Precise knowledge for Precision Farming

"Increase crop yield with software? The combination of sensors, algorithms and cloud applications is helping to find the right amount of soil management and fertilization needed. ITK will guide you in Precision Farming."

Cultivating Software Development Processes

Reusable software with highly efficient and effective development – that's what matters in your industry. Here we provide our expertise in model-based development methods to support you in implementing AUTOSAR and XiL technologies. We also develop real-time applications and semi-autonomous control systems with future-proof architectures for attachments and combine our knowledge of control systems design, signal and image processing – of course always keeping functional safety, according to ISO 25119, in mind.

Ensuring Interoperability

Interoperability between tractors and attachments from different manufacturers is still one of the biggest sticking points in development. Despite the standardized communication protocol ISOBUS (ISO 11783), the development and testing efforts are significant. In order to keep these costs as low as possible, we provide thorough quality assurance using static and dynamic software verification and early verification and validation with MiL, SiL or HiL standards. We can also assist with test automation for the vast array of AEF ISOBUS test scenarios.

Big Data - Reliable and Secure Cloud Applications

Precision Farming offers the chance to make agriculture more efficient and environmentally friendly. However, the enormous amount of data (Big Data) from agricultural machinery sensors and external data providers, like fertilizer manufacturers, are serious challenges to systems and software engineering of cloud applications. The data collection and analysis along with structuring and storage in database systems require software architectures that enable efficient data management and analysis in real time. Due to this increased complexity, we apply model-based development methods with a broad expertise in real-time applications and signal processing in order to secure the application early in development and ensure its reliability. Additionally, we work intensively in the field of security and employ protection mechanisms to provide secure authenticity and authorization of the application. Only those who protect their applications and their users against unauthorized access survive in the market.

Our Services

  • (Semi-Autonomous) Controls (Software and Hardware)
  • Systems Engineering
  • Development: Introduction of Development Methods, Processes and Standards
  • Data Communication (ISOBUS)

Applications

  • Powertrain (Software Development)
  • Electrification
  • Traction Control