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Interconnectivity between the individual components is the crucial requirement for the successful introduction of various digital tools.

Many individual digital solutions produce a large amount of data and information. These must be stored in a sensibly structured way and made available to other modules for further processing. The advantages of digitalization can only be used efficiently when the data exchange is highly automated and smooth.

Institutions that already offer products that enable interconnectivity between individual applications were interviewed on this topic.

Furthermore, researchers and scientists report on which approaches are being developed.

agrirouter - DKE-Data GmbH & Co. KG


DKE GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 2016. It consists of a consortium of well-known agricultural engineering companies (currently 16 shareholders), who have jointly realized that Farming 4.0 only works if there is a cross-manufacturer and cross-product data exchange.

Together with the consortium companies and sponsors, DKE-Data had the idea of creating a manufacturer-neutral, cross-product data exchange platform (agrirouter) and coordinated the necessary developments. Today the company controls all activities related to the operation of the agrirouter and coordinates its further development. DKE-Data GmbH & Co. KG is based in Osnabrück Science Park and acts as a non-profit company with a B2B business model.

The company is managed by Dr. Jens Möller, who did his doctorate in mechanical engineering at the Institute of Technology in Brunswick. In 2016 he was appointed managing director of the newly founded DKE-Data GmbH & Co. KG.

Dr. Johannes Sonnen is responsible for the product management at DKE-Data GmbH & Co. KG. After completing an apprenticeship as an industrial mechanic, he got a degree in agricultural engineering technology from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences (FH) and received his doctorate in the field of agricultural technology from the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2006.

The DKE-DATA consortium is globally open to additional shareholders and business partners.

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VDMA: Mechanical Engineering Industry Association


Since 2016 digital expert Dr. Hermann Buitkamp has been working for VDMA in the Agricultural Machinery Association, one of the largest specialist associations with 180 member companies and fifteen employees.

Approx. 95 percent of all German agricultural machinery companies (e.g. Claas, Deutz, Lemken, Agco / Fendt etc.) are members of VDMA. Together with the DLG, VDMA organizes the Agritechnica, the world's leading trade fair for agricultural machinery, every year.

In order to promote the digitalization of agriculture in Germany, VDMA has defined seven fields of action that are meant to improve the competitiveness of German agriculture, and proposed them to the Federal Minister of Agriculture.
The BMEL included some of these proposals in their brochure "Digital Policy Agriculture - Future Programme: Seizing Opportunities - Minimizing Risks".

In order to get to know the prospects of businesses better, VDMA is in regular contact with innovative agricultural businesses.
The goal of VDMA is a fruitful win-win situation that everyone involved profits from: the farmers who experience more social acceptance; society that recognizes that agribusiness takes animal welfare, resource and climate protection seriously; and last but not least the agricultural engineering industry, which can make full use of its innovation potential.

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