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ForestTECH News Issue 38

ForestTECH News Issue 38

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. For the ForestTECH community, the great news is that ForestTECH 2020 is still on. Despite closed borders, social distancing requirements and uncertainties around Australian travel and meetings right now, the planned November event is being run. Some changes though to the usual format through COVID-19 have been set up for this years’ presenters, ...
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ForestTECH 2020 – it’s ON!

ForestTECH 2020 – it’s ON!

Every year, since 2007, forestry resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters, researchers and key technology suppliers from across Australasia attend the forestry technology series, ForestTECH. It’s ...
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An aerial view: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems for Forestry Operations

An aerial view: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems for Forestry Operations

“A pixel is worth 1024 bits”! Captured from the right perspective, every forest manager now sees aerial images as essential in their toolkit! Converting the data bits from a drone ...
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Anafi USA drone flies 32x zoom 4K video

Anafi USA drone flies 32x zoom 4K video

Parrot has launched ANAFI USA, a new drone designed for first responders and enterprise professionals. Parrot’s next-generation drone offers 32x zoom, thermal imaging, a ruggedized airframe, and advanced data security ANAFI ...
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Russia launches major drone testing project

Russia launches major drone testing project

In an effort to jump-start a drone economy, Russia is investing millions to boost UAS infrastructure. International Aero Navigation Systems received $7.15 million from Russia’s National Technological Initiative Fund to ...
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Drones monitoring experimental burns

Drones monitoring experimental burns

A couple of weeks ago we included a story on six experimental burns of gorse scrub in the Rakaia Gorge, New Zealand carried out by Scion’s rural fire research team ...
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Planet partnership to provide daily satellite imagery

Planet partnership to provide daily satellite imagery

Having introduced the use of the Planet Satellite Imagery to the forestry sector in 2017, Interpine has announced that they have extended their capability by partnering with Planet to offer ...
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AUAV and Uaviation announce merger

AUAV and Uaviation announce merger

AUAV has announced the merger with another leading Australian drone services business, Uaviation. Uaviation have been operating in Victoria since 2013 and have a strong client base that aligns well ...
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New LiDAR technology set to change forest inventory

New LiDAR technology set to change forest inventory

Interpine has recently purchased the Emesent Hovermap LiDAR simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) solution to better serve the company’s clients. “We’ve been using Hovermap technology in a series of forestry ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 37

ForestTECH News Issue 37

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. A lot can change in a month. While the reopening of New Zealand and most of Australia has been successful, COVID-19 is still a ...
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Improving descriptions of plantations and small woodlots

Improving descriptions of plantations and small woodlots

Indufor, Scion and the School of Forestry, University of Canterbury in New Zealand are currently developing new methods to improve regional descriptions of plantations and small woodlots. These methods will ...
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Drone ‘mosaic’ to help environmental management

Drone ‘mosaic’ to help environmental management

A drone "mosaic" of harvested forestry blocks is letting Marlburians see the wood for the trees, and could cut down environmental issues. In New Zealand, Marlborough company GeoInsight Limited is ...
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Can AR/VR pull in future talent?

Can AR/VR pull in future talent?

The better question is: Are you using these technologies to give employees the careers they want? Sometimes we don’t ask the right questions. Will innovative technology catch the attention of ...
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Microsoft Launching New Zealand Data Centre

Microsoft Launching New Zealand Data Centre

Microsoft has announced plans to establish its first datacenter region in New Zealand, a major milestone toward delivering enterprise-grade cloud services in the country. The New Zealand datacenter region will ...
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Australian forest resource inventory data sought

Australian forest resource inventory data sought

An Australian national study is underway to identify the wood resource characteristics of private forest estates (private native forests and farm forests) and Indigenous managed forests suitable for commercial uses ...
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LiDAR mapping contract awarded by NZ Councils

LiDAR mapping contract awarded by NZ Councils

Woolpert, Inc and iXblue Sea Operations division, part of the French based iXblue Group, have been awarded two significant airborne LiDAR mapping projects in New Zealand covering over 38,500 square ...
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ForestX and CollectiveCrunch join forces

ForestX and CollectiveCrunch join forces

ForestX and Collective Crunch to join forces to lead digitalisation of forestry in Sweden - CollectiveCrunch’s one-of-a-kind AI, Linda Forest, will be added to ForestX’s portfolio and the experienced digitalization ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 36

ForestTECH News Issue 36

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. It's welcome relief that both New Zealand and Australian COVID-19 lockdowns are easing and businesses, that weren't already operating, are now opening up again. This ...
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TracPlus announces NZ$5m investment

TracPlus announces NZ$5m investment

TracPlus has successfully closed a significant funding round with New Zealand’s most experienced technology investment firm, Movac, investing NZ$5m. TracPlus offers real-time tracking, communication and integrated solutions for those in ...
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What Impact Will BVLOS Have on Drone Use?

What Impact Will BVLOS Have on Drone Use?

As increasing numbers of geospatial professionals realize the potential for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations in drone applications, the topic has become an important discussion point across the industry. Here, we ask Pierre-Alain Marchand, Regulatory Compliance ...
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Remotely operated robot herds NZ sheep

Remotely operated robot herds NZ sheep

In recent tech events run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association we’ve profiled world leading robotics technologies that are being developed by US-based robotics company, Boston Dynamics. Their “dog-like” Spot ...
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Remote sensors to protect endangered bird

Remote sensors to protect endangered bird

The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, distinguished by its size and its wedge-shaped tail, is a much-loved species. Preying on reptiles, birds and mammals, across a wide range of habitats, from the ...
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