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DisplayCast ™ FAQ

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Last updated: 11 Jun, 2019
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This article will answer common questions about DisplayCast™. This document will continuously be updated. 

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Functionality

Requirements

Display Related

AgFiniti Related

Live Stats

What do I need to make DisplayCast work?

From Ag Leader you will need an InCommand display, an unlock for the display, and the functionality of DisplayCast is included with an AgFiniti Essentials license.

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Will DisplayCast work with Ag Leader Integra and Versa displays?

Maps and events will only transfer between InCommand 1200 and 800 Displays with the DisplayCast unlock. Ag Leader Integra and Versa displays can still utilize AgFiniti Essentials to transfer management information between displays using an .agsetup file.

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Do I need a data plan for each display and what size of data plan is recommended?

Each display using DisplayCast will need its own data plan. Ag Leader doesn't have a recommendation at this time. Each operation will use data differently. Please reference this article when making a data plan determination. 

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What information is synced between displays using DisplayCast?

Almost all data on the display. This list includes: Coverage Maps for AutoSwath, Attribute maps, Guidance Lines, Grower/Farm/Field management, boundaries, and configurations.

Note: Marks do not sync across displays.

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How fast will maps in an active event sync?

Maps will automatically sync approximately every 5-10 seconds with DisplayCast setting set to "On".

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What type of cellular coverage is recommended to use DisplayCast?

A minimum of 3G cellular coverage is required. 4G cellular coverage is recommended for best performance.

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If one display disconnects from the internet, will it automatically reconnect and sync missing data?

Yes.

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How many displays can be logged in at one time? How many displays can automatically sync data at one time?

At the current time there are no known limitations on the number of displays that can be logged in at one time, as long as the user has the appropriate number of AgFiniti Essentials licenses. AgFiniti Essentials allows 3 displays per license. If users plan on having more than 3 displays logged into AgFiniti at the same time, they will have to purchase additional AgFiniti Essentials licenses.

The number of displays that can automatically sync data at one time will directly depend on network connection, data transfer speeds, and amount of data being transferred. If users are running several displays at the same time and notice some are not syncing properly, considerations should be made.
  • As an example:
    • If a grower has 12 displays using DisplayCast, and if each display takes 1 minute to sync information (depending on data transfer speeds, amount of data syncing, etc.) to the AgFiniti Cloud, by the time the 9th display syncs, 10 minutes will have passed and the first display will be ready to begin syncing data once again. This leaves no time for displays 10, 11, or 12 to sync with AgFiniti Cloud and send/receive sync information.
    • If this scenario were to occur, growers have the following options:
      • If display numbers 10, 11, and 12 in the operation do NOT NEED to receive real time updates, users can change their DisplayCast setting from “On” to “Manual” sync. For this scenario, it will allow users to sync as needed on more than 10 displays, and then allow displays 1-9 to sync in real time.
      • If display numbers 10, 11, and 12 in the operation NEED to receive real time updates, for this scenario, users may need to split up displays to separate AgFiniti accounts/logins.
        •   As an example: In an operation, displays used for planting (displays 1-9) log into AgFiniti account A so as planted and AutoSwath maps update to each display in real time. Displays used for spraying (10-12) in the operation, will then log into AgFiniti account B so as applied and AutoSwath maps update to each display in real time. Keep in mind that the appropriate AgFiniti essentials license(s) for each AgFiniti account will still be required.

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Can I choose what information is synced or is everything synced?

If DisplayCast is enabled, all information is synced.

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Can I see maps update in real time on AgFiniti Mobile or Map View?

Yes, you can see real time live maps in AgFiniti Mobile; however, this live maps feature is not available with AgFiniti Cloud features. AgFiniti Mobile live maps will update at the same rate as InCommand DisplayCast mapping.

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Does data transfer faster to AgFiniti Mobile with DisplayCast unlocked?

The process for transferring data to AgFiniti mobile has not changed. AgFiniti Mobile will sync all suspended and closed events automatically. The Manual Sync button can be used to transfer data to AgFiniti while in the middle of an event.

