Case IH takes telematics to the field

  • 21-Feb-2012 12:02 EST

Starting this spring, dealers will begin retrofitting AFS Connect Manager and AFS Connect Executive packages on fleets of both Case IH and competitive equipment as part of its commercial introduction of Case IH telematics technology to the agriculture industry.

Case IH claims its AFS Connect features the agriculture industry’s most powerful application of telematics technology available.

“AFS Connect has tremendous potential to improve producers’ abilities to manage their equipment and find new opportunities to improve return on investment,” said Trevor Mecham, Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) Marketing Manager.

"AFS Connect uses a combination of Global Positioning System and cellular technology to link equipment, Case IH AFS Pro 600 or Pro 700 displays, and the farm office wirelessly in real time," said Mecham. "AFS Connect provides immediate information to aid in fleet management, performance analysis, remote file management, and even supports two-way messaging, among other key features.”

In terms of modules, AFS Connect Manager offers fleet management capabilities, localization of machines, a working status overview, and alerts and security features.

“Fleet management accurately pinpoints the location of a given machine,” said Mecham. “Alerts and security include geo-fencing and curfew management, both of which can guard against theft. Geo-fencing ensures a machine stays within certain coordinates and curfew management sends an alert if a machine is started after working hours.”

AFS Connect Executive includes all the components of AFS Connect Manager, as well as some key features exclusively available through the Case IH AFS Connect Executive platform.

• File Transfer: Operators are able to extract yield data and other valuable information as it occurs and transfer it into AFS software for more rapid decision-making capabilities.

• Two-way Messaging: Through telematics, managers can select the machines to which they want to send information. Messages can appear on each machine’s display instantaneously, and machine operators can respond for validation.

• Virtual Display: Owner/managers are able to see the monitor in each machine from a remote location such as an office, with information updated every 15 minutes. They can review coverage area, machine hours, fuel use, and a vast array of other inputs. They also can customize the computer view to display information in the most efficient, effective manner.

“Case IH AFS products offer the industry’s most accurate autoguidance systems, easy-to-use machine control interfaces, accurate variable rate delivery systems, and powerful telematics interface,” said Mecham.

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