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Drone swarms for tree planting and spraying operations

In Issue27, Video by FIEA

Towards the end of last year we covered an article about a Seattle Startup company, DroneSeed that was automating tree planting and spraying operations using drones. Their custom UAV platforms, equipped with multispectral camera arrays, high-end lidar, 23 litre tanks of herbicide and proprietary seed dispersal mechanisms at the time had been hired by several major forest management companies, with …

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Hi-tech shirt for forestry workers

In Issue27, Video by FIEA

A shirt with built-in sensors could help reduce fatalities in New Zealand’s forestry industry. Researchers at the University of Waikato are developing a hi-tech way to keep forestry workers safe on the job, with a ‘smart shirt’ the leading contender. Using sensors on the front of the shirt to monitor heart-rate variability and others on the back to measure perspiration, …

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BVLOS drones for forest inventories

In Issue27 by FIEA

The Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) used BVLOS drones to carry out tree-wise forest inventory on an area of 18,000 hectares in North-West Russia. A huge need exists for up-to-date, precise forest inventory data in Russia. The transition from extensive forest management to intensive forest management has already started in several regions of northwest Russia, resulting in an increase in …

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ForestTECH 2019 details now on line

In Event, Issue27 by FIEA

Every year, over 250 resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters and technology providers from throughout Australasia (and more recently SE Asia) meet up at the annual ForestTECH technology series. Since 2007, it’s the one event every year that’s run in both Australia and New Zealand focussing on this particular part of the forestry industry. “Compared to …

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Mapping the Moon for 50 Years

In Issue27 by FIEA

This year, NASA is celebrating the 50thanniversary of the first crewed mission to land on the moon. In September, it will also be 60 years since the first unmanned mission reached the surface of the moon. These milestones reflect the great contributions of the USA and the Soviet Union/Russia to space exploration, but they would not have been possible without …

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OpenSky: New software to improve Drones

In Issue27 by FIEA

There are a few companies with the resources and clout to make rapid advances in the drone industry – and Google spin-off Wing is one of them. Wing, which has been testing drone flights in Australia for seven years, has just announced a new set of software products for drone pilots that they hope will contribute to the safe integration …

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VR for forest inventories

In Issue27 by FIEA

New research has demonstrated that forestry field operators can accurately perform certain tree stem assessments in an immersive, virtual reality (VR) environment. Consequent benefits to industry could range from improved safety to reduced labour costs. As part of this FWPA-supported research project, a team at the University of Tasmania used data acquired by helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to …

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€600k raised for forest inventory platform

In Issue27 by FIEA

Finland is a land of forests, covering up to 75% of the country. Naturally, forestry is a major industry – but resources are hard to measure. Helsinki-based forestry tech startup CollectiveCrunch is bringing new solutions to the sector, and has just raised a €600k funding round led by Thominvest. Existing and new angel investors also participated in the round. CollectiveCrunch …