they are of little use without common implementation. So then, AgGateway’s main focus is on actually getting the work into the field and in use by the agricultural community.
Q. Precision ag has been a big focus for AgGateway. It’s been a couple of years now since AgGateway’s Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange (SPADE) project got underway. What kind of progress is being made to standardize data for everyone from farmers to crop agronomists to equipment manufacturers?
AgGateway’s Precision Ag Council has several initiatives underway. These include field operations, precision water management, telematics and crop insurance/compliance reporting. More than 90 companies are participating in the Precision Ag Council.
One of the Precision Ag Council’s projects, SPADE, is addressing the problem of moving data from machine systems to farm management information systems (FMIS) and to other FMIS, so the farmer and ag retailer can improve decision-making and improve productivity. It is a complex problem and the participants have made great progress since the work began. We have a very dedicated, cross-industry group working on SPADE, including equipment manufacturers, ag input manufacturers, ag retailers and software companies. More than 30 companies are contributing to the SPADE project.
As the standards identified and developed within SPADE are implemented, growers and ag retailers will be able to easily move data between software programs and systems to securely share data. This will simplify mixed-fleet field operations and improve decision making. It will facilitate crop insurance reporting and field or crop-scale revenue management. SPADE will also make it easier for growers to share data with their trusted advisors and other partners.
Several standards coming out of the project are nearly ready for publication and for use by all who need to exchange data in the ag industry. The team has completed a lot of work, with the initial focus on planting operations. The current focus – harvest and crop care – is nearing completion. They have also developed standard data exchange mechanisms (application programing interfaces) and the data elements needed for information to be moved.
The SPADE team initially identified the ISO 11783 international standard as the base for their work. They identified gaps and developed the enhancements required to meet the needs of the industry. As I mentioned above, we work with established standards organizations to assure we can implement globally – so a farmer in the USA, Europe, South America or elsewhere can get the value from our work. We have a formal relationship with AEF (Ag Electronics Foundation) and jointly submit enhancements to the ISO 11783 standard. We also work closely with GS1 (bar codes), ASABE (engineering) and others to assure things will work across all the platforms.
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