John Deere announces strategic partnership

Friday 2 Feb 2024

Utilising the industry-leading Starlink network, this solution will allow machine owners facing rural connectivity challenges to fully leverage precision technologies. This partnership, an industry first, will enable John Deere customers to be more productive, profitable, and sustainable in their operations.

The SATCOM solution will connect both new and existing machines through satellite internet service and ruggedised satellite terminals. This will fully enable technologies such as autonomy, real-time data sharing, remote diagnostics, enhanced self-repair solutions, and machine-to-machine communication, all of which help machine owners work more efficiently while minimising downtime.

John Deere is bringing satellite communications service to rural areas at scale so those with cellular coverage challenges can maximise the value of connectivity to their operations. The SATCOM solution unlocks the John Deere tech stack so every machine owner can fully utilise their current precision agriculture technology in addition to the new innovative solutions Deere will deploy in the future.

John Deere’s SATCOM solution will leverage SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet constellation. To activate this solution, John Deere dealers will install a ruggedized Starlink terminal on compatible machines, along with a 4G LTE JDLink modem to connect the machine to the John Deere Operations Centre. The SATCOM solution will initially be available through a limited release in the United States and Brazil starting in the second half of 2024.

Source: John Deere

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