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TracPlus announces NZ$5m investment

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TracPlus has successfully closed a significant funding round with New Zealand’s most experienced technology investment firm, Movac, investing NZ$5m. TracPlus offers real-time tracking, communication and integrated solutions for those in the critical services sectors, including First Responders, Firefighting, Utilities, Military and Aviation sectors. Founded in 2007 and based in Dunedin, TracPlus’ global client base includes the likes of CalFire, San …

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What Impact Will BVLOS Have on Drone Use?

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As increasing numbers of geospatial professionals realize the potential for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations in drone applications, the topic has become an important discussion point across the industry. Here, we ask Pierre-Alain Marchand, Regulatory Compliance Manager at senseFly, how BVLOS will affect unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) use in the geospatial space and the opportunities it will present in the future.   What is your role at senseFly?  I oversee and ensure the compliance …

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Remotely operated robot herds NZ sheep

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In recent tech events run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association we’ve profiled world leading robotics technologies that are being developed by US-based robotics company, Boston Dynamics. Their “dog-like” Spot robot can now be remotely controlled from anywhere in the world thanks to a partnership with cloud-based software platform Rocos. To demonstrate its new capabilities the US team remotely monitored …

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Remote sensors to protect endangered bird

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The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, distinguished by its size and its wedge-shaped tail, is a much-loved species. Preying on reptiles, birds and mammals, across a wide range of habitats, from the coast to highland areas, this majestic bird defends large territories, nesting in sheltered aspects of patches of mature forest throughout Tasmania. And with a total adult population estimated to be …

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Tree planting drones working on forest restoration

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On land north of Toronto that previously burned in a wildfire, drones are hovering over fields and firing seed pods into the ground, planting native pine and spruce trees to help restore habitat for birds. Flash Forest, the Canadian start-up behind the project, plans to use its technology to plant 40,000 trees in the area this month. By the end …

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Model for forest growth during climate change

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Joseph J Landsberg, Richard H Waring and Nicholas C Coops share the 2020 Marcus Wallenberg Prize for a model to predict forest growth in a changing climate. Satellite imagery offers the possibility to scale up the model to show how different environmental conditions affect the world’s forests. In the 1990s, Professors Joseph J Landsberg, from Australia, and Richard H Waring, …

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NZ drone company goes into liquidation

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A New Zealand-based drone company that established a foothold in the United States has gone into liquidation. Altus Unmanned Aerial Solutions International Ltd designed and assembled drones, combining ruggedness with cutting-edge technology, in Hastings. It went into liquidation following a creditors’ meeting on April 30, a month after a voluntary administrator had been appointed. The company sold and serviced the …

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New technology to predict wood quality

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The latest episode of FWPA’s WoodChat podcast, focuses on the development of new technology, allowing growers to easily and affordably assess wood quality across their resources. The researchers have been using technologies known as IML-RESI and eCambium, to develop processes and tools that will support decision making around location and management, improving the quality of forest stands. You will hear …