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arvato Systems Wins ‘Best in Cloud’ Final

‘farmpilot’ Wins Over Computerwoche Jury

(PresseBox) (Gütersloh, ) (arvato Systems) Germany – farmpilot, the organization portal for the agricultural sector from arvato Systems, can now proudly carry the title ‘Best in Cloud.’ The application won over the jury for the ‘Best in Cloud’ award run by the Computerwoche magazine in the ‘Software as a Service (SaaS)’ category that was contested by six other competitors. The winners of this year’s competition were announced at the ‘Best in Cloud’ conference in Mainz, Germany on the evening of the 25 October.

The systems integrator arvato Systems submitted farmpilot as its entry for the ‘Best in Cloud 2012’ award, and it was awarded first place. Dr. Nikolaus Gouders, Senior Manager at arvato Systems, impressed both the jury and the audience with his presentation at the ‘Best in Cloud’ conference at the Rheingoldhalle in Mainz. The head of the farmpilot team demonstrated the advantages of the arvato Systems solution and emphasized how state-of-the-art cloud technology can be used to efficiently support traditional areas such as the agriculture sector.

The jury evaluated the finalists’ projects in terms of customer benefits, cost efficiency, market potential, and the implementation expertise of the provider, among other things. “We are delighted with this award,” says Dr. Gouders. “The ‘Best in Cloud’ award is recognition of the quality of our work and shows that arvato Systems’ cloud expertise can provide our customers with real solutions to their needs. It’s a great incentive for the future.”

The goal of the farmpilot system is to improve the coordination of vehicles (such as tractors, shredders, and field sprayers) used by agricultural companies for field work. To this end, each vehicle is equipped with either a built-in machine terminal or a mobile device such as a tablet PC. Operators can monitor their vehicles from an Internet-based farmpilot control center in real time in a radar-like fashion, and assign tasks using mobile telecommunications. On the vehicles themselves, farmpilot is used as a navigation system that guides the driver to the next work location.

Vehicles can also be categorized into groups. All of the drivers in a group can see the positions of the other group members on their terminals at all times. This is especially helpful during a corn harvest, for example, because machines such as shredders and transport vehicles need to be very closely coordinated.

farmpilot helps users to achieve significant time savings when using expensive high-tech devices. This not only increases capacities, but also helps, for example, farmers to use the tight windows for harvesting as efficiently as possible. Agricultural service providers, such as machinery rings or contractors, can use farmpilot to simplify the planning of complex harvesting, fertilizing, and plant protection efforts. Work that has been conducted can also be better documented and billed for customers using the data that farmpilot records.

You can find more information about farmpilot on our website at

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