Leica and New Holland have added new telematics systems for 2013. Several existing telematics providers also have added new features to help improve fleet tracking and machine management.
Here’s a look at what’s new for 2013.
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1. Leica Virtual Vista
Leica Geosystems, whose Virtual Wrench remote service and diagnostics tool was an industry first when introduced in 2007, expanded its telematics offering with the launch of Virtual Vista in early 2013. The telematics service uses the built-in cellular modem in the Leica mojo3D guidance display to provide live Web-based fleet tracking, vehicle position history, Web-to-device text messaging and email, and text alerts for unauthorized movement (geo-fencing), after-hours machine startup and out-of-parameter vehicle downtime. Other options, including precision ag data transfer, will be added in the future, says Joe Arico, product manager of Leica Geosystems Agriculture.
Virtual Vista is available to Leica mojo3D users without a subscription fee.
For more information, visit <a href="http://virtualvista.com" target="_blank">virtualvista.com</a>
2. New Holland PLM Connect
New Holland introduced its PLM Connect Essential, a basic telematics package, in mid 2012. It will be joined by PLM Connect Professional this year.
PLM Connect Essential tracks equipment fleets and vehicle movement history. It also provides text and email alerts when vehicles leave geo-fence boundaries or are started outside of curfew hours. PLM Connect Professional will add a virtual display feature with the ability to view up to four machine displays and fault codes at the same time. Other features will include fuel level monitoring, messaging and a range of reports to analyze fuel consumption and engine operating parameters.
PLM Connect Essential, which has a $240 annual subscription, is available on New Holland combines and high-horsepower tractors. The subscription price for PLM Connect Professional has not been set.
For more information, visit <a href="http://agriculture.newholland.com/us" target="_blank">agriculture.newholland.com/us</a>
3. AGCO AgCommand
New for 2013, AGCO has added a mobile iPad and iPhone application to its AgCommand telematics system. The mobile application simplifies viewing of telematics data normally accessed via a Web browser. The mobile application also includes an integrated radar feature that shows current weather at telematics-connected machine locations. It also provides turn-by-turn directions to machines from the mobile device’s location.
AgCommand Standard Plus now monitors engine rpm and fuel levels, features that had been available only on AgCommand Advanced, which also monitors 25 CAN messages for more comprehensive operations analysis. AgCommand Advanced now has new features for large square balers, including capturing locations and weights of each bale. New RoGator and TerraGator application rigs now include telematics hardware and a one-year subscription to AgCommand Advanced with the purchase.
For more information, visit <a href="http://agcotechnologies.com" target="_blank">agcotechnologies.com</a>
4. Case IH AFS Connect
For 2013, Case IH has added new features to its basic AFS Connect Manager telematics package. It also will introduce AFS Connect Executive, which monitors and analyzes CANbus performance and fuel usage data in addition to AFS Connect Manager functions. AFS Connect Executive also includes a virtual display function that allows real-time monitoring of display information from up to four machines simultaneously.
New AFS Connect Manager features include a dashboard display showing engine rpm and oil and coolant temperatures. It has fleet management capabilities, including tracking location, operating status and engine hours. It also provides security features, such as geo fences and curfew alerts.
For more information, visit <a href="http://caseih.com" target="_blank">caseih.com</a>
5. Trimble Connected Farm
Trimble has announced several new features for its Connected Farm fleet management service, including remote support of its FmX integrated display and improved productivity tracking and dashboard functions showing key engine parameters for major tractor, sprayer and combine brands whether or not they use Trimble displays.
New productivity reports detail total time spent idling, traveling, speeding, moving and working, as well as delays. On equipment outfitted with an FmX display, operators can document reasons for shutting down or extend idling to help analyze operation trends.
For more information, visit <a href="http://connectedfarm.com" target="_blank">connectedfarm.com</a>
6. John Deere JDLink
For 2013, John Deere has added Remote Display Access to its telematics offering, allowing a farm manager or dealer with owner approval to view the in-cab Greenstar 3 2630 display and provide remote support from any Internet-connected smartphone, tablet or computer.
For more information, visit <a href="http://deere.com" target="_blank">deere.com</a>
7. Raven Slingshot
Raven Industries is updating its Slingshot telematics and RTK correction service with a new optional field hub that turns a sprayer cab into a WiFi hot spot for shared Internet access with laptops and other mobile devices. The new Slingshot 2.0 portal has an updated graphic interface to simplify navigation within the website. The portal also has new permissions capabilities for improved fleet and data management for multi-location enterprises. The suggested retail price of the new WiFi-capable Slingshot field hub is $2,150.
For more information, visit <a href="http://ravenslingshot.com" target="_blank">ravenslingshot.com</a>