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Can I just export a reference map information and import it into another display using my USB drive?

No, a DisplayCast Unlock and AgFiniti Essentials license are required to sync reference maps. AgFiniti seamlessly blends information together to prevent unnecessary duplication of data.

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How is DisplayCast different than using an .agsetup file?

DisplayCast includes all attribute maps, coverage maps, marks, and other information to seamlessly mesh the maps together.

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Will DisplayCast sync with my auger wagon when harvesting?

Yes, the auger wagon driver can view the harvest yield map in real-time and access guidance lines.

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Can I see instantaneous rates (yield/moisture/ground speed) of other machines in the same field?

No, but the as-applied maps and summary information are viewable. i.e. Users can look at the yield map of the field to know where the green/red areas are and view the summary information to get the average yield.

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If I'm in the tillage tractor, can I sync data with the combine or the planter?

Yes, coverage maps and attribute maps will be shared between all displays using DisplayCast.

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Will all of my logged data be available for export regardless of what display I go to?

When using DisplayCast logged data is saved on the display that originally logged the data. If using SMS each .agdata file will need read in to make a complete map.

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What guidance lines are synced with DisplayCast?

All guidance patterns and pattern groups will transfer except for SmartPath and Adaptive curve.

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If one operator nudges/shifts a guidance line will it change the other displays?

No, it will not automatically nudge/shift on connected displays. At the current time there will be no indication either.

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If my implement widths do not match but I want to use the same pattern as the other machines, what happens?

The same thing that happens today when sharing guidance lines. When guidance widths do not match, the user will be prompted to shift the guidance pattern. The second implement will use its own swath width.

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How do I get an event started on the display so that both displays' data gets logged together?

One display starts a field. The second display will select the same event the first display started from the field setup wizard.The event will be identified with an AgFiniti icon so the second display knows what to select.

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Can I see the physical location of other machines in the same field that I am in?

Yes, once both vehicles are in the field, the map will update in real time with the covered area of each machine/display using DisplayCast.

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If I delete management items (Boundary/Field/Configurations/Products) on one display are they deleted on others?

Yes. It is important to make sure that any data tied to a management item has been exported prior to deleting. If a management item is deleted before data logged with that item is exported, all data tied to that management item will also be deleted. 

Note: Deleting seasons will not remove data from other, syned displays. In order to fully delete seasons, they will need to be deleted on each display individually, then the DisplayCast cloud data will need to be cleared. Once those steps are complete, syncing can be resumed and the seasons should no longer be present. If the cloud data is not cleared or seasons cleared on all displays, the deleted season will show backup on all synced displays. 

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Does live data sync at different intervals compared to management information?

Yes. Management information is not synced at the same interval as live maps, but it has logic built into it to sync as necessary.

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What is Ag Leader’s recommendation for an internet source to be able to use this?

Same as today when using AgFiniti Essentials. Bring your own hotspot device (Jetpack/ iPad.)

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What is Ag Leader’s recommendation on GPS requirements for running two implements in the field at the same time?

Ag Leader Recommends both machines run on the same differential source. Any GPS inacuracies between systems will be reflected in guidance lines and maps used for AutoSwath.

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Is there a way I can tell what data came from what display on AgFiniti?

Yes, this option is available in Map View and AgFiniti Mobile.

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Will summary information give me field totals as well as individual totals per display?

Yes.

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If I’m on display A can I see productivity information for display B?

No. However, summary information from each display can be viewed.

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What happens if I buy a new display? How does it get information from other displays?

Just log into AgFiniti on the display and all data will sync from the other displays in the fleet.

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Do acre totals and AutoSwath work across multiple machines?

Yes, coverage maps used for AutoSwath will automatically update on other displays and acre totals will be summed together for the field.

Note: The exception to this would be when using multiple planters in a field that are driven by different methods (ground vs. hydraulic/SureDrive). Follow this link for further explanation.

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How far away can vehicles be and still have displays sync?

