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Introduction

FarmStream Fleet Manager is a powerful tool that enables farm operation managers to closely monitor the productivity of their fleet of vehicles.FarmStream Fleet Manager can quickly and accurately provide detailed utilization data, demonstrating how the vehicle is being used for a given time period.

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The functionality of traditional Fleet Manager is still available for existing customers, with some changes to its productivity features.

Hardware requirements

To run FarmStream Fleet Manager, a vehicle must have an FmX® integrated display or a TMX-2050™ display (running the FmX Plus app) installed. FarmStream Fleet Manager expands the wireless connectivity options to include the DCM-300 modem as well as the GX-450 modem, Wi-Fi, and WAN gateways.

Customers who have the DCM-300 modem and the FmX or TMX-2050 display set up on a vehicle can choose whether they want to use the traditional or FarmStream version of Fleet Manager for that vehicle. Customers who own these devices can use FarmStream and traditional Fleet Manager on different vehicles in their fleet and see the data from both versions of Fleet Manager in one organization.

Customers using traditional Fleet Manager can still use the DCM-300 modem to  track their fleet’s utilization, but the traditional Fleet Manager does not link with the display and provides utilization data solely based on vehicle movement and the optional use of an implement switch.

The following table summarizes the hardware options for traditional Fleet Manager:

Hardware used  Description and requirements
 DCM-300 modem, no display This version of the traditional Fleet Manager uses the DCM-300 modem to obtain utilization data based on vehicle movement and  the optional use of an implement switch.
DCM-300 modem,
TMX-2050 display
This version of the traditional Fleet Manager uses the DCM-300 modem to obtain utilization data based on vehicle movement and optional use of an implement switch.
It does not link the DCM-300 modem with the TMX-2050 display.
DCM-300 modem,
FmX display
This version of the traditional Fleet Manager uses the DCM-300 modem to obtain utilization data based on vehicle movement and optional use of an implement switch.
It does not link the DCM-300 modem with the FmX display.

The following table summarizes the hardware options for FarmStream Fleet Manager:

Hardware used  Description and requirements
DCM-300 modem, FmX display If the DCM-300 modem is used with FarmStream Fleet Manager, it is only used as a modem and not as a vehicle CAN interface. The FmX display requires version 10.01 or higher firmware.
DCM-300 modem,
TMX-2050  display
 If the DCM-300 modem is used with FarmStream Fleet Manager, it is used only as a modem and not as a CAN interface. The TMX-2050 display requires version 4.3.1 or higher firmware and the FmX Plus app must be used.
GX450 modem,
FmX display
If the GX450 modem is used with FarmStream Fleet Manager, it is used only as a modem and not as a CAN interface. The FmX display requires version 10.01 or higher firmware.
GX450 modem,
TMX-2050 display
If the GX450 modem is used with FarmStream Fleet Manager, it is used only as a modem and not as a CAN interface. The TMX-2050 display requires version 4.3.1 firmware and the FmX Plus app must be used.
Third party WAN gateway device,
FmX display
The FarmStream Fleet Manager may be used with a third-party WAN gateway device for connectivity, such as a Wi-Fi or cellular device. It must be connected to the display. The FmX display requires version 10.01 or higher firmware.
Third party WAN gateway device,
TMX-2050 display
The FarmStream Fleet Manager may be used with a third party WAN gateway device for connectivity, such as a Wi-Fi or cellular device. Smartphone tethering may be used as a source of connectivity for the TMX-2050 display.  The TMX-2050 display requires version 4.3.1 or higher firmware.

Differences between traditional and FarmStream Fleet Manager

Some differences between the traditional and FarmStream Fleet Manager include:

Alerts

  • Geofence, curfew, and ignition alerts are available in traditional Fleet Manager only.
  • Machine and rushing alerts are available in FarmStream Fleet Manager only.

Sensor data

  • Only Engine Hours, Fuel Level, and Fuel Rate sensors are available in FarmStream Fleet Manager (when available on the vehicle)
  • Traditional Fleet Manager has these sensors plus a wider selection of sensors available (depending on the vehicle).

For a detailed list of differences between the two types of Fleet Manager, refer to the feature comparison chart
https://agriculture.trimble.com/software/support/feature-comparison-farm-street-fleet-manager-traditional-fleet-manager/

For information on how to use Fleet Manager, refer to the user guide, available at
https://agriculture.trimble.com/software/support/fleet-help/

Part Numbers for FarmStream Fleet Manager

The same part numbers are used for both traditional and FarmStream versions of Fleet Manager.

Part Number Description
81017-01 Farmer Pro solution
81017-02 Farmer Pro Plus solution
81017-04 Additional Vehicle Connection (Office Sync + Fleet).

To activate traditional Fleet Manager, assign a Farmer Pro or Farmer Pro Plus Bundle to the customer’s organization in the Ag Reseller Admin website and then in Fleet Manager assign a Vehicle Connection license to the vehicle in the organization that is associated with the DCM-300 modem.

