Just as we once navigated the oceans using the stars, data can now help you optimize the results of your livestock operations. BFN Fusion is a game changing software platform. It bundles all data generated by your farms and adds relevant value to your production. Big Data à la Big Dutchman.
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With BFN Fusion, Big Dutchman launched a unique solution for the digitalisation of farm data in 2021 – irrespective of equipment manufacturer.
Just a year later, the German livestock equipment supplier has already made customers from more than 21 countries very happy, i.e. literally everybody who uses BFN Fusion: the digital platform has certainly been well-received!
Would you like to find out what’s been going on since the launch? Would you like to learn more, and what BFN Fusion is all about? Find the perfect video below – including captions.
By the way: More videos are to follow – stay tuned!
1. Introduction | What BFN Fusion is all about
With BFN Fusion, Big Dutchman has presented a unique solution for the digitalisation of your farm data. Would you like to find out what’s been going on since the launch? Would you like to learn more, and what BFN Fusion is all about? Well then, this is the perfect video for you.
Hello and welcome to How to BFN fusion. My name is Annette and I’m happy to say I’m joined today by Simon.
Annette: We of course met at the BFN Fusion launch. Lovely see you here and I’d love to know from you what’s been happening since the launch.
Simon: A lot, really a lot. We have been very busy. So, first of all, we have been travelling worldwide, talking to customers. We have been introducing even more modules into the BFN Fusion platform. We have been introducing even more functionality into the existing modules.
And from where we came, with just a few test customers, we now have customers in 21 countries actually using the system. The most important thing to me there is that we get really good feedback from everybody who uses it. And when I talk to my colleagues in sales, they also say they have many more discussions with customers about going digital and they are very pleased that we can now actually really support them on this. So, all in all, I’m quite happy.
Annette: So, a lot of customers already in the picture, but I think a lot of people still aren’t quite in the picture with BFN Fusion. Can you tell us a bit more about it? What exactly is BFN Fusion and who is it for?
Simon: BFN Fusion are the digital services from Big Dutchman, which help you to optimize and manage your farms in a better way, get the proper overview.
What it does is actually ensure that we get your farms connected, that we collect the data and make the data available in the cloud. On top of that, we have different modules that actually support you in managing better, so helping you to become more efficient.
And it does not matter whether you have one farm or manage multiple farms or need to manage an entire value chain. We can support you there. And even customers who did not equip their farms with Big Dutchman equipment can be part of this. We will even be able to connect their farms.
So we have a wide variety of users here. We have the farm workers. We have the managers at the farm. We have managers at the headquarters. We have poultry experts, veterinarians, and we have people from feed mills, slaughter plants, using the applications worldwide.
A door to all digital services
Annette: So a multifold of users here, but how do they actually use BFN Fusion? What does it actually look like?
Simon: Yeah, I think we can have a look at the screen here. One of the first things that you recognise is that this does not say BFN Fusion immediately, it says My Big Dutchman. My Big Dutchman is Big Dutchman’s customer portal.
As a customer, that’s your door to all digital services from Big Dutchman. Once you are registered here, you can go in and manage your account. Look after all invoices, you can look for spare parts. You can look for documentation on our equipment. And you can even get some great deals in our webshop and of course you can also access the BFN Fusion modules application from here.
Application modules for more efficiency
Annette: Okay, so can you tell us a bit – I mean, it looks very easy to use, but these applications, how are they even valuable to the customer?
Simon: I think first of all, it’s about connecting, getting your data. And then we have these different application modules on top, which help you become more efficient. I’ll just do two or three examples here for you.
If we look at an application like Survey. Survey allows you to analyse your production in details, which means finding root causes to problems and thereby optimising. We have applications like Trend Warnings that looks after your production and tells you that you have an issue before it actually becomes a problem. We have Slaughter Weight Prediction, which helps you to predict the weight of your broilers days before slaughter.
And one last example, I know I’ve said only two or three, but I’ll mention this one as well: the export. Sounds a bit techy. But what is important is that to make use of data, our customers need to get the data into their other applications, other systems to really make the data valuable. That’s what the Export application is doing: it makes the data we collect available for other applications.
So that is just a few examples. And as you can see, there’s way more to explore here.
