Game-changing technology will take work from office to paddock

Grain Central, January 18, 2021

WORK planned at the office desk will seamlessly transfer to an automated set up in the tractor cab from today with the launch of Work Planner via John Deere Operations Center mobile.

A centralised solution for planning and tracking the work that needs to be done, Work Planner is being brought online as part of the latest upgrades to the John Deere Digital Ecosystem.

The latest John Deere Digital Ecosystem upgrades will help farmers and contractors ensure their business’s workflow is running smoothly.

It will help farmers and contractors ensure their business’s workflow is running smoothly and data is being collected accurately, while allowing operators to start work as soon as they are in the paddock.

The new Work Planner functionality allows users to:

  • Schedule jobs for operators using their mobile device and include information such as fields, varieties, and products and sync tasks remotely to the machine display via a JDLink connection, which reduces set up time in the field
  • Monitor equipment and fieldwork from anywhere using the Operations Center mobile app to optimise productivity and job quality
  • Analyse the performance of fields, varieties, and products with the new analysis tools to turn this year’s results into next year’s plans.

John Deere Australia and New Zealand’s new precision agriculture manager, Benji Blevin, described the technology as a “game changer”, and one that was aligned with John Deere’s focus on helping farmers synchronise the management of their people, equipment and data.

“This technology means farmers can plan and communicate much more efficiently with their operators about work that needs to be completed,” Mr Blevin said.

“Because the information is synced, everyone is working off the same plan. This helps reduce mistakes, and also assists farm managers to more effectively monitor overall job quality as they can see exactly what’s happening and make adjustments if needed.”

Plans can be created, modified and actioned instantly either from the office, or on the go through a mobile phone.

“For the operator, this means when they drive into a paddock a pop up will appear on the Generation 4 CommandCenter with the Work Plan for that field, and they can click one button to set up data collection on the display and get started,” Mr Blevin said.

Other key upgrades in the January software update include the coming together of Operations Center web (for desktop) and Operations Center mobile (formerly called MyOperationsTM) to create an aligned user experience. This includes adoption of a common and easy-to-use interface to streamline and simplify use of the technology for customers.

The improved Operations Center brings clarity and organisation to farm data management, and helps farmers set up, plan, and monitor their field work, and analyse their data to make sound business decisions.

Source: John Deere




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