A Fresh Look at Plugfest

Jason O'Halloran (right) sits at his station during Spring Plugfest. (Photo courtesy of AEF)

I am looking around at all the people entering the large ballroom at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, NE. As I wait for the buzzer that will announce the first 35-minute rotation, signaling someone I have never met, from somewhere I have never been, to come to my station, I am nervous and excited and unsure what to expect. While I may sound like a desperate bachelor at a speed-dating event, I assure you that is not the case. I am a software engineer, new to the world of ISOBUS, attending a Plugfest event for the first time. Plugfest is an event held twice a year, where the best and brightest minds in the ISOBUS industry come from around the world to test their offerings, checking for compatibility with other ISOBUS equipment manufacturers.

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100% Employee Owned

Employee Owned

So did you hear the rumor? Maybe you got the information first hand, or read it in an email or saw it posted online somewhere. Certainly, as avid followers of this blog, you would recall me hinting about the possibility last September right here in this space. Right? That’s right – DISTek now has a new majority owner!

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AUTOSAR: Sender/Receiver Statuses & Queued Communication

In this blog, I will cover some tools to improve reliability and accuracy of data reception when using sender/receiver ports. AUTOSAR sender/receiver ports provide several configurations for improving reliability and accuracy. Two of which I will expand on are invalidation policy and queued communication. Invalidation policies are used for flagging data as unreliable and queued communication provides a means of storing and ordering received data to prevent data loss.

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2019 Spring AEF Plugfest Preview

The next ISOBUS Plugfest is just around the corner from May 07-09 in Lincoln, NE. If my quick mental count is correct, this Plugfest is lucky number 13 for me. I first attended in Austria in September 2012 and have been at each Plugfest since … except in 2016 when I had to miss the spring event due to a freak medical issue. In the seven years I have been attending, AEF has almost doubled in membership, hundreds of products have been AEF certified, and Plugfests have lengthened from two to three days each.

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DISTek COO Elected to AEM AG Sector Board

DISTek Executive VP & COO, Jeremy Yoder, has been elected to the AEM AG Sector Board

Last month, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announced their newly elected board members. Among them was our very own Executive VP and COO, Jeremy Yoder. Jeremy will serve on the AEM AG Sector Board.

Recently, I took some time to sit down with Jeremy to talk about this exciting new venture......

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Our Fargo Office Moves Downtown

DISTek has been offering engineering services in the Red River Valley for almost a decade now. During that time, we’ve seen our engineering team in Fargo grow from a single individual to a team of ten. We were definitely at capacity at our office up on the North side of Fargo, even having to go so far as putting a desk in the corner of our conference room to accommodate our team.

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Software Architecture: Pitfalls

Welcome to part two of my blog series on software architecture. The previous blog focused on an overview of software architecture in general. Part three will focus on software architecture that I have found to be beneficial. For now, let’s review four common software architecture pitfalls that I have encountered:

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