John Deere is now offering a new PIN code locking system to help deter the theft of valuable GreenStar in-cab displays and StarFire satellite receivers.
According to the company, this has been designed to make it impossible to use the components if they are stolen.
Because of their ‘plug and play’ design, John Deere displays and GPS receivers have also become more susceptible to theft compared to some other systems on the market.
To increase the level of protection, John Deere has introduced the 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 easily generated in the StellarSupport online portal.
The customer’s 'MyJohnDeere login' grants access to any John Deere component previously registered in their StellarSupport account.
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.
Other security-related items are also available from dealers, such as lockable fuel tank caps and separate door lock keys, as well as immobiliser systems from the John Deere owned Vapormatic all-makes parts business.
In addition, all 7R, 8R & 9R Series tractors have JDLink telematics fitted as standard that includes the ability to geofence machines and allows a ‘curfew’ to be set.
Customers who wish to review the security of their John Deere machine components should contact their local dealer.
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