With all the activity surrounding telematics and farm management systems, it can be hard to keep track of the players involved, what each one does, if their efforts overlap and if they work together efficiently.

Right now, five organizations are actively working to develop standards for the agriculture industry. They include:

  • AEF (Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation)
  • AEM (Association of Equipment Manufacturers)
  • AgGateway
  • ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers)
  • ISO (International Organization for Standardization)

Representatives of all five organizations met recently in Louisville, Kentucky following ASABE’s Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference (AETC). An overview of the roles of each group was presented in an open discussion to inform attendees and answer questions.

Facilitating Relationships

One of the highlights of the presentation was an overview of the national and international standards organization structure and how the work activities of the different groups makes its way to the standards committees. 

Attendees learned that discussion on standards development often begins in AEM technical committees, and AEM helps facilitate working relationships between organizations like AEF and AgGateway.

This lays the groundwork for creation of guidelines and business processes that are developed into national standards and ultimately, international standards through organizations like ASABE and ISO.

Working Together

The diagram above was presented to help illustrate some of the areas of activity between AEF and AgGateway and how they work together on farm management systems.

The top of the diagram illustrates the combinations of machine-to-machine communications where AEF focuses much of its efforts. But further down, activity starts to transition between AEF and AgGateway project teams.

The lower section represents the management systems that farmers use to effectively run their farm business activities, the primary focus of AgGateway. 

For More Information

For more information on ag standards development, contact AEM Technical Director Mark Benishek (mbenishek@aem.org, tel: 414-298-4118).