John Deere introduces telemetry system, two new GreenStar displays, next-generation StarFire receiver, implement guidance, and surface water management tools.
With the JDLink telematics system, this technology remotely connects equipment owners, farm managers and dealers to equipment in the field. The system allows for real-time alerts and other operating information to be accessed on the JDLink website, or sent via email or text message.
For 2011, two JDLink packages are available: JDLink Select and JDLink Ultimate. The JDLink Select features include:
· Roadmap/satellite map and driving directions
· Machine hours
· Curfew alerts
· Maintenance management
· Machine utilization profile
· Enables Service Advisor Remote on approved platforms
The JDLink Ultimate features include the features of JDLink Select, in addition to:
· Machine status and comparison
· Advanced machine utilization
· Customer alerts
· Export/scheduled email report
· Remote diagnostics via diagnostic trouble codes
· System usage information
The new telematics system hardware includes a communications modem/controller, wiring harness and cellular and GPS antennas. Machine data is collected by the controller and wirelessly transferred to the data server. An optional satellite communications module is available for data transfer in remote areas where cellular signals are not available.
For John Deere dealers, JDLink enables Service Advisor Remote, which provides dealers with remote access to a vehicle’s diagnostic data to help minimize downtime for the customer. If a problem develops with a vehicle in the field, service technicians can access diagnostic information via the internet, perform diagnostic recordings, and, in some cases, perform software updates remotely allowing them to respond quickly with the correct tools and parts to fix the problem.
Green Star 3 Displays
John Deere introduces the new GreenStar 3 family of displays: The GreenStar 3 2630 Display and the GreenStar 3 CommandCenter.
The displays are capable of running AutoTrac and Swath Control Pro, and some models feature video capability.
The GreenStar 3 2630 Display features a faster processor, increased memory, and touch-screen and video capabilities. The GS3 CommandCenter is a standard feature of the new 8R Series Tractors and also available with an optional touchscreen.
Features of the GreenStar 3 2630 Display include:
· Faster processor and additional memory
· ISOBUS connectivity
· Video capabilities
· Access Manager functions
· USB data transfer
· Improved field locator functionality
· Standby mode
· Reduced bezel for increased visibility in the cab
Designed for faster system startups and less downtime, the StarFire 3000 Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver is a direct replacement for the StarFire iTC.
The StarFire 3000 is compatible with the StarFire 450 RTK and 900 RTK radios as well as GPS and GLONASS satellite signals.
The receiver detects changes in roll, pitch, and yaw of the vehicle and adjusts its position relative to the ground to provide terrain compensation response.The receiver’s performance is improved in shaded conditions because StarFire 3000 automatically tracks weak satellite signals and acquires new ones. The need to manually type in activation codes is eliminated with wireless activation and subscription renewals. LED lights on the unit notify the operator of any problems.
iGrade and iSteer
To manage surface water movement and improve implement guidance, John Deere introduces iSteer and iGuide.
iGrade is a GPS-based system that lets operators build and maintain their own field surface water management structures, using many of the same components as they use during crop production. iGrade automates the control of the tractor’s scraper blade to enable basic grade and slope design; distance-based hydraulic commands; and Surface Water Pro Plus automation. It uses an RTK correction signal, so it can be quicker to set up than lasers and is accurate up to one mile.
iSteer provides active implement guidance to increase accuracy and repeatability in straight-track field applications. iSteer consists of a receiver and a hydraulic steering system, both attached to an implement, that enables the implement to automatically correct its position in the field independently of the tractor's guidance line. It is integrated with approved John Deere tractors and requires a StarFire RTK system to operate. The implement must also have its own steering system.