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Precision 'platforms'

Raven released a report this report this morning about the company's new Slingshot operating platform:

 

"Building upon the Slingshot suite of wireless products and services, including RTK correction, data transfer, remote support, high speed internet access and more, the Slingshot API is designed to bridge the information gap between activity in the field and existing software at the office." (Here's the full report). 

 

Makes me wonder if this is the start of a new direction in the precision ag industry, much like computers (and now smartphones) in general: The development of whole operating platforms, much like the Mac OS and Windows operating systems (and Linux, for you real tech-heads!) in desktop and laptop computers and Android, RIM (Blackberry) and Apple in smartphones. Do you think we'll see all the big players in precision ag going to their own complete operating systems like these examples in computers and smartphones? If so, how will you make your precision ag tool buying decisions? Loyalty to one company, total ease of use, cost or something else? 

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Re: Precision 'platforms'

We've been through the days of everyong getting standardizing on the three-point hitch, PTO size and speed, hydraulic couplings (for the most part), air glad hands and PC operating systems.  I ain't gonna fool around with no proprietary systems.  Over time, the industry will tend to one or two main systems.  Apple is about the only major PC player with a proprietary OS.  The cell phone people will probably get down to a couple in a few years.  A

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