The agriculture industry, like any other, relies on precise and timely information as it grows. Farmers, stockers and feed store owners rely on the use of information to make informed decisions about what to plant and which crops to harvest and ultimately, how to protect their investments. It’s no wonder that companies such as Agri-Bus and AgriExpo are booming. With competition from global markets and the Internet, farmers need all the help they can get to stay on top of technology. In order to stand out and remain profitable, companies in this industry must provide access to accurate, up-to-date information at all times.
In order to understand exactly what AgriBus and AgriExpo are doing, one must first understand exactly what an Oprogram is. An Oprogram, or programmable logic system, is a computer hardware device, usually based on a microprocessor or assembly language, that can be programmed to perform specific tasks. In the case of AgriBus and AgriExpo, this means providing real-time information to growers and stockers about current planting plans, weather patterns and soil condition data. The system is designed to allow growers to quickly and easily discern exactly what is going on in the field-whether it is bumper crops, pollination times, terrain conditions or crop maturity-without having to spend valuable time away from the computer.
An Oprogram, also known as a processor, can run on either batteries or AC direct current (DC). It is designed to communicate with an interface board, which is located on the tractor, or with a computer linked to the agri-bus. The processor will determine what information needs to be provided to the rider. AgriExpo’s system, AgriBus- NA, is a simple GPS guidance unit designed to mount on tractors or other vehicles. The system is equipped with both audio and visual displays. It allows a rider to listen to pre-programmed messages or speak the command for a particular type of activity.
On the other hand, AgriExpo’s system, AgriBus, is an updated version of its predecessor, the Oprogram, or Programmable Logic Controller, originally designed for the original IBM Model M. The original Bus had no external control interface and depended entirely on the owner’s manual. Today, AgriExpo and other producers have designed interfaces that incorporate a host of LCD displays with digital display panels, keypads, numeric keyboards, touch-screens, resistive or capacitive input and output controls and other accessories. These controllers provide a variety of functions, depending on the type of application. For example, there are those that are designed to be used in conjunction with a computer or web-based control interface; others are designed for operation using remote controls and other handheld devices such as hand-held GPS units. Others still are intended to be used in conjunction with vehicle automation systems, namely in trucking applications.
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