To activate FarmStream Fleet Manager, assign a Farmer Pro or Farmer Pro Plus Bundle to the customer’s organization in the Ag Reseller Admin website and then in Fleet Manager assign a Vehicle Connection license to the vehicle in the organization that is associated with the FmX or TMX-2050 display. You must also add the FarmStream plugin on the FmX or TMX-2050 display.  More information is included in other sections in this document.

Part Numbers for FarmStream Fleet Manager CAN cables:

The following cables are used to connect the display to the Vehicle CAN port – select the cable to match the type of vehicle.

Part Number Description
86995-01 Cable Assy, FarmStream, CAN diagnostic port to FmX integrated display / TM-200 Module
90147-01 Cable Assy, Autopilot™ system and FarmStream, Vehicle CAN interface, John Deere R & RT series

Setting up licenses for FarmStream Fleet Manager

Licenses for FarmStream Fleet Manager are managed in the Reseller Admin site and in Fleet Manager.

To use the FarmStream Fleet Manager, a vehicle requires a Vehicle Connection License. To obtain a Vehicle Connection license, the vehicle’s organization must have either a Farmer Pro or Farmer Pro Plus License.

The following is an example of how to set up a license:

  1. Log into the Reseller Admin site (www.trimbleag.com/ResellerAdmin) and then open the Software Activations page. This example shows that the organization has two Farmer Pro/Pro Plus licenses available to assign to a customer: A Farmer Pro bundle (which includes two Vehicle Connection licenses) as well as a separate Vehicle Connection license. In total the reseller therefore has three Vehicle Connection licenses available to assign.licenses-available-to-assign-to-a-customer-cropped
  2. The reseller now adds the customer (if this was not done previously) by entering the customer’s email address in the Add Customer field:type-in-customer-email-address-to-add-them-cropped
  3. A confirmation message appears – click Add:confirm-that-you-want-to-add-customer-croppedAn email invitation is sent to the customer. If they accept the invitation, the customer is added to the reseller’s organization:invitation-was-sent-customer-now-has-to-accept-it-and-then-they-will-appear-as-a-customer-croppedIn this example, the customer has been set up as test org:you-can-see-the-bundles-available-to-assign-to-the-customer-cropped
  4. The Reseller now adds a Farmer Pro bundle. This must be done before they can add any additional Vehicle Connection licenses. The Farmer Pro bundle comes with two Vehicle Connection licenses. To do this, open the Farmer Pro/Pro Plus Licenses section, click Manage next to the Farmer Pro bundle and then click Assign:select-assign-for-the-farmer-pro-bundle-cropped
  5. In the screen that appears, select the customer that you want to assign the license to and then click Next:choose-test-org-as-your-customer-to-assign-the-bundle-to-croppedIf there are no errors, a message appears that the license has been successfully assigned:additional-vehicle-connection-license-has-been-assigned-cropped2The customer’s screen now shows that a Farmer Pro bundle and two Vehicle Connection licenses have been assigned:click-add-button-if-you-would-like-to-add-another-vehicle-connection-license-cropped

Adding additional licenses

If the reseller wants to add additional Vehicle Connection licenses, and if they have licenses available, they can either repeat the process above (see Step 4, above), or they can do the following:

Note: If they do not have any vehicles, the customer should create them.

  1. Click the yellow +Add button shown below the assigned licenses.
  2. In the dialog that appears, select how many Vehicle Connection licenses you want to add:choose-to-assign-1-additional-vehicle-connection-license-cropped
    Note: You will not be able to add more licenses than you have available in your inventory.
  3. To assign a particular license in inventory, select the Use Specific Licenses check box. If you do not select this, the system assigns licenses using the FIFO (first in, first out) method.
    If there are no errors, the license is assigned:pro-bundle-was-assigned-successfully-cropped

The customer now has an additional Vehicle Connection license, making it three in total:

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Assigning a Vehicle Connection license to a vehicle

The customer (not the reseller) must now choose which vehicles to assign the Vehicle Connection licenses to. To do this:

  1. Check to see which licenses have been assigned to their organization. To do this, log into the Trimble Ag Software, go to Marketplace and then select Current Licenses:licenses-for-an-organization
  2. If they do not have the appropriate licenses, purchase a license.  This can be done in the Trimble Reseller store by the reseller, or by the customer themselves by going to the Marketplace tab:marketplace-ends-users-can-purchase-licenses-directly-without-using-the-reseller-store-or-admin-site
  3. If they do not have any vehicles, the customer should create them. To do this, go to the Fleet page, click Create New Vehicle:customer-needs-to-create-a-vehicleand then complete the Create a new vehicle form:create-new-vehicle-to-assign-license-to-cropped
  4. Assign a license to a vehicle. To do this, select the vehicle to which you want to assign a license:tractor-has-been-created-but-there-is-no-license
  5. Select Edit Vehicle from the yellow drop-down list to assign the license:tractor-has-been-created-but-there-is-no-license-assigned-to-it
  6. The customer can see that the vehicle has Vehicle Connection licenses available – to assign a license, click the yellow Assign button, select the appropriate license, and then click Save:on-vehicle-properties-page-there-are-vehicle-connection-licenses-to-assign-cropped
  7. In the confirmation message that appears, click Assign to confirm. Once assigned, a license cannot be moved to another vehicle.confirm-that-you-want-to-assign-vehicle-connection-license-to-tractor-croppedThe Vehicle Connection License is now active.
  8. vehicle-connection-license-has-now-been-assigned-to-tractor-cropped

