Awarded a SIMA 2013 silver medal for innovation, RDA enables the John Deere dealer to remotely view the GreenStar 3 2630 display and the Generation 4 CommandCentre in the cab of a tractor, combine or forage-harvester, and advise the operator on how to optimise the machine and implement settings.
“Wireless connectivity, between the operator in the field and the dealer, results in significant time and input savings and leads to increased machine uptime,” said Christoph Wigger, vice-president for sales and marketing for John Deere.
RDA is part of the JDLink fleet management system, which uses the machine’s integrated CAN-bus to view key performance data. For example, JDLink reports and customer recommendations are available for analysing machine use, working hours, and average engine load. The dealer can suggest that the customer keep an eye on idle machine time, consider increased use of guidance systems and adopt a more fuel-efficient driving habit.
The dealer can carry out targeted operator training, and off-site experts can remotely view the driver’s screen for real-time troubleshooting and operator advice in the field. John Deere say RDA technology can reduce the operator-assistance cost by 30%, and improve machine utilisation and performance.
‘Driving Innovation in the Irish Agri-food System’ is the topic of a UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science conference on June 11. Innovation is fundamental to the competitiveness of the Irish agri-food industry. The conference will explore what this means to the key stakeholders in the Irish agri-food sector, including businesses, research organisations, advisors, farmer representatives and policy-makers.
It will provide a global, European and Irish perspective on innovation and what is needed to ensure future success for the Irish agri-food sector.
The conference, in the UCD Clinton Auditorium, will hear findings from UCD/Bank of Ireland research into innovation in the Irish agri-food sector; keynote presentations from international and national experts on agribusiness and innovation; and selected case studies on successful innovation from Irish agri-food businesses.
Speakers include: Dr Edmond Harty, CEO of Dairymaster; and Samuel Shine, managing director, Samco.