Annette: So, I see we have a lot of different applications, and it seems a lot of advantages for the customer. Is this unique? Are there competitors who are doing something similar or in fact the same as what Big Dutchman is doing?
Simon: Of course, our colleagues in the business have their own strategy, and they are developing applications. So you can say kind of competing applications.
But what we see is that they take a different approach than we do. They have more of what I like to call the top-down approach. They start looking at developing really nice dashboards, really nice analytic tools. So you can say really nice colours and graphs.
We have more of a bottom-up approach, where we started focusing on actually getting the data from the farms into the cloud. They are on top of that, putting out the applications.
Furthermore, it is important that we decided from the beginning that connecting is not just about connecting and getting the data, connecting is also about supporting our customers with two very difficult things, which are connectivity from the farms and cybersecurity. So those two things are actually built in as a standard into our applications.
If we should wrap it up shortly, then I think our approach means access to data, real-time data from the farms in a well-structured way, where you can trust the data because they are valid, and they are filtered, and the connectivity is ensured. And finally, part of this is also making your farm as well as your data in the cloud secure in terms of cybersecurity. I think that is what sets us apart from the competitors.
Annette: Interesting what you say about the data, so really a fully comprehensive system that truly works. Thank you, Simon.
And with that we have come to the end of this video, the first in the introduction to BFN Fusion. If you’d like to follow the videos, then please do remember to subscribe and otherwise we look forward to seeing you again next time.
2. Connnecting Farms | How do we connect farms?
BFN Fusion safely connects all of your farm data on one single platform, irrespective of equipment manufacturer. But is it true that all farms can be connected? And if so, how? That’s exactly what we are going to find out in this next video.
Hello and welcome to a new video of How to BFN Fusion. My name is Annette and I am here today with Sören.
Annette: Sören, we’ve heard a lot about BFN Fusion and what it’s all about. But what I would like to know today is how do I actually get my farm connected to it?
Sören: To connect to BFN Fusion, we have OrbitX. It’s an IoT gateway which uses 4G technology to get your data up to the cloud.
Annette: Okay, sounds good. Can all customers do this?
Sören: Yes. BD and non-BD equipped farms can be connected to the cloud, and we do that with wires and without. And we do it by connecting to controllers or just using stand-alone sensors.
Annette: Okay. That sounds truly special.
Sören: Yes, it is special. We really invested a lot of effort, passion, and the engineering time to get a very round package. So by now we have climate sensors, like temperature and humidity, we have water counters, we have bird scales, silo scales, and even batch scales for feed weighing.
Annette: That sounds impressive. But what would interest me is, how does the actual setup differ if it’s a Big Dutchman farm, or a non-Big Dutchman farm?
Sören: Yes. Let’s have a look at the graphic. If we have a BD farm, or a BD-equipped farm, it’s very easy. You have the Viper controller, one, two, three, four, as many as we have on the farm. Those controllers then send the data to OrbitX, and OrbitX sends the data up to the cloud.
If we have a non-BD equipped farm, we just install sensors. We can do that with wired or with wireless sensors. And those sensors then send the data to our OrbitX, one per house. And then OrbitX again sends the data fast, safely, and securely up to the cloud.
Annette: You make it sound easy, but is it actually complicated?
Sören: No. I think it’s actually as easy as it sounds. We had a customer a short time ago who said, yeah well, equip all my houses with those sensors. And I told him, you can do it on your own. And he actually installed 16 of those sensors here, well, and similar ones, and connected them to the gateway.
And then he realized he took the wrong positions, rearranged them, one hour later he had a different setup, and everything went straight up to the cloud. So, really easy to set up, but if you like, of course we help you to set it up, especially with the wired sensors.
Annette: Sounds good. And also it sounds nice and easy if you do do it yourself. So, yeah. Terrific.
Thank you very much and thank you once again for joining us. Please do subscribe to our video channel and looking forward to seeing you again next time.
BFN Fusion provides its users with reliable data for decision-making to control and optimize their production. But how secure are data transmission, processing, and storage? We’re gonna find out exactly that in this video.
Hello and welcome to a new video of How to BFN Fusion. I’m Annette and with me is Sören.
Annette: Sören, today we’re going to be talking about the subject of security. And the first thing I’d love to know is, where does the data actually go, once the farm is connected?
Sören: As soon as the farm is connected, the data goes to the cloud where it is stored forever, if the customer likes.
