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2014 News Releases and Information

John Deere PowerSight™ Backgrounder

WATERLOO, Iowa (March 4, 2014) — More than just a telematics system, John Deere PowerSight is an umbrella of John Deere technologies and solutions that integrate seamlessly to help customers manage their equipment. Today, John Deere PowerSight features four components: the JDLink™ machine monitoring system, remote diagnostics and programming, machine health prognostics and the PowerAssist™ app.


JDLink machine monitoring system


The JDLink machine monitoring system connects equipment owners, fleet managers and distributors or dealers to equipment in the field by automatically collecting, transmitting and managing information about where, when and how equipment is being used, as well as critical machine health data.


To meet specific customer needs, John Deere Power Systems will offer JDLink in four versions within John Deere PowerSight: Ultimate, Select, Express and Locate. JDLink Express and Locate represent new value versions and will be available later in 2014. Information and capabilities offered by each JDLink version will include:


  • Ultimate: Location, geofencing, engine hours, maintenance alerts, idle time, utilization, fuel consumption, maintenance intervals, other engine settings, optional cellular/satellite dual mode, apps for iOS and Android mobile devices. Additionally, it provides visibility to the health of emissions components, soot level and diesel exhaust fluid levels.
  • Select: Location, geofencing, engine hours, maintenance alerts, optional cellular/satellite dual mode, apps for iOS and Android mobile devices.
  • Express: Location, geofencing, engine hours, distance traveled, maintenance alerts, apps for iOS and Android mobile devices.
  • Locate: Location, geofencing.


The data collected by JDLink is communicated by cellular technology or satellite to a central John Deere server; it is made available online to registered users in the JDLink interface accessible through the MyJohnDeere.com portal or through apps for iOS and Android mobile devices (mobile apps not available for JDLink Locate). Alerts can be transmitted through SMS text messaging or email for added convenience.


JDLink enables customers to document operator productivity and determine which John Deere-powered equipment is generating revenue and which is idling. For instance, JDLink Ultimate provides access to engine and fuel utilization data to help customers determine how to better use the machine and manage fuel consumption. The Ultimate, Select and Express versions of JDLink track hours of engine use, a valuable feature for customers such as rental houses.


All four versions of JDLink offered within John Deere PowerSight will feature location and geofencing services that provide logistics management and equipment security. JDLink enables curfew creation and instantly sends an alert when a machine is removed from a job site, and the system allows the timely recovery of stolen machines through GPS tracking.


John Deere PowerSight also supports machine optimization by simplifying preventive maintenance scheduling and documentation. The Ultimate and Select versions of JDLink monitor service status and send reminders of scheduled maintenance to help customers optimize equipment performance and extend machine life.


Machine health prognostics


The machine health prognostics component of John Deere PowerSight is capable of proactively discovering improper engine operation that could lead to downtime. It could be thought of as a health-care wellness program for John Deere-powered equipment.


With machine health prognostics, John Deere PowerSight proactively analyzes JDLink data, fluid analysis and other critical machine data. Proprietary condition-based rules logic identifies out-of-spec conditions and operating practices and measures how critical an issue is. After a problem is discovered and evaluated, an alert is sent to the customer and John Deere service representative with recommended solutions to maintain engine health and provide increased uptime.


Remote diagnostics and programming


The Ultimate version of JDLink enables the industry-unique remote diagnostics and programming component of John Deere PowerSight. JDLink allows a John Deere service representative to read and reset engine diagnostic trouble codes and record performance readings remotely. The technician does not need to be on-site, and full-functionality readings can be taken, helping improve machine uptime and productivity.


Service technicians can utilize the data collected by John Deere PowerSight to isolate, identify and diagnose engine issues before visiting the job site. If parts are needed to resolve the issue, John Deere PowerSight enables the technician to arrive with the correct parts — without adding travel charges for additional trips to the field.


In some instances, John Deere PowerSight may be able to eliminate the need for a technician to visit a machine. For example, the engine can receive software updates wirelessly, reducing service costs and quickly returning the engine to productivity.



PowerAssist is a free app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices that provides timely access to John Deere engine information. By entering the serial number or scanning the barcode on a John Deere engine, customers can access information such as model number, date of manufacture, parts catalog number, option codes, family number, emissions certificates and more.


About Deere & Company


Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land — those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. John Deere Power Systems manufactures and markets 30 kW to 448 kW (40 hp to 600 hp) industrial diesel engines and 56 kW to 559 kW (75 hp to 750 hp) marine diesel engines, as well as drivetrain components for use in a variety of off-highway applications. For more information, visit John Deere Power Systems at

Editorial Contacts:
Nathan L. Huss
+1 515 557 2031
Fax: +1 515 557 2001

Denise Clark-Burke
+1 319 292 5394
Fax: +1 319 292 5075