Display information is sent over the internet so there isn’t a maximum distance. In most cases, the limitation will be due to cellular network coverage.

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Will DisplayCast work with in field radios?

No, Each display requires a connection to the internet (cellular hotspot).

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How can I tell what vehicle covered a specific area of the field?

On the Legends tab there is an Equipment Configuration attribute. This will show what area of the field was covered based on the name of the configuration used. For this reason, it is important to uniquely name configurations for each implement.

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If I load a prescription on one display, will it automatically load on any other display in the event?

No, each display that needs to use a prescription will still load it individually. However, the same .agsetup file can be used on each display when importing via AgFiniti.

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If I select Automatic Variety Tracking, does it automatically turn on variety tracking for other combines in the same event?

No, Automatic Variety Tracking will still need turned on through the region select page or when loading the configuration. Any display using DisplayCast will have the variety map available to use without needing to use the "import" function.

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If I use a prior operation reference map for AutoSwath, will that map automatically load for other Displays on the same event?

No, the reference map will need to be manually loaded on each display via AgFiniti. The all reference maps will be available regardless of what display originally logged the data.

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How are naming conflicts with management information handled or how are same names for Grower/Farm/Field handled?

If an object can be merged together such as a Grower/Farm/Field, it will automatically be merged through DisplayCast. If the objects cannot be merged, such as a display configuration, two identically named items will show up in each display after the display syncs. It is important that each configuration has a unique name. The best way to accomplish this is to setup all configurations for the operation on one display and allow it to sync between all displays.

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Do permissions/users sync arcoss all displays when using DisplayCast?

Users transfer through DisplayCast but permissions for each Manager/Operator do not. Each display using permissions will need to setup the specific roles for Managers/Operators.

  • There are no addition permission levels added due to DisplayCast. If the display is logged into AgFiniti, data will sync regardless of permission level.

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If I make a custom legend for a specific product or hybrid, will that sync to other displays?

No, custom legends regardless of being setup as product or operation defaults do not transfer between displays. This allows each operator to configure the legend as they please.

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How are Map Shifts handled when using DisplayCast?

Shifting the map is a display/operation specific feature. If one display shifts an on screen map, it stays specific to that display. Other displays on the event will have no indicator that the shift happened.

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Will DisplayCast work with OEM branded displays? Example: Hardi HC8600/9600 sync with Ag Leader InCommand Displays.

Yes, DisplayCast will work between any InCommand display even if it is OEM branded.

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If I have planter A that is ground driven and planter B that is hydraulic/SureDrive driven, will AutoSwath work the same as if I had SureDrive, Hydraulic, or ground drive on both planters?

Yes, for AutoSwath maps to be shared in real-time between displays with different drive planters, InCommand display must be updated to v2.5 or newer.

  • Ground driven planters log data differently than hydraulic drive and SureDrive driven planters. Because of this, AutoSwath maps will be only be shared in real time if the reference map is loaded. 
  • Any planters in an operation that are driven by hydraulic or SureDrive will sync AutoSwath maps in real-time without loading a reference map.

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If I have two machines in the same field, one is spraying pre-emergent, the other is planting, will they share guidance lines? What if I only want to plant where the pre-emergent has been sprayed?

A. Once the guidance line is created, it will be available for all other operations to access.

B. On the InCommand 1200 planting display, load the pre-emergent coverage map while using split screen. This will allow for real-time update of the pre-emergent map and not affect the AutoSwath of the seeder.

  • Alternatively, load a reference map for pre-emergent on the mapping screen of the planter display but do not check "use for AutoSwath" as that will make sure AutoSwath will not be used. Note: On InCommand v2.5+, reference maps will update automatically. 

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If I have two combines running in the same field, will they be able to share yield and AutoSwath maps between displays in real-time?

          A. When using two aftermarket kit (Ag Leader flow sensor, moisture module, and speed module) combines with DisplayCast, the AutoSwath and harvest maps will sync in real-time between displays.

          B. When using two Quantimeter kit (bridge module) combines with DisplayCast, the AutoSwath and harvest maps will sync real-time between displays.

