Pig house control from a single source piece
At last the confusing varieties of different computer software for pig houses are a thing of the past: with BigFarmNet, Big Dutchman is launching a completely new technology in which all house applications and controllers are integrated in just one single software. This concept allows the user to access all important functions easily and intuitively: be it feeding or climate, be it just one pig house or an entire farm complex – all controllers and computers are linked together and use the same software with the same user interface. The World Premiere of BigFarmNet will be at this year’s EuroTier.
BigFarmNet will save farm managers an incredible amount of time. “Whether it concerns user or master data, pig movements, temperature settings or feed curves: all data have to be entered only once”, observes BigFarmNet project manager Dr. Henning Müller. “Also, it does not matter which computer the entries are made from, as all settings are taken over directly by all other computers in the network. This is one of the many advantages of the new software“.
Another advantage is the maximum operational reliability it provides during everyday use. Each of the linked computers can operate on its own. Should an interruption of the connection occur, the software re-distributes all data without loss. “Alarm messages from the production and climate areas are displayed together. In case of trouble, the farm manager is able to react very quickly because he has direct access to all controls“, says Dr. Müller.
Entries can be made from one or several Windows-PCs, from the new Big Dutchman-717-Touchscreen-computer, or via mobile access from an iPhone or Blackberry. All changes, configurations and settings remain traceable. At the same time, user rights can be assigned variably based on the application or on the house.
The BigFarmNet operating concept is characterised by its simple menu structure, the concise design and the real-time visualisation. All systems are shown as 3-D animations in exactly the same manner as they are installed on the farm. All functions can be manually accessed via these 3-D images.
BigFarmNet is a very communicative technology and supports the standardised ISOagriNET interface. This way data can be exchanged with other computers. The communication can, of course, also be carried out via other interfaces.