Posted: June 10th 2015 @ 9:40 AM in John Deere Farmsight
In-season management of a grower’s operation can be chaotic, inefficient, and cause a manager to be on the phone for hours per day trying to manage logistics, monitor progress, and ensure the job gets done right. With new features and enhancements, the Operations Center in MyJohnDeere is empowering growers and their team of advisors with insights to make decisions to optimize their operations.
 
New features
 
  1. Jobs summary and preferences – provides up-to-date productivity for all jobs across an operation with daily metrics such as total acres and acres/hour, broken down by crop and production step. Preferences enable flexible grouping and time filtering in how the Job list and summary is displayed.
 
Enhancements
 
  • Fleet tracking - with a dealer-installed Universal Telematics device and JDLink™ Express or JDLink Locate subscription, all assets in a fleet can be tracked. Universal Telematics devices transmit the critical support vehicle information you need for cost saving decision-making. It provides an on-site person as well as a manager from a remote location a way to make logistics decision-making easier and increase the speed and efficiency of getting grain off the fields to save cost.
  • Location History enhancements – get valuable Location History updates (fuel level, ground speed, heading, machine state, and path traveled) as often as every 2 minutes (previously was hourly or daily).
 
Jobs summary and preferences
 
Situation: in-season management can be hectic with machines working in multiple fields each day. It takes numerous calls throughout the day for a manger to stay informed on all the jobs progress to get a full understanding of how things are going for that day and for the season.

Solution: the Jobs Summary provides up-to-date productivity insights for all jobs across an operation. Broken down by production step and crop type, a manager can see how many acres were covered, acres/hour, daily average, as well as an indication of how that compared to the day before. A manager can also see how a plan is trending with total acres covered versus total planned.

Access the Jobs Summary through the Jobs Panel in the Operations Center:
  • Click the Job Panel icon (see image 1 below)
  • Click the Summary tab on the Job Panel (see image 1 below)
  • Notes on Jobs Summary totals and productivity metrics:
    • Based on jobs created in the Operations Center
    • Dependent on operator or manager selecting start or complete within the MyJobs app or the Operations Center
  • Panel preferences accessed through button shown in image 1 below
Value of Jobs Summary and Preferences to the user:
  • Access anytime, anywhere
  • Near real-time updates enable quick decision making
  • Save time by reducing phone calls to the operator to get updates
  • Track up to date progress to make quick adjustments for the next day and the remaining jobs for that season
  • Better understand and address in-field challenges through daily productivity tracking
  • Efficiently coordinate support vehicles and delivery of inputs by tracking progress and acres covered
  • Ensure the jobs are completed in the optimal planting/application window by tracking completed/remaining acres and making timely adjustments
 
Image 1: Jobs Summary and Preferences Tab in jobs list
Image 2: Jobs Summary Tab in jobs list
 
 

Image 3: Jobs Summary breakdown

A: Tracks running totals toward what is planned

 

B: Indicates if current productivity is higher or lower than the Daily Average

 
Image 4: Jobs Preferences—grouped by options
Image 5: Jobs Preferences—time window
 
 
Fleet tracking
 
Situation: growing farm operations require more vehicles to get the job done. Ensuring tender trucks, grain carts, and semis are in the right spot at the right time to keep the combines running is important, too. Coordinating the movement of multiple vehicles is a consuming logistical challenge, requiring phone calls to track locations and job status.

Solution: with a dealer-installed Universal Telematics device and JDLink Express or JDLink Locate subscription, fleet tracking transmits the critical support vehicle information needed for cost-saving decision-making. This includes: vehicle location — in the field, at the coop or in transit, as well as distance traveled and engine hours.
 

For more information on enabling an entire fleet with JDLink, refer to the Premium Solution - JDLink Connect and Basic Solution- JDLink Express and JDLink Locate in the Ag Sales Manual.
 
Location History enhancements
 
Situation: in-season management can be hectic with machines working in multiple fields each day. It takes numerous calls throughout the day for a manger to stay informed on all the jobs progress to get a full understanding of how things are progressing that day and for the week.

Solution: enhancements to Location History provide the manager with updates as often as 2 minutes on machine status, including: speed; fuel level; and machine state. The map also shows the path traveled, with up to 60 days of history.

Access Location History in Operations Center:
  • Location History is enabled/disabled through the Map Layers menu (see image 6 below)
  • Same Location History metrics updated as often as 2 minutes
    • Map layer(see image 7 below)
      • Path traveled
      • 60 days of history
    • Machine Flag indicates (see image 6 below):
      • Speed
      • Fuel level
      • Machine state
      • Last update
 
Image 6: Location History map layer
Image 7: Location History path traveled with machine flag
 
 
Image 8: Location History path traveled (tractor, grain cart, and tillage tractor)
Image 9: Machine Flag Location History metrics
 
 
Value of near real-time Location History to the manager:
  • Access anytime, anywhere
  • Enable quick decision making with near real-time updates
  • Ensure job is being executed as desired by viewing speed and path traveled
  • Improve logistics management of machines, fuel trucks, and tender vehicles by knowing fuel level, location, and directions
  • Save time by reducing phone calls to the operator to get status/location updates
  • Improve daily/weekly planning with up-to-date progress
  • Ensure proper transport routes are taken between fields/jobs