Case IH’s AFS Connect telematics technology is available through Case IH dealerships beginning March 1, 2012.
Dealers will be able to retrofit AFS Connect Manager and AFS Connect Executive packages on fleets of both Case IH and competitive equipment as part its commercial introduction of Case IH telematics technology.
“More importantly, Case IH will back up our industry-leading AFS technology with the expertise and local support our customers have told us they need to put advanced technologies to work in their operations,” says Trevor Mecham, Case IH Advanced Farming Systems® (AFS) Marketing Manager. “AFS Connect has tremendous potential to improve producers’ abilities to manage their equipment and find new opportunities to improve return on investment, and Case IH product specialists and our dealers are committed to working alongside our customers to help them achieve that potential.”
AFS Connect uses a combination of global positioning system and cellular technology to link equipment, Case IH AFS Pro 600 or Pro 700 displays and the farm office wirelessly in real time. AFS Connect provides immediate information to aid in fleet management, performance analysis, remote file management and even supports two-way messaging, among other key features.
AFS Connect Manager offers fleet management capabilities, localization of machines, a working status overview, and alerts and security features, says Mecham.
“Fleet management accurately pinpoints the location of a given machine,” he explains. “Alerts and security include geo-fencing and curfew management, both of which can guard against theft. Geo-fencing ensures a machine stays within certain coordinates and curfew management sends an alert if a machine is started after working hours.”
AFS Connect Executive includes all the components of AFS Connect Manager as well as some key features exclusively available through the Case IH AFS Connect Executive platform:
- File Transfer: Operators are able to extract yield data and other valuable information as it occurs and transfer it into AFS software for more rapid decision-making capabilities.
- Two-way Messaging: Through telematics, managers can select the machines to which they want to send information. Messages can appear on each machine’s display instantaneously, and machine operators can respond for validation.
- Virtual Display: Owner/managers are able to see the monitor in each machine from a remote location such as an office, with information updated every 15 minutes. They can review coverage area, machine hours, fuel use and a vast array of other inputs. They also can customize the computer view to display information in the most efficient, effective manner.
“These exclusive AFS Connect features in combination with support from your local dealer and the Case IH field team allow Case IH owners to save time and improve overall efficiency by focusing on top-level management,” says Mecham.
For more information, visit www.caseih.com.