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Issues for the drone industry

In ForestTECH by FIEA

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 …