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What’s now and next in analytics, AI and automation

In ForestTECH, Issue05 by FIEA

As we’ve reported in recent issues, rapid technological advances in digitisation and data and analytics have been reshaping the business landscape, supercharging performance, and enabling the emergence of new business innovations and new forms of competition. At the same time, the technology itself continues to evolve, bringing new waves of advances in robotics, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI), and especially …

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Which RFID reader option is best for you?

In ForestTECH, Issue05 by FIEA

For those of you who are new to the world of RFID and rugged handheld computing, welcome. We hope this post at Juniper serves as a guide to help you better understand which information collection option best suits the needs of your project. A common question often answered is, “Which RFID frequency should I use?” We want to make sure …

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Satellites put plantation water use into context

In ForestTECH, Issue05 by FIEA

Forest plantation managers can better understand water use and the potential impact of different forest management approaches by integrating satellite based water consumption estimates, according to research co-funded by the FWPA. Being able to accurately measure how much water is used by all land-uses, including plantations, is vital for the forest industry to lead an ‘evidence-based’ informed debate about forestry …

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A new foliage penetrating LiDAR system

In ForestTECH, Issue05 by FIEA

Shortly after lasers were first developed in the 1960s, LiDAR—whose name originated as a combination of “light” and “radar”—capitalized on the newly unique precision they offered for measuring both time and distance. LiDAR quickly became the standard method for (3-D) land surveys and is now used in a multitude of sensing applications, such as self-driving cars. By scanning areas of …

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AI could double NZ’s growth rate in 20 years

In ForestTECH, Issue05 by FIEA

Accenture has released research – Why Artificial Intelligence is the Future of Growth – which shows New Zealand’s growth rate could double between now and 2035 if emerging technologies are embraced. Accenture New Zealand Technology Lead, Mary-Anne McCarthy says New Zealand could use innovative artificial intelligence (AI) technologies as a tool to transform our thinking about how growth is created, …

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New Go-To Resource for the UAV industry

In ForestTECH, Issue05 by FIEA

There are many rapidly moving parts in the emergence of the new commercial UAV (UAS, drone…) industry. A new book (April 2017), Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Guide: Exploring Designs, Operations, Regulations, and Economics has just been released that explores these moving parts and looks to be a go-to resource for those looking to or currently participating in this new space. …

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Drones that can stay aloft for five days

In ForestTECH, Issue05 by FIEA

In the event of a natural disaster that disrupts phone and Internet systems over a wide area, autonomous aircraft could potentially hover over affected regions, carrying communications payloads that provide temporary telecommunications coverage to those in need. However, such unpiloted aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are often expensive to operate, and can only remain in the air for a day or …