John Deere and SpaceX to deliver satellite support to Brazilian farmers

John Deere and SpaceX to deliver satellite support to Brazilian farmers

John Deere, a major name in the delivery of agricultural, construction and forestry equipment, has entered into an agreement with launch service company SpaceX to provide a cutting-edge satellite communications service to farmers – with Brazil among the first markets in which the service will be launched.

Utilising the Starlink high-speed internet network, this solution, says John Deere, will allow farmers facing rural connectivity challenges to fully leverage precision agriculture technologies.

Describing the partnership as an industry first, John Deere says its customers will be enabled to be more productive, profitable and sustainable in their operations.

As Aaron Wetzel, Vice President of Production and Precision Ag Production Systems at John Deere, points out, throughout the year, farmers must complete tasks within extremely short windows of time. This requires executing incredibly precise production steps while coordinating between machines and managing machine performance. He continues: “Each of these areas are enhanced through connectivity, making the entire operation more efficient, effective and profitable.”

The solution, called SATCOM, will connect both new and existing machines through satellite internet service and ruggedised satellite terminals. This will fully enable technologies such as autonomy, real-time data sharing, remote diagnostics, enhanced self-repair solutions, and machine-to-machine communication, all of which help farmers work more efficiently while minimising downtime.

John Deere’s SATCOM solution will leverage SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet constellation. To activate this solution, John Deere dealers will install a ruggedised Starlink terminal on compatible machines, along with a 4G LTE JDLink modem to connect the machine to the John Deere Operations Centre app.

The SATCOM solution will initially be available through a limited release in Brazil and the United States starting in the second half of 2024.

Of course this isn’t the only John Deere telecoms initiative in Brazil lately. In October 2023 we reported that the company was about to launch its first private 5G network in a new factory in Brazil.

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