The i4M team continues to innovate, with the new Tracer GPS and TracerMap app, a cutting edge product that enables coverage mapping and auto shut-off functionality using a mobile tablet.
Precision Agronomics Australia (PAA), the developers of the i4M range of precision farming solutions, has created a unique product in the i4M and is leading the next wave of precision agriculture, where innovative machine control technologies, sensor networks and mobile devices are deployed to improve farming efficiency and environmental outcomes with reduced capital costs.
The i4M range of products provides a simple and flexible variable rate control and machine monitoring solution that connects to a range of different farming implements.
This major new product release sees the introduction of an innovative, low-cost GPS solution for control and monitoring farm equipment.
The i4M Tracer GPS offers Auto Shut-off and Coverage mapping capabilities to increase productivity and minimise wastage of inputs.
It interfaces with the i4M range of machine controllers such as the i4M Fertiliser controller via a Wi-Fi network to provide sub 1m positional accuracy using standalone GPS hardware, independent of tractor systems.
Key features of the Tracer GPS are the Auto Shut-off and Coverage mapping functions.
The Auto Shut-off function turns the implement off when the machine moves into an area that has already been covered, minimising application of inputs on headlands and at paddock boundaries.
Coverage mapping enables the user to log where the machine has been in the paddock, storing maps for future reference.
To increase the functionality of the i4M Tracer system, PAA has also released the i4M TracerMap app that functions a standalone field mapping tool.
At its core, the i4M TracerMap App is designed to tackle an important but often overlooked task, boundary mapping. Boundaries are important for data processing purposes, operation planning and scouting.
When field boundaries change, they should be updated to ensure the integrity of agronomic data and in field efficiency. TracerMap enables a cost-effective solution for field boundary mapping.
The i4M TracerMap app is an Android based application that interfaces with the i4M Tracer GPS hardware. The user connects the TracerMap Android application to the Tracer GPS Wi-Fi network to log GPS co-ordinates as they travel around a field boundary.
Aside from mapping field boundaries, TracerMap can also be used for coverage mapping purposes, a handy tool for small scale farmers that run equipment that is generally not fitted with precision GPS capability such as small tractors and quad bikes.
"The i4M Tracer GPS is a simple to use standalone product, independent of the tractor GPS, which enables accurate control of i4M systems," said PAA Director, Matthew Roesner.
"But the i4M Tracer system doesn't just work as a controller, it can be used for boundary mapping and plotting coverage of tractors and machines that aren't fitted with GPS systems, making it an ideal solution for smaller farms, vineyards and market gardens."
Aside from the Tracer GPS and TracerMap systems, PAA has developed Depth Command, a control system for Deep Ripper and Tillage Equipment height control.
i4M is designed for Australian farmers by a local team of engineers, backed by a local support network to ensure you maximise your investment in precision agriculture technology.
For more details, contact the PAA team via the website www.i4m.net.au or phone 08 9072 0542.