Deere Launches Mobile RTK for North America

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Guidance, John Deere, Mobile

john deereJohn Deere operators in hilly or tree-covered ground will rejoice to hear the news: the company is expanding its RTK differential correction selections with the new Mobile RTK Signal.  This new system offers machine guidance and telematics via a cellular connection, meaning growers can get accurate and reliable guidance, even without the traditional line-of-sight requirement.

“Machines equipped with a StarFire™ 3000 receiver and JDLink™ Connect-enabled Modular Telematics Gateway can now connect to a central server to receive the Mobile RTK Signal correction from a number of established networked RTK base stations,” explains Jarred Karnei, product marketing manager for John Deere.

“Over the past two years of working with John Deere, we’ve been continuously impressed by their level of commitment to innovation and customer service,” says Wendy Watson, director of reference station operations for Leica Geosystems. “The launch of John Deere Mobile RTK Signal is further evidence of their dedication to provide the best possible solutions to their customers, and we look forward to assisting with the continued expansion of this valuable service to John Deere dealers and their customers.”

According to Karnei, to complete a John Deere Mobile RTK system, customers need a RTK-activated StarFire 3000 receiver, JDLink Connect-enabled Modular Telematics Gateway (MTG 3G), and a John Deere Mobile RTK Signal subscription. For customers currently running John Deere AutoTrac™ with an active JDLink Connect subscription, there is no additional hardware or data plan that has to be purchased, just the Mobile RTK Signal subscription.

“Customers using the Mobile RTK Signal will have seamless roaming anywhere within the Mobile RTK Network, with no need to change network IDs, for continuous, sub-inch accuracy,” Karnei explains. “It’s a complete, integrated solution that’s fully supported by local John Deere dealers.”

The John Deere Mobile RTK Network can be found in certain areas of the U.S. and Canada, with plans to expand the network soon.  To learn more you can visit or talk to your John Deere dealer.