Next steps in precision farming:

20 Jan 2020

​The new connectivity solution, AFS Connect, links machine and field data gathered via different sources such as the web platform, the AFS Connect telematics portal, the Mobile app and the AFS 1200 display. The data is continuously recorded in the Cloud and is instantly accessible for the customer. AFS Connect allows remote monitoring and farm management from smartphones, tablets and office computers. With the permission of the customer, Case IH dealers are able to monitor the machines in order to ensure that they are operating effectively by remotely identify issues. Another advantage is that advisers, such as agronomists, can supply prescription seed/nutrient maps, for example.


With AFS Connect, field operations can be planned from an office PC or smart device, data such as A-B lines and prescription maps are sent remotely to the tractor and operator via API partners. If plans change, operators can be remotely supplied with updated field and task information – such as re-drawn field boundaries or alterations to prescription maps – while in the field. And should it be necessary, this data can be sent not just to one machine, but to multiple units in a farm’s fleet if equipped with AFS Connect.
Once fieldwork is underway, operating data can be observed instantly, as can live maps indicating machine location and work completed, ensuring tractors are in the right place and working correctly, and do not leave a designated area through operator error or theft.


Via the Fleet Management portal, machine data monitoring and recording is possible via the web portal, app or in-cab terminal. Customisable phone text alerts can be set if preset values, such as a certain operating temperature, are exceeded, benefiting immediate and longer-term maintenance plans. Efficient operation is also aided by features such as remote fuel level monitoring, allowing deliveries to be planned perfectly. The farmer has also visibility on the fuel consumption and on the engine hours used by machine.
Not only can users monitor job data from one machine, but they can do so from multiple machines using AFS Connect, and bring this together for comparison. In addition to new Magnum tractors, AFS Connect will be available on Maxxum, Puma, Optum, Magnum, Steiger and Quadtrac tractors, and Axial-Flow combines.


Case IH customers who own mixed-brand fleets can look forward to easier data exchange and management, following parent company CNH Industrial’s purchase of farm management information system designer AgDNA. When linked with Case IH AFS Connect telematics, AgDNA’s specialist software, which co-ordinates and standardises data, mapping and analytical tools from different sources, allows mixed fleet owners to view everything in one place, helping make decision-making faster and more precise.


CNHi has also joined with other farm equipment manufacturers to help ensure users with mixed fleets can record and process data using individual manufacturers’ respective equipment and web portals without compatibility issues. DataConnect provides manufacturer-independent cloud-to-cloud data management. Apart from Case IH, it works with other equipment from New Holland, STEYR, John Deere and Claas. Customer benefits include the ability to exchange data via a common interface, and control and monitor their machinery fleet using their favoured system. Data is accessible through any of the relevant manufacturer portals, but is also exchangeable in real time between systems. While for now it handles data including current and historical machine location, fuel level, working status and forward speed, further development will allow transmission of agronomic data.

Meanwhile, DKE Agrirouter, a universal data transfer hub now includes CNHi among its members, alongside eleven other machinery partners, including key implement manufacturers. Designed to help ensure compatibility of tractor and implement data management systems, there are also over 20 app creator partners, including Agravis, FarmFacts and MyEasyFarm. Customers will benefit from DKE Agrirouter’s ability to link vehicles to services, providing a connectivity and data forwarding platform. With these three new initiatives, Case IH aims to help customers gain more value from their data.