In a bid to reduce, and hopefully eliminate, thefts of its receivers and in-cab displays, John Deere has come up with a new security system.
Following a spate of thefts, John Deere is now offering a new PIN code locking system to help deter the theft of its GreenStar in-cab displays and StarFire satellite receivers.
In doing so, the firm says it has made it impossible to use the components if they are stolen.
Because of their ‘plug and play’ design, the displays and GPS receivers have been particularly susceptible to theft. Until now, they could only be locked and protected mechanically.
To increase the level of protection, the manufacturer has introduced a built-in PIN code lock, similar to that used on smartphones, for both components.
The PIN code for the display and the receiver can be entered via the John Deere display. If the user forgets the code, they can continue working for a limited period, up to a maximum of 72 hours.
After this a master unlock code is required, which can be generated by JD’s online portal.
The new PIN code locking system is now available for John Deere 4240 and 4640 Universal Displays and the StarFire 6000 receiver. It is bundled with the recent 19-1 software update, which permits the upgrade of these specific displays and receivers.