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Machinery management

Trimble Adds a Web-based machinery management system to its product lineup. The Web-based Agriculture Manager asset management system combines GPS, machine sensors and automated wireless communications to allow farmers to more efficiently manage and operate large machinery fleets.

The system tracks GPS location, operating status, and real-time productivity factors, such as run time versus down time, machine hours for servicing, and spray tank levels. Operators can track the day's productivity with sensors that log spray pump or combine separator “on versus off” times.

The system also can automatically send notifications via cell phone if key events occur — for example, if vehicle servicing is required, the sprayer needs refilling or the ignition is off.

Agriculture Manager has a suggested list price of $695 per vehicle, plus $24.95 to $49.95/month, depending on service plan. Contact Trimble Navigation Ltd., Agriculture Business Area, Dept. FIN, 9290 Bond St., Suite 102, Overland Park, KS 66214, 800/865-7438, visit www.trimble.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin, or circle 155.

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