Hemisphere Introduces eDrive Technology To Brazil Market

Hemisphere GPS and Brazilian manufacturer Stara S.A. Industria de Implementos Agricolas launched Hemisphere’s eDriveX product in Brazil under the Stara brand, SPEED DRIVEx.

Stara, one of the world’s largest agricultural equipment manufacturers, is offering SPEED DRIVEx as a part of their precision automated steering solution that also includes the Outback S3 guidance terminal and BaseLineX GPS base station. The new system, SPEED DRIVEx, will be sold throughout Stara’s distribution network that includes more than 1100 resellers. Hemisphere GPS’ eDriveX systems will ship in volume to Stara during the fourth quarter of 2010.

“The Outback Guidance products by Hemisphere GPS advance the level of our automated steering solutions for the precision farming industry in South America,” says Cristiano Paim Buss, Director of Technology for Stara. “Hemisphere GPS’ commitment to innovation provides us with an extensive product portfolio that continues to complement our advanced technology offerings.”

The eDriveX, launched through the Outback Guidance dealer network in early 2010, combined with Outback S3 and BaseLineX or A220/A221 RTK GPS systems to provide automatic steering of farm machinery to centimeter-level accuracy.

Based on Hemisphere GPS’ patented Celestia connecting technology, eDriveX features straight, free form contour and circle pivot guidance modes and also includes reverse steering. As a result, farmers achieve more uniform treatments, reduced waste, and fuel conservation all while reducing driver fatigue. eDriveX operates at speeds up to 40 km/hr (25 mph), features six-axis inertial compensation and integrated wheel angle sensing, and has proportional hydraulics for precise control and line acquisition.

“We congratulate Stara on the launch of SPEED DRIVEx and we are pleased that our new precision agriculture technology will be part of Stara’s success in the marketplace,” says Greg Guyette, Director of Sales and Marketing, Agriculture, at Hemisphere GPS. “Our partnership with Stara has been mutually beneficial and we look forward to a continuing strong relationship for years to come.”

For more information about Hemisphere GPS visit the corporate web site.

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