Case IH owners are now able to make better-informed farm management decisions based on both real-time and historic data generated by their machines, with the launch of AFS Connect.

This subscription-based telemetry package integrates proven elements of Case IH Advanced Farming Systems technology to link fields, machines and data all sent to the ‘cloud’.

The launch follows the preview of the cloud-based web platform, AFS telematics portal and AFS Connect Mobile iOS/Android app at SIMA 2019 earlier this year. In combination, these elements automatically display and store machine and field data, and allow users to monitor and manage it both from an office computer and remotely from a smartphone or tablet.

With permission, Case IH dealers can also monitor machines, helping them ensure they are running at peak performance and remotely identify any issues.

AFS Connect has two data management divisions – fleet management and data management – that users can monitor and manipulate from any desktop, tablet or mobile device using the mycaseih website and app.

The first element is a core part of the standard subscription package, while others are optional. The only requirements for use of the system are an AFS Connect subscription which provides an unlock code and a modem.

AFS Connect works with the latest AFS 1200 operating terminal in the machine’s cab and precision farming technology users wishing to download recorded data such as yield maps, or upload work plans such as variable rate seed and fertiliser maps, have traditionally had to do so by physically linking a farm PC/desktop computer with the operating terminal in the cab or by using USB memory sticks. This cloud-based system allows managers to not only receive and analyse machine performance data, but also to plan field operations from an office PC or smart device. Plans can be sent remotely to the tractor and its operator.

“These plans can include data such as A-B lines and prescription maps for variable seed rates, for example,” explained Maxime Rocaboy, of Case IH. “Once work in the field is underway, AFS Connect also allows the viewing of live maps showing machine location and work completed.

“This ensures machines are in the right place and are working correctly, and assures owners and managers they do not leave a designated area through operator error or theft. It also reduces downtime by, for example, enabling remote fuel level monitoring to time fuel deliveries to the field, minimising downtime.”

Kirk Wesley, Case IH Advanced Farming Systems’ marketing manager for North America, where the system has been commercially available for the past year, underlined the fact that any data gathered remained the property of the machine owner.

“We do nothing with that data – only store it and make it available to the owner and anyone else the machine owner gives permission to,” he pointed out.

Users have the possibility to trial the potential value of third-party data access for a 30-day period after delivery of their machine, before opting-in to data sharing. If they choose not to do so, then their data will no longer be monitored or be accessible to anyone but them.

The European launch of the technology will take place at Agritechnica 2019, from 10-16 November and will be available to buyers of any Case IH tractors and combines that can be fitted with AFS technology, including Maxxum, Puma, Optum, Magnum, Steiger and Quadtrac tractors, and Axial-Flow combines.