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1. (WO2019025278) METHOD FOR OPERATING A USER TERMINAL OF AN AGRICULTURAL MACHINE AND AGRICULTURAL MACHINE
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Claims

Method for operating an user terminal (7) of an agricultural machine, comprising

- providing a user terminal (7) in a control system (3) of an agricultural machine, the user terminal (7) connected to a power supply (13) and configured to transmit, through a control bus (6), control signals to functional elements (10a; 10b) of the agricultural machine;

- applying a supply power, through a supply line, to the user terminal (7) with a voltage level provided by the power supply (13), the voltage level being an normal operation voltage level;

- determining at least one of a turn-on state of an ignition device of the agricultural machine and a drop of the supply power provided by the power supply (13) in the supply line to a reduced voltage level which is smaller than a minimum operation voltage level, the minimum operation voltage level being equal to or smaller than the normal operation voltage level and the drop of the supply power being caused by the ignition device switching into the turn-on state;

- in response to the determining, boosting the reduced voltage level to a boosted voltage level by a voltage upscating device connected to the supply line, the boosted voltage level reaching at least the minimum operation voltage level;

- operating, while the ignition device is in the turn-on state, the user terminal (7) with the power supply having the boosted voltage level;

- determining at least one of a turn-off state of the ignition device and termination of the drop of the supply power provided by the power supply (13) in the supply line, the termination of the drop being caused by the ignition device switching into the turn-off state;

- in response to the determining, terminating the boosting of the reduced voltage level; and

- applying the supply power, through the supply line, to the user terminal (7) with the voltage level provided by the power supply (13), the voltage level being the normal operation voltage level.

Method of claim 1 , wherein the operating of the user terminal (7) comprises

- enabling a user control mode of operation of the user terminal (7);

- running software applications in the user terminal (7);

- enabling a display device of the user terminal (7); and

- enabling the control bus (6), thereby, operating the control bus (6) in a bus control mode allowing for transmission of the control signals through the control bus (6).

Method of claim 2, wherein the operating of the user terminal (7) comprises controlling operation of one of the functional elements (10a; 10b) of the agricultural machine in the user control mode of operation, comprising

- receiving a user input for controlling operation of the one of the functional elements (10a; 10b) through an input device of the user terminal (7);

- in response to the user input, generating present control signals;

- transmitting the present control signals to the control unit assigned to the one of the functional elements { 0a; 0b) through the control bus (6); and

- operating the functional elements (10a; 10b) according to the present control signals.

Method of at least one of the preceding claims, wherein the operating of the user terminal (7) comprises enabling a standby mode of operation for the user terminal (7), comprising

- continuing with running one or ail of the software applications in the user terminal (7);

- disabling the display device of the user terminal (7); and

- disabling the control bus (6), thereby, preventing transmission of the control signals from the user terminal (7) through the control bus (6).

Method of claims 2 or 3 and claim 4, wherein the operating of the user terminal (7) comprises disabling the control mode of operation and enabling the standby mode of operation for the user terminal (7) in response to the determining of the turn-off state.

Method of claim 4 or 5, wherein the operating the user terminal (7), while the ignition device is in the turn-on state, comprises re-enabling the control mode of operation for the user terminal (7).

Method of at least one of the preceding claims, further comprising preventing the user terminal (7), while the ignition device is in the turn-on state, from at least one of switching to a turn-off state and re-booting.

Method of at least one of the preceding claims, further comprising providing the voltage upscaling device in the user terminal (7).

Method of at least one of the preceding claims, the boosting comprising boosting a reduced voltage level of about 2 to 4 V to a boosted voltage level of about 10 to 12 V

10. Method of at least one of the preceding claims, wherein the providing comprises providing the user terminal in a tractor (1) of the agricultural machine, the tractor (1 ) trailing or carrying an implement (2), wherein at least some of the functional elements (10b) are provided on the implement (2).

11. An agricultural machine, comprising

- a control system (3);

- a user terminal (7) provided in the control system (3);

- a power supply (13) connected to the user terminal (7) through a supply line;

- a voltage upscaling device connected to the supply line;

- functional control elements (10a; 10b); and

- a control bus (6) provided in the control system (3) and configured to transmit control signals from the user terminal (7) to the functional elements (10a; 10b);

wherein the user control system (3) is configured to operate the user terminal (7) according to a method of at least one of the preceding claims.