John Deere customers who buy a ‘connectivity package’ with their tractor, combine or self-propelled sprayer in 2016 will benefit in a number of ways.

Connected to the local John Deere dealer, customers are not only buying technology solutions but also receive the appropriate level of product support; connected to satellites with AutoTrac, customers benefit from automatic guidance; connected to implements with Tractor Implement Automation, both machine performance and operator comfort can be enhanced; connected through the mobile phone network to John Deere FarmSight telematics solutions for machines, operators and fields, customers can improve their overall business performance.

With John Deere’s JDLink telematics, Remote Display Access (RDA), Wireless Data Transfer (WDT) and new Mobile Data Transfer (MDT), a suite of innovative solutions is available to connect all-makes machines and ISOBUS implements to the customer’s own Operations Center through the web portal.

With the customer’s approval, John Deere dealers can also remotely connect to their machines to update software, access diagnostic codes and perform troubleshooting. Using RDA through the Operations Center, farm managers, experienced operators, the local John Deere dealer or even an implement manufacturer can provide remote operator support to optimise machine and/or implement set-up and help with potential operator queries.

WDT serves as an integrated and advanced solution to allow the two-way exchange of set-up files, prescription maps and documentation data between the office and the machine in the field. WDT also automates data transfer and so saves time, as well as reducing the risk of losing the information.

MDT will be available from spring 2016. This will deliver similar core features to WDT, but mainly targets older John Deere machines and equipment of other makes that are not enabled for CANBUS data collection with a JDLink telematics system. Both of these solutions can save customers significant time and add flexibility by supplying reliable real-time data.