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ForestTECH News Issue 44

ForestTECH News Issue 44

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. We have a bunch of new stories this month. The first story can be seen as both a positive and a negative. NZTech has been a leader in promoting and developing the New Zealand technology sector. Through the Digital Skills Forum, they highlight that, while there has been a massive growth in digital business ...
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Starlink's new satellite broadband service pricing revealed for NZ and AU

Starlink’s new satellite broadband service pricing revealed for NZ and AU

Starlink is a much-anticipated satellite internet service scheduled to launch for New Zealand and Australian customers later this year. Its aim is to bring affordable, broadband-equivalent data speeds to anyone, ...
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Euro $2m to develop autonomous planting machine

Euro $2m to develop autonomous planting machine

Vinnova, Sweden’s Innovation Agency, together with the forest industry and researchers, invests 20 million SEK (approx. 2 million EURO) on development of an autonomous planting system, the Autoplant. The project ...
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Input requested to forest inventory metrics survey

Input requested to forest inventory metrics survey

Invitation for a short survey for academic research surrounding forest inventory metrics and capture. RMIT University, located in Melbourne Australia, is currently conducting a short, anonymous survey surrounding the current ...
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From tanks to robotic tree planters

From tanks to robotic tree planters

Robots help us in many ways – from assembly lines to looking after the elderly. Now they’re turning their attention to combating climate change by helping to plant trees. Milrem ...
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Fresh insights from new global forest carbon maps

Fresh insights from new global forest carbon maps

Forests are crucial for global efforts to prevent dangerous climate change. As the global community works out what to prioritize in this quest against catastrophe, figuring out which forests are ...
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Bushfire prediction tech to help emergency response

Bushfire prediction tech to help emergency response

Australia will develop a nationally consistent bushfire modelling and prediction capability under an agreement announced between CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and AFAC, the National Council for Fire and Emergency ...
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New satellite data partnership between UP42 and CatConnect 60

New satellite data partnership between UP42 and CatConnect 60

Germany’s UP42 has announced that data from the planned Australian LatConnect 60 satellite constellation will be available on its geospatial marketplace platform. Perth-based LatConnect 60 intends to launch a constellation ...
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NZ tech sector struggling to get enough staff

NZ tech sector struggling to get enough staff

New Zealand’s tech sector is struggling to get enough skilled staff despite strong job growth and thousands of new tech jobs being created every year, a new survey says. The ...
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Trimble Forestry Announces Integration of LIMS and CFX

Trimble Forestry Announces Integration of LIMS and CFX

Trimble Forestry announced recently that its widely used Log Information Management System (LIMS) now integrates seamlessly with the Connected Forest™ Xchange (CFX). The integration allows load ticket information from LIMS ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 43

ForestTECH News Issue 43

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. As the first issue of the year goes out, we’re reminded that COVID-19 still has a big part to play in 2021. At ...
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ForestTECH's Video Showcase section hit 50 videos

ForestTECH’s Video Showcase section hit 50 videos

A hidden gem within the ForestTECH website is our Video Showcase section. This section highlights new technologies and innovations related to forest managememnt. We are always on the lookout for ...
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NOAA Awards Black Swift Technologies Contract to Develop GPS-Denied Navigation

NOAA Awards Black Swift Technologies Contract to Develop GPS-Denied Navigation

NOAA has awarded Black Swift Technologies (BST) a contract to develop GPS-denied navigation, enabling Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for drones in GNSS-denied environments. With nearly 95,000 miles ...
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FAA approved first company to use drones without human operators on-site

FAA approved first company to use drones without human operators on-site

American Robotics, a leading developer of fully-automated commercial drone systems, today became the first company approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate automated drones without human operators on-site ...
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Wooden you know it - wooden satellites

Wooden you know it – wooden satellites

The space age was built on clever materials. The business ends of rocket engines are composed of Inconel, a family of heat-and-corrosion-resistant nickel-chromium alloys developed in the 1940s. The “gold ...
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DJI blacklisted by US Department of Commerce

DJI blacklisted by US Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce has blacklisted DJI. The world’s largest drone manufacturer has been added to the agency’s “Entity” list along with 76 other companies, including other Chinese technology ...
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Integrating forest operations planning into the cloud

Integrating forest operations planning into the cloud

Remsoft, a forestry planning and optimization software leader, is partnering with Safe Software FME Certified data integration specialists Locus and Consortech to automate data integration in the Remsoft Operations Cloud ...
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Mechanical planting trials show promise

Mechanical planting trials show promise

At the end of last year, well over 300 tree crop managers, establishment foresters and remote sensing specialists attended or came in remotely for the ForestTECH 2020 event that was ...
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Dawn Aerospace licensed to fly NZ’s first spaceplane

Dawn Aerospace licensed to fly NZ’s first spaceplane

In a world-first, the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has granted Dawn Aerospace an Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certificate to fly a suborbital spaceplane from a conventional airport. Authorised under ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 42

ForestTECH News Issue 42

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. Thank you to everyone involved in last month's ForestTECH 2020 that ran a couple of weeks ago. In a first for ForestTECH, a ...
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ForestTECH 2020 - Event Summary

ForestTECH 2020 – Event Summary

A Record Global Turnout In the lead up to ForestTECH 2020, most within the industry would have thought that it would have been a very hard (in fact, nigh near ...
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Introducing ‘MO’ – Enabling Continuous Landscape Monitoring

Introducing ‘MO’ – Enabling Continuous Landscape Monitoring

With the introduction of environmental policies comes an increasing need to monitor changes across landscapes. While high revisit satellite data is touted as providing such a solution; it is often ...
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