Vehicle Panel PC for Intelligent Farming
Intelligent vehicle display computers are a core element of "Precision Farming" technology, controlling farming machines like combine harvesters quickly and easily. The tasks of those mobile telemetry control systems typically include GPS-controlled fleet management (optimized driving on large fields and coordination of escort vehicles), data acquisition (positionally accurate gathering of amount and quality of harvest, humidity...), data storage (to make the gathered data usable, e.g., for optimized fertilizer distribution), displaying the video feed from external cameras, etc.
The electronics inside the full custom 12.1" touch panel PC control units are based on standard ESMexpress Computer-On-Modules on a customized carrier board. Depending on the performance requirements of the different farming vehicles, the COMs used are either Intel Atom or Intel Core based. All wireless interfaces like WLAN, GPS, GSM and UMTS are installed as PCI Express Mini cards mounted on the carrier board. Cameras that are installed outside of the vehicles are connected via Gigabit Ethernet if IP-based or via frame grabber if analog. An additional CAN bus interface is used to control machine functions like steering and controls the tools mounted on the machine.
Standard Components Used in this Example
The CB70C is an x86 PC based Rugged COM Express type 6 module for industrial automation, medical computers, in-vehicle computers, and embedded computers in transportation, featuring the 3th generation Ivy Bridge Intel Core family up to the i7-3615QE processor. The CB70C supports conductive cooling technology and is 100% EMC proof.
The XM1L is a rugged Computer-On-Module of the ESMexpress family equipped with an Intel Atom XL processor (Z510P, Z530P, Z510PT, Z520PT).