FPInnovations’ Fibre Supply Group is proud to introduce FPDat II, a tool designed to collect and analyze forestry machine performance and production data. We met with Martin Castonguay, Manager, Precision Forestry Group, to find out more about this new version.
How has the original FPDatTM version been enhanced?
Compared to the original system, version II is a data acquisition module that shares information with a Windows tablet. This more compact, easy-to install system can be used with or without a tablet, for much greater flexibility. The tablet goes effortlessly from the field to the office, to manage configurations and updates.
What needs do the changes address?
Mainly the need for additional flexibility. An optional high-precision GPS receiver and the possibility to work without a tablet mean a wider price range and also better address needs for various equipment: data acquisition only, navigation, standard or high-precision GPS data collection, engine data, etc.
What impact will these enhancements have on the tool’s users?
A lower purchase price for many types of equipment that do not require a complete system like FPDat I. The system is easier to install and more compact. Lastly, instead of installing MultiDAT units (old technology) for applications that do not require interactions with users, FPDat II covers all needs, simplifying equipment purchases.
Does FPDat II work the same way on the FPSuite telematics platform?
Absolutely! Data are 100% compatible with FPTrak, our operations tracking system. The data acquired by FPDat II are essentially the same as legacy system data.
Where can one find more information on FPDat II and how it works?
Contact us or your local distributor! We would be happy to help you make the right decision based on your data collection needs and application in a particular piece of equipment.