The October issue of Farm Industry News will look at fleet management and how to get the most use out of the latest telemetry packages available on new farm equipment. One of the new capabilities of telemetry packages is called mixed-fleet management or the ability to the monitor the vehicle parameters of different brands of vehicles from one interface.
This capability is quickly becoming a reality thanks to the work of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the Association of Equipment Management Professionals, which are spearheading a standard for manufacturers to follow. That standard will enable different telemetry software packages “talk” to each other, a software-to-software solution broadly referred to as API, which stands for application programming interface.
Forester Daily News wrote about this last week in an article called “Equipment Management Evolves with a New Standard Telematics API,” written by Dan Rafter.
“This new standard—the API standard version 2.0—allows contractors to access telematics data from one single log-in website, even if their fleet includes vehicles made by several different manufacturers.”
The new standard is still in draft stage, with an estimated completion date of the end of 2015, the article states. “But even once that occurs, it will be up to the manufacturers of telematics equipment to make data from their machines available to customers.”
The bottom line: Farmers who want the ability to monitor different makes of vehicles from a single website should ask whether such a feature is available before buying new equipment, since the standard isn’t mandatory.