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ForestTECH 2020 – it’s ON!

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Every year, since 2007, forestry resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters, researchers and key technology suppliers from across Australasia attend the forestry technology series, ForestTECH. It’s now well and truly established itself on the international forestry calendar. As well as Australian and New Zealand companies, forestry companies and technology providers from the USA, Canada, Europe, SE …

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An aerial view: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems for Forestry Operations

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“A pixel is worth 1024 bits”! Captured from the right perspective, every forest manager now sees aerial images as essential in their toolkit! Converting the data bits from a drone or a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) to actionable information bytes for supporting forest operations had been the journey FPInnovations took over the last 6 years. The objective was to …

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Anafi USA drone flies 32x zoom 4K video

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Parrot has launched ANAFI USA, a new drone designed for first responders and enterprise professionals. Parrot’s next-generation drone offers 32x zoom, thermal imaging, a ruggedized airframe, and advanced data security ANAFI USA is a powerful drone built to meet the demands of first responders, firefighters, search-and-rescue teams, security agencies, surveying and inspection professionals. Manufactured in the U.S., ANAFI USA offers the same …

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Russia launches major drone testing project

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In an effort to jump-start a drone economy, Russia is investing millions to boost UAS infrastructure. International Aero Navigation Systems received $7.15 million from Russia’s National Technological Initiative Fund to “accommodate UAS flight design and certification testing [at a] UAS Test Site.” Russia’s Civil Aviation Authority granted IANS permission to conduct drone flight tests and certification procedures. Located in Orlovka, …

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Drones monitoring experimental burns

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A couple of weeks ago we included a story on six experimental burns of gorse scrub in the Rakaia Gorge, New Zealand carried out by Scion’s rural fire research team. They were part of a set of experiments to test a new fire spread theory in different vegetation fuel types. As an integral part of these burns, Scion and the …

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Planet partnership to provide daily satellite imagery

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Having introduced the use of the Planet Satellite Imagery to the forestry sector in 2017, Interpine has announced that they have extended their capability by partnering with Planet to offer support and ease of access to high-frequency, high-resolution satellite imagery. Interpine and Planet have established a partnership allowing forest owners and land managers to have a New Zealand industry-specific point …

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AUAV and Uaviation announce merger

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AUAV has announced the merger with another leading Australian drone services business, Uaviation. Uaviation have been operating in Victoria since 2013 and have a strong client base that aligns well with the AUAV business. AUAV, already a dominant drone services and data solutions company, operates across an industry that is quickly becoming mainstream. The merger will see Uaviation retained as …

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New LiDAR technology set to change forest inventory

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Interpine has recently purchased the Emesent Hovermap LiDAR simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) solution to better serve the company’s clients. “We’ve been using Hovermap technology in a series of forestry trials since late 2019 combined with our own customised deep learning algorithms for segmentation and quantitative tree assessment,” said David Herries, Director and GM of Interpine. “We are very impressed …