What is the AEF?
The Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation was established in October 2008 by seven international manufacturers of agricultural implements and two associations. The initiative is an independent international organisation. It is a user platform that provides resources and expertise for the increased utilisation of electronic and electrical systems in agriculture.
Electronic systems make agricultural implements safer, more powerful, more precise and more efficient. However, individual manufacturers previously developed their own, proprietary solutions, which resulted in specific adjustments being necessary for each tractor/implement combination. ISOBUS is designed as a simpler approach that provides a non-proprietary "plug and play" solution. AEF Guidelines ensure that signals such as speed, lower link position, PTO speed etc. are made available in a standardised form by all implements. Communications between implements and field data are standardised and therefore simplified by means of the ISO-XML format. ISOBUS is one of the core tasks of the AEF.