AGCO, Trimble team up to boost farmers' wireless connectivity

AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and infrastructure, said on Thursday that it has partnered with Trimble to deliver more wireless connectivity for farmers. 

This partnership involves AGCO's VarioDoc and AgCommand systems and the Trimble Connected Farm solution.

The functionality should be available to customers in North America by September and in Europe, Africa and the Middle East in the fourth quarter.

"The inclusion of AGCO's AgCommand information into Connected Farm aligns well with Trimble's continued focus on providing a complete solution for growers to manage a mixed fleet of vehicles and implements,"Joe Denniston, vice president of Trimble's Agriculture Division, said. "AGCO customers now have access to one central location in Connected Farm for monitoring their farm operations, including fleet data, rainfall and weather information, commodity quotes, and irrigation monitoring to enable improved decision making from the office to the field."

"This collaboration gives our customers easier access to their operational data for enhanced productivity, mobility and decision making," Eric Hansotia, senior vice president for global harvesting, crop care, advanced technology solutions and dealer tech support at AGCO. "Strategic development with platforms like Connected Farm gives growers a single location from which to monitor their entire operation."

The collaboration between Trimble and AGCO allows customers to access their AGCO machine data via AGCO's telemetry product AgCommand. Customers also can manage agronomic data through AGCO's VarioDoc task-file management platform from the Connected Farm dashboard.

This deeper integration of AGCO and Trimble technologies delivers a more streamlined approach to total farm management, simplifying growers' ability to access and act in real time and task data within a single web-browser-based user interface.

The development expands on the February 2014 announcement of the connection between Trimble's Farm Works Software and VarioDoc. This new integration gives Trimble customers the option to sync their task data sent via VarioDoc in either Farm Works or Connected Farm.

The integration between Trimble's Connected Farm and AGCO's AgCommand will be the first to utilize AGCO machine data via AgCommand's application programming interface (API).

The API will open globally in the fourth quarter of 2015 to developers and service providers who wish to incorporate machine data into custom applications and tools for growers. This offers more points of access to end users, allowing AgCommand data to be integrated into the grower's farm-management platform of choice.

Trimble joins AGCO's growing list of partners that are part of AGCO's Fuse Technologies open approach to precision agriculture and precision machine management.

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