MILWAUKEE (Oct 19, 2022) – The Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) has extended its compatibility checker to include its latest ISOBUS support service, the AEF Task Validator. The new Task Validator will streamline service and reduce downtime in the field for farmers, dealer technicians and farmer technicians who want to quickly resolve software formatting and incompatibility issues themselves. 

Farmers who transfer data from their tractor to their Farm Management Information Systems (FMIS) or vice versa via a USB stick will at times run into software incompatibility issues. This can be due to out-of-date software, USB formatting or misread folders, for example. The new Task Validator helps to identify the issue and provides resolutions to fix the incompatibilities.

“The farmer can do a compatibility check to see if his tractor/terminal and FMIS ‘speak the same language’ so they can work together. By using the Task Validator, he can identify issues in the taskdata file and fix them easily himself,” says Jan-Hendrik Wölker, AEF project coordinator. “Normally, this is difficult to do and can be very time consuming, but the Task Validator will properly analyze and validate their ISOBUS taskdata to get to the core of the problem.”

The new AEF Task Validator is part of AEF’s database tool, a trusted resource where users can look up information on ISOBUS compatibility functionalities and cross brand compatibility. The web-based database allows anytime, anywhere access for free. The Task Validator is a functionality one can use when the machine task controller is having some discrepancies getting the right data to the right terminals or displays.

“As more and more farms are online with FMIS and using the precision ag equipment needed to capture these efficiencies, it becomes incredibly important to develop a set of service tools to support equipment operators on the fly,” says Ryan Milligan, deputy of marketing communications, AEF. “The AEF Task Validator is a powerful tool that everyone using ISOBUS certified equipment needs to have saved on their devices."
According to a McKinsey & Company May 2022 Survey, nearly 55% of large farms today use farm management systems, and more than 50% of large farms use some form of precision agriculture hardware. Nearly a quarter of small farms use this technology or intend to use it over the next 2 years.

The AEF database is the only comprehensive repository of all ISOBUS compatible products in the world. Users easily drill down by brand, product or ISOBUS functionality to confirm product compatibility while in the office or in the field. Find the AEF Task Validator by registering for the free AEF Database online at

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