Free App Allows Farmers and Agronomists to Map Field Boundaries, Scout for Pests, Take Geo-Referenced Photos and Manage Collected Data Online through Trimble's Connected Farm
BOONE, Iowa, Aug. 28, 2012 — (PRNewswire) — �Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today a Connected Farm™ app for smartphone platforms. This free app uses the built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) of the smartphone for collecting in-field information to aid in fast and accurate decision making. The app allows farmers and agronomists to map field boundaries, mark flags, take geo-referenced photos and enter scouting information for pests.
The announcement was made at the Farm Progress Show.
With this Connected Farm app, farmers and agronomists will be able to:
- Map field boundaries including the calculation of the area (acres or hectares).
- Enter scouting attributes for pests (weeds, insects, diseases) or other points of interest. Attributes include an extensive list of weeds, insects and diseases and allows logging of the severity of a problem, crop conditions and more.
- Capture and geo-reference digital images of pests, field problems or field features—such as rocks, drainage problems, insects or weeds—using the smartphone's built-in camera and GPS.
- View, sort, print and analyze the information by sending to Trimble's Connected Farm web solution for free online access, or by transferring the data to Farm Works™ Office software.
"We are seeing an increasing number of farmers and agronomists looking for apps they can utilize on their smartphones to help them collect important data from the field," said Erik Arvesen, vice president of Trimble's Agriculture Division. "Trimble's introduction of the Connected Farm app gives farmers an easy-to-use tool to capture field data for later viewing and analysis online, while also providing agronomists with access to additional data they can use to better assess the needs of their customers."
The Connected Farm app for smartphones will be available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store in September 2012. In order to use the Connected Farm app data within Farm Works Office software, current Farm Works users will need the latest software version, which can be accessed by subscribing to the Update Service Plan (USP).
The app is part of Trimble's growing Connected Farm solution, an integrated operations management solution that provides information exchange across the entire farm. Connected Farm provides wireless data transfer between the office and field, vehicle-to-vehicle information sharing and vehicle tracking.
About Trimble's Agriculture Division
Trimble's Agriculture Division is a leader in precision agriculture, GPS and guidance solutions that help customers operate farm vehicles and implements more efficiently, save on input costs, and increase yield and productivity. Solutions include vehicle and implement guidance and steering; application control for seed, liquid, and granular products; laser- and GPS-based water management technology; and seamless field-to-office information management and record keeping. To ensure better decision making, Trimble also offers an integrated operations management solution called Connected Farm that provides information exchange across the entire farm.
For more information on Trimble Agriculture, visit: www.trimble.com/agriculture.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.
For more information, visit: www.trimble.com.