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What is Amazon developing behind closed doors?

In ForestTECH by siteadmin

Amazon is getting ready to examine it’s wireless communications technology abilities, including mobile devices and fixed-base stations in rural Washington and Seattle, the company disclosed in government filings recently. The filings do not specify what the tests would be for, but they hint of a new technological wireless service innovation. According to the British businessinsider.com, the company noted that the …

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The digital technology evolution

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There has never been a bigger force for change than technology. It changes everything. This video by Jose Esteves is a huge eye-opener in just how fast the world is changing. Some very interesting facts about the digital world, the information technology evolution and the changes in society. As an example, here is one fact that really challenges how we …

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UAV rules + sausage delivery

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Did you receive an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for Christmas? What was once an expensive hobby or commercial tool, UAVs are now an affordable and popular gift for the general public. While commercial UAV operators should know the rules, a high percentage of recreational drone users will not. Just last month a Melbourne man was being investigated by Australia’s Civil …

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UAVs vs eagles

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have become unlikely prey for wedge-tailed eagles in Western Australia’s Goldfields, costing a mining giant more than $100,000 to replace its newest surveying tool.

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Types of drones (UAVs)

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Although multi-rotors get most of the attention in the drone world, they are not the only option. If you’re serious about aerial mapping then you need to consider a fixed-wing aircraft. Single-rotor helis are also a great solution for some niche applications too. Here’s a run-down of the four main types of aerial drone platforms, and the strengths and weaknesses …

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[Paper] FCNSW UAV case study

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Mike Sutton, the Forest Information and Planning Manager at Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW), spoke at ForestTECH 2016 on integrating UAVs into their forest management operations. They identified the potential for UAV use in 2013 and ran a series of successful trials and demonstrations of the eBee ‘winged’ UAV. Although there has been rapid and ongoing changes within the programme, …

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Issues for the drone industry

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While drones (UAVs) are increasingly being used within the forestry industry, the drone manufacturers themselves are struggling to survive in the wider market. France’s Parrot SA, the second largest maker of consumer drones, is currently laying off a third of their staff. Smaller drone suppliers in New Zealand and Australia are also reducing their operations or dropping out of the …

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ForestTECH 2016: Event Summary

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ForestTECH, an FIEA event run annually since 2007, has become New Zealand and Australia’s premier technology series for forest resource managers, planners and inventory foresters. As a cornerstone event for the industry, ForestTECH also enables key researchers, technology providers and forest owners to build in their own client meetings, workshops and discussion groups on both sides of the Tasman. Over …

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Google Earth’s new mapping system

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New images released recently by Google Earth from the Landsat 8 satellite are giving viewers a crisp, stellar glimpse of our planet. In a blog post, Google Earth Engine program manager Chris Herwig explained exactly how the updated technology takes the satellite view of earth from extraordinary to breath taking. According to Herwig, the new images harness the power of …

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2015 Event Summary

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The ForestTECH 2015 technology series ran in New Zealand and Australia in November 2015. Again the turnout to this latest FIEA technology series has been excellent with over 250 technical and resource foresters attending. In addition to the two-day programmes in each country, local industry involved in GIS and remote sensing were able to capitalise on the event by running …