          C. When using an aftermarket kit combine and a Quantimeter kit combine with DisplayCast, the AutoSwath and harvest maps will not sync in real-time (reference map must be loaded).

Note: A harvest reference map can be loaded to show harvest data but an AutoSwath reference map cannot be shared between displays as with planting or spraying. Keep in mind that only one reference map can be loaded at a time. A variety tracking reference map must first be unloaded from the mapping screen before the harvest reference map can be loaded.

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What unlocks/features are required for live stats?

  • DisplayCast unlock, AgFiniti Essentials license, InCommand v3.5.
  • Upgraded AgFiniti Mobile and AgFiniti cloud software.

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What are my options for AgFiniti Mobile and live stats?
  1. Using an iPad with cellular data will allow other devices to always see its locations and speed.
  2. Using an iPad connected to an internet hotspot (no cellular data) will allow other devices to see its location. An updated location of the hotspot will determined by the cell network.

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Are live stats viewable on an InCommand when in use with a YMM or Quantimeter (CEBIS)?
  • Yes

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Will AgFiniti devices be displayed on an InCommand?
  • Yes. AgFiniti Mobile and users logged into Map View with be displayed. Map View users must allow their location through their web browser.

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Will I see live stat info on my Integra/Versa?
  • No, this is an InCommand only feature. However, the Integra and Versa locations can be displayed on an InCommand if they are logged into AgFiniti, have Essentials license, and have a GPS position. An Integra/Versa device location will include operation and speed indicators.

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Do I need an Event loaded for my display location to be viewed on other devices?
  • No. The display only requires to be logged into AgFiniti, an Essentials license and to have a GPS position.

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How often do live stats update on an InCommand and Mobile?
  • They update on a 5 second interval.

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Can I edit a live stat indicator?

  • No. The live stat indicators are not editable. They will only contain the current operation, speed, and main attribute for applicable configurations.

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How do I change the name of my device in the live stat bar?
  • Enter a display nickname; or for an iPad enter a name in the General > About settings. To get the device name to update the user will need to re-login into AgFiniti.

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What operations will have live stats?
  • Planting/Seeding
    • Main attribute is Rate (Stat derives from the seed monitor; if a seed monitor isn’t present stat comes from the rate controller)
    • Secondary Attribute – Population % (Stat derives from seed monitor)
  • Harvest (grain & forage)
    • Main attribute is Yield
    • Secondary Attribute  is Moisture
  • Application (liquid & dry)
    • Main attribute is Rate (Stat derives from the rate controller, or application rate module if flow monitoring)
    • Secondary Attribute is Tank Level
  • Site Verification
    • Product will be shown in live stat bar.
    • No main or secondary attribute will be present.

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How can I easily view all of my devices on my InCommand that are logged into AgFiniti? 

  • By pressing the Zoom Devices button. This will zoom the map out to allow all logged into devices to come into view. Devices outside of a 60 mile radius from the display using Zoom Devices will not be shown.

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What display views can I see the live stat bar and indicators in?

  • North Orientated, Top-Down, and Zoom Devices.

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Why is my AgFiniti Mobile (iPad) device in the grain truck intermittently showing on my InCommand?
  • The AgFiniti Mobile app on the iPad needs to be open and the iPad needs to be on (not in sleep mode) in order for it to register has a logged in device.

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Why is my live stat for container level always 0 on other vehicles?
  • The container level is a user entered function. When a tank is refilled the user will manually need to set the tank to full in the display in the Rate Control Settings.

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I have 3 InCommands tied to an Essentials license, but only 2 are unlocked for DisplayCast. What will I see for live stats on the non-unlocked InCommand? What will I see for live stats on the unlocked InCommands?    

  • On the non-unlocked InCommand, the user will only see their vehicle location and no live stats.
  • On the 2 unlocked InCommands, the users will see each other’s location, as-applied maps, and all live stats. They will also see the 3rd InCommands location, operation and speed.

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Content last reviewed on: 12/7/18
Reviewed by: TJA