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13 GIS data collection apps professionals should try

In ForestTECH, Issue16 by FIEA

You bought a GPS receiver. Or, maybe, you just want to get more out of the data from your current receiver. What’s next? Juniper Systems have compiled a list of 13 GPS and GNSS apps and solutions that will make your data collection smarter, better, and more efficient. Here are Android, Windows 10, and Apple iOS app options picked by …

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Drone missions to fight California wildfires

In ForestTECH, Issue16 by FIEA

The California Air National Guard‘s 195th Airlift Wing recently launched a drone reconnaissance mission to aid firefighting efforts in northern California. At least six people have been killed by the raging wildfires with more than 500 homes and buildings decimated. The unit deploys a MQ-9 Reaper drone to monitor and track the blaze. The drone flights collect data, imagery and …

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Precursors to drones – way back in 1907

In ForestTECH, Issue16 by FIEA

In 1907, just a few years after the Wright brothers lifted off in Kitty Hawk, and while human flight was still being measured in metres and minutes, Dr. Julius Neubronner, a German apothecary, submitted a patent application for a new invention: the pigeon camera. The device was precisely what it sounds like—a small camera fitted with straps and equipped with …

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THOR hovers like a helicopter but can fly long-distance

In ForestTECH, Issue16 by FIEA

A team of researchers from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is creating a Transformable Hovering Rotorcraft (THOR) and hopes their design can address the fact that multicopter drones cannot cover long distances. While THOR received a lot of coverage when first announced last year, there is a lot of potential for these designs within the forest industry. THOR …

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ForestTECH 2018 workshops likely to sell out fast

In Event, ForestTECH, Issue16 by FIEA

Feedback on the programmes announced last week has already been extremely positive. This year a raft of new disruptive technologies already been trialled in the forestry industry – and allied industries – are going to be showcased for the first time in this region. Another key feature of the series this year are the pre-conference workshops that have been set …

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ForestTECH 2018 event details on line

In Event, ForestTECH, Issue16 by FIEA

Every year it’s the one event that draws in forest resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists and inventory foresters together. It’s the annual technology programme run at the end of each year, ForestTECH. Many of you have been involved with us and have input into designing this year’s series. Thanks. This years’ series runs in Rotorua, New Zealand …

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Airobotics makes autonomous drones in a box

In ForestTECH, Issue16 by FIEA

Not far from Tel Aviv a drone flies low over a gritty landscape of warehouses and broken pavement. It slowly approaches its home — a refrigerator-sized box inside a mesh fence, and hovers, preparing to dock. It descends like some giant bug, whining all the way, and disappears into its base where it will be cleaned, recharged and sent back …