John Deere dealer-owned Real-Time Kinematic (Rtk) networks send out a continuous, accurate Rtk signal across more than 20 million hectares across Australia and New Zealand. The goal of this being to continue to cover more hectares with reliable 2.5cm (1-in.) accuracy and bring the benefits of Rtk to more farmers.
With John Deere dealer-owned Rtk networks, there is not only this accurate signal but also the added peace of mind gained by having the base station supported by the local dealer. Farmers can operate with the confidence that someone they know and trust will be there to answer calls and queries when required.
In addition to this, the cost-saving advantages of dealer-owned Rtk networks far outweigh the initial expense. There is no more maintenance of the farmers own base station or moving equipment from one field to the next. Everything is on the tractor. In fact, saving 5 percent on input costs by reducing overlaps and skips can cover the majority of the investment.
If situated within a 20 km radius of a John Deere dealer Rtk base station, the only hardware needed to get started may be equipment that is already owned, like a StarFire iTC Rtk receiver and a GreenStar 2 display. If this is the case then all that is required is the subscription from John Deere and the Rtk is ready to be operated.
John Deere dealer-owned Rtk networks give operators the flexibility and mobility to bring more efficiency to their automatic steering, input application and even water management practices with less effort, less cost and more support.