Claas tweaks Telematics system

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Claas’ telematics remote monitoring technology has received an update with the system set to include automatic documentation, data transfer and mixed-fleet monitoring

Claas Telematics now includes time-saving automatic documentation of machine data and agronomic information

Telematics is Claas’ digital data transfer system which continuously transfers GPS location, machine performance and yield data from connected Claas combine, forage harvesters and tractors via mobile phone network. 

Claas Harvest Centre product specialist Joshua Patrick says Telematics provides farmers with enormous benefits.

"This technology provides enormous benefits in terms of logistics, service and data," he says. "For example, this data can be used to determine where transport is required, produce accurate job data or create precise yield maps.

"Australian grain producers are quite familiar with yield mapping. The powerful combination of Telematics and the NIR sensor fitted to Claas Jaguar forage harvesters means producers and agronomists can now produce yield maps for forage crops as well. 

"The NIR sensor accurately measures yield and quality, including dry substance content and also about constituents such as sugar, starch, protein and fibre content," Patrick says. "The amount of silage inoculant applied can also be documented.

"Telematics also allows dealerships to provide remote diagnostics services, which means machinery can be serviced proactively and technicians arrive with all the parts they need to complete the job with minimal downtime."

The technology can also be fitted to certain Claas implements like Quadrant large square baler range and the Cargos dual-purpose wagons.

Collected work and yield data will now be able to be shared with popular farm management systems like 365FarmNet, Cropio, Trimble, CLIMATE FieldView, OMNIA, mySOYL, SEGES CROPMANAGER, MyEasyFarm and Biogaspower (LivingLogic) using the new Claas API interface.

"This interface allows two-way sharing," Patrick says. "Field boundaries are automatically transferred to the Telematics platform and conversely, machine and field data are automatically transferred back to the farm management system. 

"The system is fully automated, so there’s no additional work for the driver or in the office, alternatively, data can be exported and transferred in ISOXML format if required." 

The ISOBUS interface can also be used to transfer data from stored add-on devices such as balers or loader wagons. 

On top of this, the award-winning DataConnect platform is set to be introduced. Claas unveiled DataConnect at last year’s Agritechnica, and it enables Telematics to monitor mixed fleets of Claas, Case IH, John Deere and New Holland machinery.

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