The Agriculture Manager system is expected to be available in March 2008 from Trimble resellers.
The new Trimble Agriculture Manager system is designed to help farming operations, agriculture retailers and others automatically track their fleet’s precise GPS location, operating status and real-time productivity — all critical factors during peak fieldwork seasons.
The Agriculture Manager system is part of Trimble’s Connected Farm suite of information management tools. Connected Farm solutions simplify data management through seamless field-to-office information management.
Trimble’s Agriculture Manager system offers fleet managers a range of map views and field reports via their desktop computers. Information may include real-time location to improve “next job” dispatching, run time versus down time, machine hours for servicing and spray tank levels. Operators can track the day’s productivity with sensors that log spray pump or combine separator “on versus off” times, and alerts can be created when a vehicle enters or exits a pre-defined area.
The system can also automatically notify fleet managers via cell phone if key events occur, such as vehicle servicing required, sprayer needs refilling or ignition off. One or two-way data messaging is available via a Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) in the field vehicle.
“As agribusinesses consolidate, fleet operators tell us it gets harder to manage their equipment assets and operators in an effective and efficient manner. With this feedback, we developed the Agriculture Manager system,” said Erik Arvesen, general manager of Trimble’s Agriculture Division. “Field tests show that compared to traditional methods, managers who have used Trimble’s automated information solution get more field work done faster, with less down time, due to improved coordination of vehicles. By integrating vehicle and accurate crop production data, the system can provide managers and owners with a powerful new level of decision-making.”
For more information, including the location of your nearest Trimble reseller, call 1-800-865-7438 or visit www.trimble.com.