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Claas upgrades their Telematics remote monitoring technology

Claas has upgraded its Telematics remote monitoring technology to include automatic documentation, data transfer, and mixed-fleet monitoring. Telematics continuously transfers GPS location, machine performance, and yield data from connected Claas combine harvesters, forage harvesters, and tractors via the mobile phone network.

The technology can also be fitted to a range of Claas implements, including Quadrant large square balers and Cargos dual-purpose wagons. Claas Harvest Centre product manager (Claas) Luke Wheeler says Telematics enables authorised individuals to monitor the location, machine performance, and yield data of equipped machines in real time from any location.

“This technology provides enormous benefits in terms of logistics, service, and data,” he says. “For example, this data can be used to determine where transport is required, produce accurate job data, or create precise yield maps.

“New Zealand producers are quite familiar with yield mapping. “The powerful combination of Telematics and the NIR sensor fitted to Claas Jaguar forage harvesters means producers and agronomists can now produce yield maps for forage crops as well.

“The NIR sensor accurately measures yield and quality, including dry substance content and also about constituents such as sugar, starch, protein and fibre content.The amount of silage inoculant applied can also be documented.

“Telematics also allows dealerships to provide remote diagnostics services, which means machinery can be serviced proactively and technicians arrive with all the parts they need to complete the job with minimal downtime.”

Another new development is the introduction of DataConnect, the award-winning platform presented at last year’s Agritechnica, which enables Telematics to monitor mixed fleets of Claas, Case IH, John Deere, and New Holland machinery.

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