The Connected Machine
Big data is available everywhere. When used correctly, this data can help growers make strides in increasing yields and decreasing waste in their operations. Appareo develops technologies to help growers get data faster, easier and with less hassle. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) work with us to infuse these technologies into their equipment — creating a backbone of connectivity between machines and their operators.
Often called “the brains” of the machine, this ruggedized black box gathers data from a machine and shares it quickly and easily via CAN bus or WiFi directly to the virtual terminal (VT) or iPad… or even remotely to an iPhone.
You can remotely view information that the machine gateway is sending to the cab. Based on owner’s permission, dealers, OEMs, or other support resources can access the same information, view screens, and provide remote diagnostics and tech support.
With the flexibility of our machine gateway platform, we give growers the ability to control their machines through a variety of interfaces. Data is transferred using ISOBUS so that VTs can be utilized, yet we also offer machine control interfaces on Apple devices (iPad, iPhone) to allow growers to take machine control out of the cab and into the field.
With precision farming, growers must have granular and independent control of each part of their tractor and implements (motors, hydraulics, valves, etc.). Utilizing data gathered from sensors, our automation technology enables machines to adjust themselves for optimal performance.
We offer our OEM partners solutions that are truly turn-key. From product conceptualization and design, to manufacturing and certification, it all takes place under the same roof.
ISOBUS is a language that’s universal, so VT interfaces are usually limited. We’ve pushed those limits and have developed VT interfaces that are easy to use, with the fewest steps possible to important information. We also specialize in designing and developing iPad interfaces, taking our customers to the next level in their products’ ease-of-use.
Based on advanced research, we develop unique sensor solutions (optoelectronic, electromechanical, kinematic and MEMS-based). Rugged sensors extract data directly from the source. Smart software algorithms turn raw data into actionable information for automatic control systems and strategic task management.
Compared to Bluetooth, WiFi allows for longer-range and a more flexible data transfer. With no limit to the number of devices that can be connected and feeding data to the machine gateway, WiFi is the preferred technology for connecting our wireless sensors.