The standard

The introduction of the ISOBUS standard (= ISO 11783) and the development of ISOBUS technology were milestones in agricultural engineering because they provided a solution to the lack of compatibility problem.

Agricultural equipment manufacturers around the world have agreed on ISOBUS as the universal protocol for electronic communication between implements, tractors and computers.

ISOBUS standardises communication, creates compatibility and enables implements and machines to be used regardless of manufacturer, with the future aim of achieving plug and play capability for every combination. Just plug it in and you’re ready to go. In practice, this means that one ISOBUS terminal on the tractor replaces a multitude of terminals specific to single implements on the tractor.

But ISOBUS can go even further: the technology also manages documentation of the operations carried out in the field and data exchange with the farm PC.