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ForestTECH News Issue 47

ForestTECH News Issue 47

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. It seems Covid-19 is not done with Australia yet, with a significant outbreak sending Victoria into a hard 7-day lockdown and border restrictions with neighbouring states. While this will be felt throughout the State, the local forestry industry has largely avoided the economic hit other sectors have received. There is also a global construction ...
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Remote height measurement of seedlings

Remote height measurement of seedlings

New, accurate lower limits for measuring tree height have been established using unmanned aerial vehicles. Height is a good indication of how productive (and healthy) a tree is. Height can ...
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World's first wooden satellite in orbit this year

World’s first wooden satellite in orbit this year

When we think of old tech in space, we think of the retrofuturism of old sci-fi movies like Star Wars and Alien — their huge 8-bit computers and monochrome screens ...
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ForestTECH News Issue 45

ForestTECH News Issue 45

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. Two major forestry events, HarvestTECH 2021 and Forest Safety & Technology 2021, officially launch in Rotorua, New Zealand in just under a week. Over ...
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Ford Ranger goes fully-autonomous

Ford Ranger goes fully-autonomous

An Australian mining group has advanced the future of mobility (in mining at least) with the deployment of a fleet of fully-autonomous Ford Rangers at one of its mines. Fortescue ...
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Skydio Named as CES 2021 Best of Innovation

Skydio Named as CES 2021 Best of Innovation

Skydio, the leading U.S. drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight, today announced that Skydio X2 has received the CES® 2021 Best of Innovation Award for Drones and Unmanned ...
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Recent Trends in Four Lidar Technologies

Recent Trends in Four Lidar Technologies

Lidar technology is synonymous with 3D point clouds. What are the latest trends for the four most popular Lidar platforms, and how are the developments benefiting end users of the ...
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The world generated 64.2 zettabytes of data last year - but where did it all go?

The world generated 64.2 zettabytes of data last year – but where did it all go?

Humans and computers generated more than 64 zettabytes of data in 2020 - that’s the equivalent of 6.4 trillion gigabytes or simply put, more images or videos than the average ...
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UNSW Canberra Space launches world-leading CubeSat satellites

UNSW Canberra Space launches world-leading CubeSat satellites

UNSW Canberra Space’s M2 CubeSat satellites successfully launched with Rocket Lab’s ‘They Go Up So Fast’ mission from New Zealand earlier today, representing a significant step forward in Australia’s sovereign ...
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Modelling for forest operation improvement

Modelling for forest operation improvement

Through a combination of predictive algorithms, prescriptive optimization-based modelling, and a live operational planning system, artificial intelligence (AI) can enable continuous improvement throughout the forestry supply chain and provide real ...
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Updated wood availability forecasts in progress

Updated wood availability forecasts in progress

Margules Groome, on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), are currently undertaking the 2020 update to the New Zealand wood availability forecasts (WAF). These forecasts build ...
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The forestry shows in 2021 – What´s up?

The forestry shows in 2021 – What´s up?

Fortunately, a full series of technology events and shows are being planned in Australasia by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA). A full list of events can be found on ...
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DroneSeed picks up major accolade

DroneSeed picks up major accolade

DroneSeed, the innovative drone planting company that has presented at the last two ForestTECH events and has undertaken operational trials in forests a number of local locations, has been recognised ...
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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 ...
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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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