The way people produce food has dramatically changed over time. Dynamic farming technologies have been evolving in response to rapidly increasing demand for food and for feeding an ever-growing population. As a result, today we can observe highly mechanized crop and livestock production based on using advanced hardware and digital tools.
Modern agriculture and animal farms deploy numerous sophisticated equipment to address such problems as reducing pollution, maintaining the health of livestock and crops, promoting biodiversity, planning and carrying out agricultural operations, handling irrigation pivots, and many others.
To facilitate remote monitoring and maximize production output, specialized farm software and hardware need to be controlled by a single farm management system.
A well-established data management system is key to efficient planning and carrying out farm operations. The control function in such a system is usually performed by a dedicated farm software installed on a single data server. To get the required information, the server connects to farm devices like irrigation systems, electronic feeders, climate devices, etc. via serial ports so that the farm management software can collect data on the technical condition and performance of the equipment.
In case farm machines and hardware are located far from the single data center, there may be a need for remote access to the monitored devices. To make this possible, the data server and all required equipment are usually connected to a single network.
This, however, cannot guarantee that the devices will be able to communicate with each other and the data server. Obviously, to be able to access all equipment at a time regardless of its physical location, farm software needs to support a dedicated port virtualization technology that allows redirecting any USB or serial port over any distance.
Serial Port Virtualization Technology is an efficient solution that can be easily implemented in farm equipment management systems. The technology allows virtualizing serial devices and redirecting them via network protocols. That means a single data center gets the ability to connect to all required equipment over LAN or the Internet and access their sensors as though the devices were physically attached to the server.
Serial Port Redirection Technology is designed to provide any system with an unlimited number of virtual COM interfaces which completely emulate the behavior and parameters of real serial ports.
The port forwarding solution can be built into the operating system of farm equipment or integrated into farm management systems. What's more, with the custom development option offered by Eltima Software, you’ll be able to implement the technology of serial port virtualization in a system of any level.