Farm Ireland

Saturday 24 February 2018

New software to Link in farmers with JD dealers

Bruce Lett

John Deere's new range of FarmSight technologies, designed to help optimise machinery and farm operations, will be the main focus of the company's stand at next month's Precision Farming Event.

FarmSight integrates wireless technology into both the arable farmer's business and the John Deere dealerships.

The concept is aimed at linking the equipment, owners, operators, dealers and agricultural consultants in order to enhance productivity.

The technology includes user-friendly monitors, sensors and wireless networks for machinery, and agronomic data to facilitate operational decision making.

One example is the telematics machine monitoring system. This web-based idea includes hardware and the 8R, 7R, and W660 series, along with T and S series combines, and self-propelled forage harvesters are being supplied with a complementary subscription for the machine's first year.

Besides remote monitoring of a machine's location, fuel consumption and status, JDLink Ultimate also enables remote diagnostics.

This system allows the machine to automatically generates message alerts via email or mobile phone (SMS) when a service or maintenance is required.

Based on the machine owner's preference, message alerts can be sent directly to the owner or fleet manager, the John Deere dealer or both.

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This entirely new level of service increases the efficiency of machine diagnostics, maintenance and repair, and so reduces machine downtime.

By remotely accessing machines from their office base, the dealer is able to access service or fault codes and details about the machine.


They can also make software updates and will know the machine's exact location, so that the service technician can arrive precisely when and where they are needed.

A new optional extra for JDLink, which is to be introduced later this year, allows the subscriber to view the machine's GreenStar 2630 in-cab display.

This lets the machine owner or the dealer assist the operator without having to travel to the machine, but it could also be used for machine optimisation.

John Deere is also launching technology that will allow a combine operator to guide a tractor and trailer alongside the harvester.

In addtion, the company is also rolling out GPS systems based on what they call real-time kinetic technology that will increase accuracy to within 2cm.

Bruce Lett

Indo Farming