CropTrak™ Software adds Enhanced Support for Wireless Smart phones and GIS to Deliver Cost Savings and Productivity Gains

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ScanControl, provider of data collection solutions that “put crop management in the palm of your hand” for vineyards and agribusiness, announced new enhancements to CropTrak™ software, providing enhanced support for Wireless devices / smartphones, GIS, GPS, barcode technology and scalable connectivity resulting in on-demand crop management and implementation of sustainable farming.

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ScanControl, a global provider of data collection solutions that “put crop management in the palm of your hand,” announced enhanced scalable support for smart phones, Wireless devices, GIS, and barcode technologies in CropTrak™ software, providing vineyards and diverse agricultural businesses with on-demand, cost saving crop sampling and field operation reporting.

CropTrak’s new “Sync over Cellular” wireless synchronization eliminates delays in field data collection by connection through cellular networks to instantly enter and remotely synchronize field data. The benefit of on-demand reporting of crop status and field operations is automatically obtained through immediate updates to databases and spreadsheets, without the time, cost, and labor of returning to the office to manually enter new information.

Newly scalable connectivity to PDAs and Wireless devices, meets the needs of growing agricultural businesses and globally distributed operations. These new CropTrak enhancements enable one server to economically manage multiple crop sampling and field data processes from a variety of sites, as well as support scalable connection of hundreds of handheld devices used by field personnel. Barcode integration delivers the means to track equipment use, maintenance, and other field resources, or tie specific growing operations to a particular code or location.

Interactive Mapping through direct GIS integration solves the challenge of linking and correlating data to specific growing operations. CropTrak equips users with the ability to easily configure data collection and operations management for single or multiple crops, at one site or multiple growing locations. GPS integrated smart phones pinpoint and correlate data collection to particular locations, and then visualizations are presented in an internet-based digital map format. Trends in growth, crop quality and use of field and labor resources are immediately displayed providing the capability to identify quality assurance challenges, and measure operational performance. Ultimately, GIS based graphical visualization leads to faster, more informed decisions and actions by vineyard personnel, agribusiness managers and executives, resulting in improved product quality, and productivity.

“Many growers and agribusinesses are seeking improvements to enhance their bottom line. These newly announced enhancements effectively place CropTrak software as the value leader in crop data collection, and grant growers an efficient and economical solution for crop management.” Said ScanControl CEO, Rob Wood. “Our clients gain an instant understanding of cost and quality variables, as well as rapid identification of market timing opportunities that were previously difficult to manage.”

Users of CropTrak software have found that their operations are more responsive to business partners, such as distributors, vintners and other customers dependent on crop timing. This enhanced ability to manage market timing, control quality, and improve processes through faster information results in reduced waste and substantial decreases in operational costs. After implementing CropTrak, one grower reported cost savings greater than $100,000, due to a 30% reduction in seasonal labor costs. In addition, most CropTrak™ installations deliver ROI within three to four months.

For additional information about this release, contact Rob Wood. A crop management system that provides in-field sampling of crop quality, by marrying handheld technology to server database reporting, CropTrak has established itself as the leader in providing value solutions to agriculture and other land management industries. Users of the CropTrak system, use PDAs in the field to collect crop data, such as sugar sampling for wine grapes, and then update information through synchronization. CropTrak with support for wireless devices and GIS is available internationally, and is currently deployed in vineyards, and agricultural businesses in the US, Canada, Portugal, Australia and Mexico. Centrally hosted Enterprise solutions, and customized integration services for GIS/GPS, barcode and OBDC-compliant applications are available by contacting ScanControl, Inc. Installations by clients with global operations have proven the worldwide accessibility and appeal of CropTrak™ software.

Based in Pleasanton, CA, ScanControl Inc. puts crop management in the palm of your hand, through cost effective, interactive solutions that optimize data collection, storage and reporting. With client installations worldwide, CropTrak™ is the proven value leader for data collection and crop management solutions for the vineyard industry and diverse agricultural enterprises. For more information please contact us or visit our website. To view an online demonstration of CropTrak™, please visit http://www.scancontrol.com/demo/flashcheck.html

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