Press Releases   October 07, 2016

New StarFire receiver makes UK debut at CropTec

John Deere’s new generation StarFire 6000 satellite receiver has been designed to set new standards in operational accuracy and signal uptime, while also improving the connectivity of machines using the John Deere FarmSight range of precision farming solutions.

The receiver will be making its UK show debut at CropTec on the East of England Showground, Peterborough in November, alongside a number of new developments linked to the Operations Centre in MyJohnDeere.com, the company’s dedicated precision farming website portal. The MyJobsConnect Premium service includes MyJobsManager and MyLogistics apps for farm, contract and fleet managers, and a MyJobs app for operators.

The new StarFire 6000 features an improved antenna and the latest in global navigation satellite system (GNSS) signal processing technology. A new optional locking device for better theft protection is also available. The receiver is available with an improved, free SF1 correction signal (+/-15cm, reduced from 23cm), an all-new SF3 signal with +/-3cm pass to pass accuracy and a number of major RTK (+/-2.5cm) innovations.

In addition, the new ‘triple StarFire accuracy’ mode now tracks three geostationary satellites in parallel instead of one. This provides three times more signal stability in shady conditions and the potential to switch to a back-up satellite 80 per cent more quickly than the previous model. Acquisition of the new SF3 correction signal is also three to four times quicker.

All of this new technology adds up to improved performance and uptime as well as lower operating costs, when paired with FarmSight precision farming systems such as AutoTrac automatic steering and John Deere Section Control for sprayers and spreaders.