With our solution for automatic Track Planning we offer you a versatile portfolio around the functions for precalculation and optimization of tracks and field elements up to the optimized calculation of a complete field processing strategy. The ensuing results, such as optimal tracks, created geo-objects and comprehensive strategies, can be transferred to your displays and steering systems without losses in order to improve the positioning of your machines in the field of precision farming.
Optimally planned paths taking into account a wide range of attributes, such as processing modes or machine widths
The paths for the main field can be planned with the Parallel and Contour modes. The entered working width of the machine is used. The program calculates the paths parallel to field boundary segments and suggests the best solutions.
For each scenario, statistical data such as number of paths, path length and number of turns are calculated in order to additionally estimate and compare the quality of the solution.
Simple pre-planning of the work in the headland without much effort already in the office
With this solution, work in the headland can already be pre-planned in the office on the basis of a field boundary. Previously, a driver had to laboriously record the lanes on the terminal of his steering system on site. Now, planning is done directly on the PC by clicking on the respective segments of the field boundary. With the working width entered, the headland zones are automatically generated. Gaps at unusual edges are thus no longer a problem, unlike with the guidance system.
In addition to the headland zones, the associated guidance tracks are also generated. These are generated on the basis of entered working widths. This allows the operator to conveniently use his automatic steering system even when working in the headland.
Consideration of different processing sequences of main areas, headlands and islands
The solution also supports different processing sequences of main areas, headlands and island bypasses. Different track systems are possible for the main area, including sequential, "piercing", "from outside to inside", and skipping tracks according to specific patterns. In this way, an optimal sequence of the various field sections and tramlines can first be simulated and then the can be specified to the machine.
Furthermore, the matching of the tramlines of successive vehicles with different working widths is supported. The different tramline systems can be planned in parallel and exported individually for each machine...
Automatic Path Planning is a cross-platform application which can be fully integrated into your existing system according to individual requirements. A highly portable functional core combined with a flexible GUI allows the software to be integrated on the following platforms:
In addition, we offer our customers a PC demonstration and development environment for joint development and system integration. This allows us to guarantee faster development times with simultaneous on-site testing directly at the customer's site. In addition, integrated analysis and update tools guarantee rapid prototype development and provide the basis for downstream integration into the desired target platform.
The path planning module has been directly integrated into FMIS "FarmInfo". With this, in addition to the cultivation planning and application maps, path planning can also be carried out for the corresponding fields. The transfer to the machine takes place either by USB stick or by radio. Among others, displays of the companies Trimble, Topcon are supported.
The path planning module was integrated by LACOS into the 365FarmNet platform as a 3rd party plugin with its own interface. Among other things, it relies on the LACOS-hosted WebService with REST interface. The customer can thus plan paths for his fields in this platform and use them in his CLAAS "S10" displays as well as in any other display with ISO-XML support.
As a machine manufacturer or hardware supplier, you have the option of integrating our software packages into your existing system individually and specifically according to your requirements. In this way, you benefit directly from the numerous advantages of our solutions around reliability, customer orientation and many years of expert knowledge. As your partner, we accompany you from the basic idea through the individual requirements analysis to the complete integration of our solution into your system. Optimize your agricultural machinery now and benefit from the comprehensive advantages of automatic lane planning.
With LACOS you get almost 30 years of intensive experience in the field of software-based machine control and information processing. Our experienced developers work daily on optimizing and expanding our solutions in the field of precision farming. Driven by innovation, creativity and customer requirements, we are constantly discovering new ways of adapting agricultural technology even better to the wishes and needs of the user. In-house developed algorithms and development structures, in-depth analyses as well as state-of-the-art tools and standards are applied here.
Innovative, individually and high-quality developed software gives your solutions a unique selling proposition, which clearly distinguishes you from your competitors. With the help of intelligent GPS development, the targeted use of mathematical algorithms, extensive communication with ISOBUS systems and the use of state-of-the-art tools and standards, we expand and specialize the functional portfolio of your products.
With LACOS as a software specialist in agricultural engineering, you gain 30 years of intensive experience in the field of agricultural information processing. Together we discover hidden potentials or close open gaps in the further development of your machines.
The philosophy of LACOS is characterised by innovation, sustainability, customer satisfaction and employee safety. The commitment to implement these guiding principles and integrate them into the company's day-to-day operations has been confirmed by the wide range of awards and certificates that we have received.
In 2007 and 2011, LACOS won a silver medal at "Agritechnica" – the world's leading trade fair for agricultural technology – thanks to its innovative ideas.
The recruitment and securing of skilled workers are important management pillars at LACOS. Internal structures, processes and measures are always interpreted in terms of reconciling work and family life.
From the idea to the finished product – all development steps for the company's proprietary software products are carried out exclusively at the two German company locations.
After LACOS had been announced as one the finalists for the Grand Prize for Medium-Sized Businesses in 2016, the company was one of 30 companies in 2017 to be awarded the Medium-Sized Business Prize.
The health and well-being of employees is an important asset for LACOS. Internal health management uses various measures to make work, organisation, structures and processes healthy.
LACOS was once awarded the “Innovative through Research” seal for 2018/2019 by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V., the German donors' association for the promotion of humanities and sciences.
In accordance with the consulting guidelines of the Free State of Thuringia, the company receives a subsidy to increase its performance and competitiveness by providing advice from independent management consultants - intensive consulting and process support. The results and recommendations for action will be recorded in a consultant report. The funding is provided by the European Social Fund and state funds from the Free State of Thuringia.