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AGCO Readies Launch of New Telemetry Application

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
AGCO Corporation has released its next-generation telemetry product it has named AGCO Connect. (Photo courtesy of AGCO)

AGCO Corporation, headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, has released its next-generation telemetry product it has named AGCO Connect. The company says AGCO Connect is designed to maximize the efficiency of machinery operations.

AGCO Connect gives farmers and dealers -- with the permission of the owner -- near-real-time visibility into all field operations, including fuel and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) consumption, engine hours, time to service and fault codes, among other functions across an unlimited number of AGCO platforms.

It's the type of data collection and monitoring that allows owner/managers to improve the efficiency of their maintenance and logistics operations.

Dealers will find ways to be proactive rather than reactive with AGCO Connect subscribers and their equipment. For example, dealers will be able to anticipate maintenance issues, assist with remote diagnostics or dispatch a technician to the field. Or the dealer will use AGCO Connect to forecast regular service support and schedule it.

AGCO stresses that the telemetry data generated by AGCO Connect is the property of the owner, unless the owner gives the dealer permission to aggregate that data. In the "terms of use" contract, the owner must specifically give permission to share data. Otherwise, by default, telemetry data is kept private, held only by the owner.

A feature of AGCO Connect allows owners and dealers to personalize their Connect application by brand, including Challenger Connect, Fendt Connect and MF Connect. The interface may look and feel like Massey Ferguson, for example, but it's the same system, just a different skin, the company says. There is no limit to the number of AGCO machines that can be registered to an AGCO Connect subscription. AGCO Connect does not presently support other, non-AGCO brands.

AGCO Connect can be installed on older AGCO machines, depending on the platform. The company says this application may be used on some machines that are five and six years old, while on others, it may be applicable to machines only two years old. AGCO will continue to support its current applications, such as AgCommand.

AGCO Connect was launched in Europe in 2018. Its North American launch is scheduled for early fall 2019. A free one-year subscription is available to current high-horsepower-equipment owners. New owners receive a three-year subscription. A three-year subscription of AGCO Connect will be available for new application equipment owners.

For more information about AGCO Connect, go to: https://get.agcoconnect.com/….

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