Setting up an FmX or TMX-2050 display on FarmStream Fleet Manager

To set up the FmX or TMX-2050 display to use FarmStream Fleet Manager and have it report into the Trimble Ag Software, you must have the following:

  • A Trimble Ag Software account and a Vehicle Connection license assigned to a vehicle, as described in the licensing section. To create an account, go to www.trimbleag.com/FarmManagement/
  • A wireless connection to the Internet using a WAN gateway device (Wi-Fi, Cellular, and so on) for communications, such as the DCM-300 or GX450 modem.
  • Cabling to connect the display to your vehicle (see Part numbers for Cables section).

You must also have done the following:

Activating the FarmStream Fleet Manager Plugin

Please do the following to activate the FarmStream Plugin:

  1. Open the FmX Plus field application, or using an FmX display:
  2. In the Home screen, tap ifmx_wrench.
    Note: To add or remove features / plugins, you must access the Configuration screen from the Home screen.
  3. At the Configuration screen, tap Add / Remove. The Select Active Plugins screen appears:
  4. Select the FarmStream plugin from the list of plugins and then tap Add:
  5. Tap OK. The system returns you to the Configuration screen.

Implement Reporting

If an operator exceeds the functional speed limit for an implement, possible damage can occur to the implement, the vehicle, the crop, or the field. The FmX integrated display or TMX-2050 display (using the FmX Plus app) can send information to the Fleet Manager in the Trimble Ag Software solution regarding the speed of vehicles and implements.

For Implement Setup settings, see the Reporting tab in Edit implement settings:

These settings determine the information that is sent from the FmX integrated display or TMX-2050 display to Fleet Manager in the Trimble Ag software:

Setting Description 
Maximum Transport Speed The functional speed limit for transporting the implement. The options are On or Off.
Maximum Transport Speed is used to determine when a vehicle enters the “speeding” state. The minimum of Max Transport and Max Moving speed will be used in this determination; Max moving speed is configured under the vehicle setup (Monitoring tab). If Maximum Transport Speed is turned off, the Maximum Moving Speed for the vehicle is used to determine the “speeding” threshold (if Maximum Moving Speed is turned on).
Maximum Operating Speed The functional speed limit for the implement when coverage logging is on. The options are On or Off.
Maximum Operating Speed is used to determine when the vehicle enters a “rushing” state.
Stopped to Delayed Timeout The length of time the vehicle can be paused before the vehicle is considered delayed. The options are On or Off.
Stopped to Delayed Timeout is the amount of time that will pass after the vehicle has entered a “stopped” state before it’s considered to be in a “delayed” state (and the operator may be prompted to select a reason for the delay).

Vehicle Monitoring

In the Monitoring tab you can select to send information about the vehicle speed to the Fleet Manager solution in the Trimble Ag Software. Any amount that the vehicle travels over this speed is reported as speeding.

If you set the Maximum Moving Speed to Off this means that the “speeding” state will not be used for the vehicle.

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In the Enter the maximum moving speed for this vehicle screen, tap the buttons to set the maximum moving speed for the vehicle and then tap OK. This sets the threshold speed, above which the vehicle will considered to be “speeding”. See also the Maximum Transport Speed that can be configured as part of Implement Setup.

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In this example, the Maximum Moving Speed has been set to 22 mph.

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Delay reasons

If delay reasons are enabled, and if the stopped to delayed timeout threshold is reached, the operator will be presented with a screen to explain the reason for the delay. This delay reason will be reported in the Trimble Ag Software.

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FarmStream Diagnostics

In the Configuration screen, the user can see the FarmStream diagnostics. This shows the current vehicle sensors being reported.

The three sensors that are reported are Fuel Level, Fuel Rate, and Engine hours:

In the setup option on this screen, select the correct port on the display for connecting to the vehicle:

Legal Notices

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Copyright and Trademarks

© 2014-2016, Trimble Inc. Trimble, the Globe & Triangle logo, Connected Farm, and FmX are trademarks of Trimble Inc., registered in the United States and in other countries. Autopilot and TMX-2050 are trademarks of Trimble Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Release Notice

This is the November 2016 release (Revision A) of the FarmStream Field Manager Help. It applies to version 1.0 of the FarmStream Field Manager solution.

Product Warranty Information

For applicable product warranty information, please refer to the Warranty Card included with this product, or consult your Trimble reseller.