Trimble announces several new and updated precision agriculture products, including new wireless vehicle navigation synchronizing capabilities, global expansion of its Centerpoint RTX correction service and a new Web-based platform to help customers manage precision farming data and monitor vehicle performance and logistics.
With Vehicle Sync for the Trimble FmX integrated display, multiple operators working in the same field are able to wirelessly transfer guidance lines and coverage maps between vehicles. It can be used for overlap detection, guidance line management and point/line/area features. It also provides the ability to track other vehicles operating in the same field in real time.
The suggested retail price for Vehicle Sync starts at $750, plus $200 for a high-gain Wi-Fi antenna kit.
Centerpoint RTX, Trimble’s cellular-delivered real-time kinematic (RTK) correction service, has been expanded worldwide. The GPS and GLONASS-enabled service, which provides accuracy of 1.5 in. or better, was introduced in mid-2011 in the mid-section of North America. It’s now available in 38 countries on five continents.
The new My Connected Farm Web portal, to be available in March 2012, will allow users to access and manage mapping applications and precision farming data from any computer with Internet access. The password-protected Web site, which is free of charge, will initially be limited to users with Trimble FmX displays, but will soon be compatible with displays from major manufacturers, including John Deere, AGCO, Ag Leader, Raven and others. It also will be compatible with Farm Works’ Office Sync service, which wirelessly transfers data between the field and office and makes it possible to view collected data instantly from Web browsers.
The Web portal also includes a subscription service called Vehicle Manager, which provides fleet management information, a virtual dashboard of cab monitors and fuel usage data, plus engine reporting and performance analysis capabilities. Managers also can create geo-fences to guard against theft or provide alerts when vehicle operators enter non-farming zones. Initially, Vehicle Manager will be available for Trimble FmX displays, but will be broadened to include other displays. The suggested retail price is $240 per display per year.
Trimble also says that its CFX-750 display now can be used with the Field-IQ crop input control system to monitor seeding systems and manage up to two variable-rate products. In addition, the FmX display and Field-IQ systems now are able to control multiple materials and spinner speed of spinner spreading systems.
The company also announces a strategic alliance with Great American Insurance Group to allow farmers automated crop insurance reporting under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Federal Crop Insurance Program. The alliance makes it possible for Farm Works software users to submit planting and harvest data electronically to Great American Insurance Group.
For information on Trimble products, visit www.Trimble.com/agriculture.