Episode 60 - John Deere Brings Precision to Agriculture Through StarFire Network

John Deere has been both a benchmark and a thought-leader in agricultural innovation through-out its 180-year history. Today, Deere’s StarFire Network global-positioning system achieves down-to-the-centimeter position accuracy to keep farmers on the cutting-edge. On this episode, Al Savage, Manager, StarFire Network, John Deere, discusses the applications of StarFire technology from precision planting to integrations with autonomous machinery.

Meet Our Guest


Manager of the StarFire Network at John Deere

Al Savage is the manager of the StarFire Network at John Deere, which is the company’s global satellite based augmentation system that utilizes differential GPS technology. This enables customers to meet their accuracy needs globally by delivering highly reliable GNSS corrections to all of Deere’s precision agricultural equipment. In his role, Al supports the planning and implementation of new products and provides technical leadership and counsel for his team. Al is an expert in GPS and satellite technology and has more than 20 years of experience in the GPS and aerospace defense manufacturing industries with leading companies such as Boeing and Magellan Navigation. Al earned his bachelor’s in automated manufacturing technology and robotics from ITT Technical Institute and his master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

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Our Host


Innovation Strategist & Co-Founder, Brulte & Company

Grayson Brulte is an autonomous mobility advisor and consultant who provides strategic counsel and political insights to help clients navigate what’s next.

As an SAE strategic partner since 2017, Grayson brings his in-depth industry knowledge to host SAE Tomorrow Today. His unique perspective factors in economics, politics and technology into one-of-kind weekly conversations with innovators changing mobility and its impact on society.

Grayson is a thought-leader who regularly provides insights to publications including Bloomberg, Reuters, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and Forbes. His written opinions and insights have been featured by organizations including the Consumer Technology Association in presentations to the Federal Trade Commission.

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