Machine guidance and telematics reached a whole new level with the unveiling of John Deere’s Mobile RTK Signal. Real Time Kinematic (RTK) can now be successfully delivered to guidance machines through a cellular network. The Mobile RTK Signal’s purpose would be to make life easier for customers that would have to cover hilly, tree-covered, or mountainous areas. John Deere announced it will also be able to more accurately guide and improve field operations overall.
For those unfamiliar with the technology, vehicle telematics refers to a machine that basically has a black box equipped inside of it that receives information that’s submitted to it wirelessly. There is a regular fee associated with the network each telematic device uses. For certain qualifying vehicles the closest example of a telematic device would be OnStar. The John Deere Mobile RTK Signal requires its own special equipment and fees for customers such as: an RTK-activated 3000 StarFire Receiver, JDLink Connect-enabled Modular Telematics Gateway, and a subscription to the John Deere Mobile RTK Signal.
Telematics also does not have to be a two-way connection. Navigation in a car is one example of a one-way connection. Every turn made as directions are bounced off of a satellite to pinpoint a vehicle’s location are proof of the technology at its best. Other forms of this technology include: convenience calling, geofencing, and enhanced automatic crash notification.
John Deere customers using – or planning to use – the RTK Mobile Network will be extremely pleased to learn there will be flawless roaming so long as the connection to the machine remains within the area the network is servicing. However not all areas are covered in both the United States and Canada. The company is currently working on a way to expand its Mobile RTK Network coverage to more areas throughout the globe.
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