Annette: Stored forever if the customer likes? So, who actually has access to this data, this information, this cloud?
Sören: The customer decides who has access to his data, and if he likes, we delete it, if he wants it’s stored forever.
The customer is boss
Annette: Okay. So does Big Dutchman ever have access to this data?
Sören: Yes. When we have a service case, then the customer can grant us access. And as soon as the service case is closed, this access can be canceled. So the customer always stays owner and in control of his data.
Annette: Okay. So as a customer I don't need to worry that Big Dutchman might just peek at my data or have a look. It’s totally safe and unless I give Big Dutchman permission, Big Dutchman cannot access my data?
Annette: Okay. Before we’re going to end today, we were talking about this whole subject of security. It really is very interesting and for me impressive, how Big Dutchman does take it as a huge priority. Could you possibly maybe give us some more examples or elaborate a bit on this?
Sören: Yes. Before we started with the BFN Fusion project, the farmers often had an outdated farm PC. And we took that as a mission and we said, okay, we take this topic for us, as a challenge, and that’s why we brought OrbitX into the game. It has over-the-air updates, it ensures that the farm network is disconnected from the public internet, but still data can go to the cloud. So that’s a real big plus in security.
Furthermore, we have Microsoft Azure as a platform partner, and they work with 3500 employees just on the topic of security. Of course we use state-of-the-art communication technologies, which are, of course, all encrypted. And finally, to keep that quality level on the edge, and on a very very high level, we strive for the ISO 20000 certification.
Annette: Thank you for sharing that with us, Sören. I really believe that our customers know in this regard that their data is safe with Big Dutchman, because that really is quite impressive, how much security is taken care of in this regard with BFN Fusion.
Thank you for joining us with this video and hope to see you again with the next video, and please remember, subscribe to our channel if you haven’t already done so. See you again soon.
Digitalization: the rising star of your livestock production.
BFN Fusion is a milestone for digitalization in agriculture – not only for us as a company: our cloud-based solution sets new standards for the entire industry. BFN Fusion offers producers a great variety of added value, especially for larger companies with multiple farms at different locations.
- Full control and maximum security
- Lower costs, increase efficiency, achieve predictable success
- Eliminate human error, reduce the staff workload
- Reduce production risks
- Create complete and secure documentation
- Reduce diseases and minimize losses
- Remain flexible and capable of acting
Production made more efficient, profitable and sustainable
The system provides standardized data from all production phases and from every link of your value chain. It allows the integration of feed mills, slaughterhouses, hatcheries, feed silos and more, and manages all data centrally, including those from your ERP system.
As a user, you can easily and securely access all production-relevant information in comprehensive form and bundled on one innovative cloud platform. For the first time ever, you will be able to monitor the entire value chain without gaps, allowing data-based optimization of your production.
BFN Fusion also facilitates the documentation of all production processes, indicates potential for optimization and makes your business more sustainable and more profitable.
Everything that matters, at a glance
As a cloud-based solution, you can access BFN Fusion from anywhere in the world and with any device: your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop PC.
The user interface is easy to understand and intuitive to use. Because we know what information is truly important for your daily tasks. This is how we guide you to stay safely on track for success.
Different BFN Fusion modules, one goal
BFN Fusion provides you with the full overview and control of your production chain, at all locations and in real time. We have developed a specific application module for every aspect of your business.
Over time, we will add more modules as they are relevant for our three business units for egg production, poultry growing and pig production. BFN Fusion will continue to grow, and so will your possibilities of confidentially meeting the future challenges of the agricultural industry.
OrbitX – small box, big connection
Do you use equipment or controllers from other manufactures, maybe even different ones on different farms? No problem! Our OrbitX IoT gateway is the missing link that connects every type of hardware with BFN Fusion – easily, securely and reliably. The small box is easy to install at any of your locations.
OrbitX transfers all your production and climate data to the BFN Fusion cloud in real time. Integrating OrbitX into your existing farm network, you can interconnect the data of all your locations and farms. BFN Fusion validates and structures the real-time data from all of your farms: for the first time ever, you will receive a full, detailed and comparable overview of your entire value chain.
- Connection of all manufacturers
- All farms connected, all data visible
- Independent of the internet on site
- Completely cared for and secure
- Connected worldwide, unrivaled worldwide