ForestTECH 2020 | 11-12 Nov 2020, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND | 18-19 Nov 2020, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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Climate right for raising tech funds

Climate right for raising tech funds

Startups are capitalising on renewed interest in environmental solutions after Australia's bushfires brought climate change to the front of investors' minds.  "We've got a problem in front of us. If we don't act, it will get worse. Where there's a problem, there's a market," co-founder of AirSeed Technologies Andrew Walker said.  Late last year in the Friday Offcuts newsletter, we covered the ...
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Drone technology is being developed in Canberra to fight bushfires

Drone technology is being developed in Canberra to fight bushfires

An army of drones could protect Australia from bushfires and help in alpine search and rescue efforts if a collaboration between the University of Canberra and technical engineering firm Tactical ...
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Use of Drones for Precision Forestry in the Congo

Use of Drones for Precision Forestry in the Congo

Interholco is a global provider of wood, a leading company on international markets since 1962, producing and selling logs, lumber and laminated scantlings. Interholco combines industrial processes with a dedication ...
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Weed control tool launched

Weed control tool launched

The concept of the STA logger (pronounced sta, not S.T.A) has been around for a long time, but increases in hardware and software capabilities coupled with decreases in costs soon made the ...
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Harvest residue assessment using Remotely Piloted Aircrafts

Harvest residue assessment using Remotely Piloted Aircrafts

Post-harvest forest residue surveys are crucial for assessing harvest efficiency; accounting for merchantable waste, marketable fiber for secondary use, or available bioenergy biomass; compliance of ecological objectives such as coarse ...
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The Smartphone as a Professional Mapping Tool

The Smartphone as a Professional Mapping Tool

To what extent will the smartphone become a professional mapping tool? Modern smartphones already contain many of the important functions to be used as mapping tools. However, whether they are ...
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The World’s Smallest SuperComputer Could Completely Change the Drone Industry

The World’s Smallest SuperComputer Could Completely Change the Drone Industry

Last week, NVIDIA announced the world’s smallest supercomputer, designed for artificial intelligence “at the edge.” This technology – the continued miniaturization of incredibly powerful computing systems – could transform the ...
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NASA forest structure mission releases first data

NASA forest structure mission releases first data

NASA’s Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation mission (GEDI) released its first publicly available data on January 21, 2020, giving researchers access to measurements of forests around the world. GEDI (pronounced like ...
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Contract to identify NZ forest loss using AI

Contract to identify NZ forest loss using AI

Wellington technology start-up Lynker Analytics has been selected by New Zealand’s Ministry for the Environment (the Ministry) to lead a consortium including UAV Mapping NZ and Carbon Forest Services to ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 32

ForestTECH News Issue 32

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. This is the first issue for 2020. Remember – this is your newsletter so please send us through any links, research findings, trial results, ...
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Advancement in Remote Sensing for Large-scale Forest Health Assessment

Advancement in Remote Sensing for Large-scale Forest Health Assessment

State-of-the-art geospatial data collection and modelling to assess, monitor and forecast the quality, health and value of local forestlands is the focus of a new NASA-funded project led by the ...
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Volocopter and John Deere team up with new drone

Volocopter and John Deere team up with new drone

Autonomous drone-based transportation startup Volocopter has revealed its first partner for its new VoloDrone industrial and commercial electric vertical take-off and landing craft: John Deere . The agricultural and industrial ...
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New Lidar technology unveiled at CES 2020

New Lidar technology unveiled at CES 2020

As you’d expect, DJI had a big presence at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). But on top of showing off the company’s hardware line-up and handheld imaging systems, the ...
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Southland student set on satellite success

Southland student set on satellite success

Editors Note: While this press release was first posted in November 2019, it is still worth highlighting the story on ForestTECH.News. Southland’s involvement in the international space sector is set ...
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World’s first autonomous UAV flight under a forest canopy?

World’s first autonomous UAV flight under a forest canopy?

An unmanned aerial vehicle made what is believed to be the world’s first autonomous flight under a forest canopy in Rotorua, New Zealand in late November 2019. Remote sensing scientists ...
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Mapping system for high-resolution tropical forest carbon emissions

Mapping system for high-resolution tropical forest carbon emissions

For the first time, scientists have developed a method to monitor carbon emissions from tropical forests at an unprecedented level of detail. The approach will provide the basis for developing ...
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500 billion trees by 2060 – using drones

500 billion trees by 2060 – using drones

• UK company Dendra plans to plant 500 billion trees by 2060 – using AI and drones.• The drones can plant 120 seedpods per minute.• The WWF estimates we’re losing ...
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Lim Geomatics enters exclusive licensing agreement

Lim Geomatics enters exclusive licensing agreement

Lim Geomatics, a software and consulting company that leverages innovative technology to create geospatial products and services in the natural resources sector, and FPInnovations, a non-profit organization that specializes in ...
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Huge autonomous drone completes maiden flight

Huge autonomous drone completes maiden flight

Another delivery drone has just buzzed into view, and this one’s a giant. Built by aerospace manufacturer Bell, the Autonomous Pod Transport 70 — or APT 70 for short — ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 31

ForestTECH News Issue 31

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. This will be the final issue for 2019. This year we have produced 11 monthly issues and grew the newsletter to over 6,500 direct ...
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ForestTECH 2019 - Event Summary

ForestTECH 2019 – Event Summary

Forestry resource managers, remote sensing GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters and key technology suppliers from throughout Australasia were involved in ForestTECH 2019. Over 250 delegates were involved this year ...
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Low cost high precision seedling inventories

Low cost high precision seedling inventories

SKYLAB in Hamburg, Germany have just presented at this year’s ForestTECH 2019 series. Two practical workshops yesterday finished the series of conferences, exhibitions and workshops that have been run for ...
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