1st April 2020

On-farm telematics are taking a huge step forward with the introduction (once tested) of new cloud-based, pan-machine, data harmonising systems from both New Holland and Case IH.

The new systems will not only harmonise data from mixed fleets comprising machines from different manufacturers, but will bring an end to the era of gathering data from machines on memory sticks. Instead, users will be able to monitor, display and store machine and field data instantly and remotely, managing it either from an office computer or in the field from a smartphone or tablet.

As data gathering and interpretation becomes an increasingly vital tool in efficient farm management, New Holland and Case IH parent company CNH Industrial has purchased farm management information system designer, AgDNA. The specialist software created by AgDNA co-ordinates and standardises data, mapping and analytical tools from different sources, allowing mixed fleet owners to view everything in one place, helping to make decision-making faster and more precise. This added functionality will be integrated with existing web platforms to deliver instant activity and field records, remote monitoring of machine location, fuel levels and much more.

The first fruits of these developments are seen in the roll-out of Case IH AFS Connect wireless technology which builds upon proven elements of Case IH Advanced Farming Systems, bringing together all aspects of farm, fleet and data management. The ‘Farm’ sector puts field management and agronomic insights at the farmer’s fingertips, based on historic and current data, while the ‘Fleet’ portal allows owners, managers and operators to monitor machine data such as engine hours, temperatures, engine speeds, fuel consumption and services due, either via the in-cab display, web portal or app. With permission, this data can be shared with Case IH to help ensure machines are operating at peak performance and to identify any issues before they become a problem. Through the ‘Data’ portal AFS Connect instantly transfers and records data via the cloud, making it immediately available for analysis.

AFS Connect will be available on any Case IH tractor or combine that can be fitted with telematics technology, including Maxxum, Puma, Optum, Magnum, Steiger and Quadtrac models, Axial-Flow combines and Farmlift telehandlers.

An AgDNA based system will become available for New Holland machines in the coming months – and with all T7.230 and above (long wheelbase and HD) models, plus flagship CX and CR combine models coming as standard with telematic functionality, as well as being AutoGuidance ready, they are primed to take advantage of this exciting development.  A redesign of the system architecture means it will become possible to see the IntelliView 12 display remotely (IntelliView Connect), carry out remote diagnostics or push software updates to the tractor (IntelliView Remote Services).

Alongside the developments driven by CNH are two new notable partnerships which will further help to integrate the constructive use of data. DataConnect provides manufacturer-independent cloud-to-cloud data management. In addition to New Holland and Case IH, it works with other equipment from Steyr, John Deere and Claas. Data is accessible through any of the relevant manufacturer portals, but is also exchangeable instantly between systems.

      DKE Agrirouter is a universal data transfer hub which now also includes New Holland and Case IH among its members, alongside eleven other machinery partners including leading implement manufacturers. Designed to help ensure compatibility of tractor and implement data management systems, it has more than 20 app creator partners.

Technology is moving fast in farming telematics and we are keen to help our customers take maximum advantage of the developments to increase efficiency and drive profitability. If you would like to know more, or if you have any questions about how these advances could be applied to your farm, please call your T H WHITE Agriculture rep.