Deere cuts JDLink costs

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John Deere's data collection technology, JDLink, will now be available for users at no ongoing cost, the machinery manufacturer has announced.

John Deere Australia and New Zealand has announced all customers will have access to JDLink at no ongoing cost from 14 July

The decision has been heralded as a first for Australian farmers, who will now have access to digital services which streamline the collection of agronomic and machine data to improve efficiency and sustainability on farms.

John Deere says the move, which comes into effect today, is a first for Australia and sets a new precedent for the agricultural industry.

Benji Blevin, John Deere's precision agriculture manager for Australia and New Zealand says providing farmers with unmitigated connectivity and access to data is key to the longevity of the sector.

"Today’s announcement means JDLink, which facilitates automatic data transfer from a machine to the John Deere Operations Center, will be put into the hands of more customers to give them greater insight into their machinery and their business," Blevin says. 

"Connectivity is foundational to agriculture and farmers understand access to data and information about their equipment, farm and paddocks is crucial to unlocking productivity and efficiency gains.

"John Deere has always prioritised making the secure collection and transfer of data as cost effective and streamlined as possible, and today, we have elevated this, so all customers have access to the continuous connectivity of their equipment with no ongoing subscription fees.

JDLink, which was first introduced in Australia back in 2011, also provided full access to remote backup support services – John Deere Connected Support, and remote display access, which provides dealers remote access of the in-cab display to help troubleshoot and solve potential issues from afar.

The move to provide consumers unmitigated access to JDLink differs from the past, where John Dear dealers had managed customers’ connections to the subscription service. Customers will now be able to control individual machines or their entire fleet through John Deere Operations Center.

To access JDLink’s full range of functionalities, farmers will require a 3G or 4G JDLink MTG (modem). For farmers with older John Deere equipment, a system upgrade can be purchased and installed.

Blevin says JDLink provides farmers with several automotive benefits especially with regard to precision agriculture.

"When machinery is connected to JDLink it automates the flow of on-farm and machinery data. This means farmers can focus on what is most important, and that’s managing their farm," he says. 

"By automatically transferring machine and in-field data to the Operation Center, farmers can have almost immediate access to the key data they need on their machines and their people in the palm of their hand.

"At harvest for example, they can see their work totals coming through from the paddock, review the progress being made, and even adjust machine settings in near real-time. So, with this technology, not only are they are ensuring a job is being done, they have ultimate quality control, to ensure the job is being done properly." 

"At the end of the season, if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it," he said. 

"Having all machines connected through JDLink allows equipment to capture information at every opportunity, and every piece of data collected can be used for analysis to make sure better decisions are made going forward. 

"Making connectivity accessible, seamless and continuously available, without an ongoing cost, is a great leap forward in ensuring further utilisation of technology, which we know will underpin the future success of Australian farmers." 

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