JDLink™ Satellite Modem
In areas where cellular connectivity is not available or unreliable, the JDLink satellite modem enables JDLink data transfer in these remote areas.
The JDLink satellite modem is connected to the modular telematics gateway (MTG) via a wiring harness with associated bracket hardware and satellite specific antenna; it acts as a conduit for the MTG to send machine data to a processing server.
The processed data is made available on the JDLink website application. Much like the MTG, the satellite modem is ruggedized hardware and has the ability to survive the rigors that today’s equipment is exposed to on a daily basis.
Difference between the JDLink Satellite Module and a StarFire™ receiver
JDLink satellite module: For the satellite module, John Deere transfers JDLink data through a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation. This data includes information on engine hours, location, geofencing, curfew, maintenance tracking, and machine utilization information.
John Deere StarFire receiver: John Deere leverages GPS technology to aid in precision farming practices, such as guidance. John Deere utilizes global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), such as the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), to provide location, time, and velocity information anywhere on Earth. This system is made up of a network of 24 satellites placed into orbit by the U.S. Department of Defense. These satellites provide data coverage in remote areas where cellular communication is limited.
GPS satellites circle the Earth twice a day in a very precise orbit and transmit signals back to earth. GPS receivers take this information and use triangulation to calculate a user’s exact location.
Transferring data through JDLink should not be confused with a global positioning system (GPS) signal, as it is a different type of technology allowing for two-way data communication.