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Trimble offers new guidance solutions in, out of the field

By Larry Dreiling

With the promise of more interesting things to come, Trimble recently introduced several new products during a product launch for resellers and media at Broomfield, Colo.

Currently available at Trimble resellers is the company's latest Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) guidance product that offers a wide range of precision agriculture applications in a single package.

Trimble's new AgGPS FmX integrated display is the first in the industry to work as either a stand-alone manual guidance system or as part of an automated guidance, implement control or steering system.

Most notable is the size of the FmX touch screen display, 12.1 inches, approximately 35 percent larger than the industry standard 10.4-inch screen; yet, the display requires no more space in the cab than its predecessor, the AgGPS FieldManager display. Crisp graphics and a brighter screen make the FmX easier for the operator to see and interact with the applications being controlled.

The larger display is important, Trimble officials emphasized, as more producers are demanding more information as they work. The FmX display can be used for a variety of GNSS control needs-including applications that require one or two receivers, such as vehicle guidance, a pull-behind implement or leveling and drainage equipment.

The new display offers seamless integration with the Trimble AgGPS Autopilot automated steering system, TrueTracker for precision guidance of an implement or with the FieldLevel II system for dual and tandem scraper control. Producers may vary crop inputs, control a planter, map fields and view video camera input of field operations with just one display.

Transcend technology, a proprietary Trimble positioning capability, is also integrated into the FmX integrated display, providing users with high accuracy, flexible solutions for the most challenging agriculture applications and environments. Transcend features the latest generation of GNSS chipsets and processors.

The FmX touts two integrated, high-performance GNSS receivers, so no additional receivers are necessary to control a tractor and implement. Optional 450 or 900 MHz radios are also integrated into the display for real time kinematic (RTK) applications, along with support for up to four external video cameras.

Both receivers include GPS and GLONASS (L1/L2/G1/G2) capability, offering a range of accuracy levels up to RTK GLONASS. The benefit to farmers is that a larger number of satellite signals can provide more robust positioning, even in difficult GPS or GLONASS environments.

The FmX is the key hardware component for a wealth of new information management tools Trimble will be launching through this fall. EZ-Office Version 2.0 will be chief among them.

While an upgrade for current users will be available shortly, Trimble is encouraging current users to consider upgrading to EZ-Office Pro, which adds prescription generation, file editing, layers for yield, soil, and topographical features as well as background maps and imagery.

The whole system will be tied to new software, anticipated for launch in the fall, called Trimble Connected Farm that includes automatic section control, variable rate application and prescriptions, data management as well as vehicle and implement guidance.

Trimble Connected Farm will allow the uploading and sharing of documents-to, for example-crop consultants and soil sampling companies-in an easy, safe and secure way.

Larry Dreiling can be reached by phone at 785-628-1117 or by e-mail at ldreiling@aol.com.

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