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Results from early forest fire detection technology

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A new camera-based fire detection system has been trialed in Tasmania for the first time by forest management company SFM. The Firehawk system provides real time fire detection allowing for a rapid aerial-based response to potentially threatening bushfire ignitions and has been used successfully this fire season on Lenah Estate (formally Norske Skog), a 18,000 Hectare softwood plantation, located in …

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ForestTECH 2021 – Early Expressions of Interest

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ForestTECH – What is it? ForestTECH is Australasia’s premier annual forest technology event. It’s being run now for 14 years, principally in New Zealand and Australia. It’s aimed at resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters and more recently, tree crop supervisors and forest establishment and silvicultural managers. ForestTECH 2021 is running in Rotorua, New Zealand, on …

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How business leaders can tap into the positives of AI

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Business leaders faced a topsy-turvy world even before COVID-19 hit. Technological change was bewilderingly rapid, customer attitudes and behaviours were shifting dramatically, political uncertainty was growing and global competition was increasing. The pandemic has turbocharged change to such an extent that constant learning is now more essential than ever. Harnessing the positives that come with Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be critical. It’s …

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The rise of autonomous robots in service industries

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Rocos recently hosted a ‘Rise of the Service Robots’ webinar, in partnership with Avanade. Alongside our CEO David Inggs, the panel featured expert speakers from Avanade, Orlando Health and Hello Robot. According to the experts, we’re entering an exciting new era of automation. We’re seeing the emergence of autonomous service robots in many different form factors – capable of performing …

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Making It Work: Forestry data firm branches into mobile technology

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Treemetrics, the Cork-based forestry data company, has launched a new remote valuation tool for private forest owners in partnership with Arboreal, an iPhone app developer in Sweden. Enda Keane, Treemetrics’ co-founder and chief executive, said the company had developed technology that combines satellite imagery with mobile data to help forest owners map, value and manage their crop. He said the …

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A digital forest? The future is coming!

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What if technologies could be installed permanently within forest environments? And what if this enabled our forests to function like ‘smart cities’, where equipment is continuously used to support optimal management of the surroundings? The latest episode of the WoodChat series of podcasts considers exactly that! Listeners will hear how advanced technologies are currently being used in Tasmania to monitor …

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Bushfire detection – within one minute of ignition

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Imagine a system that could detect any bushfire in Australia within minutes of ignition so firefighters could tackle the blaze before it spreads. Recently, an important development on the road to this future: a Queensland-based company, Fireball, announced the first purpose-built satellite for fire detection in Australia. Scheduled for launch a year from now, the satellite is the first of …

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Six questions about 6G

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All mainstream network operators in New Zealand are steadily deploying 5G across the country. While we explore the scale of innovation and growth that 5G offers in almost all sectors of life, researchers around the world are already working on 6G – the sixth generation of mobile phone technology. This obviously raises at least six basic questions: Do we really …

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Mapping native forest using deep learning

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In this article, we introduce a deep learning pipeline that extracts information from high-resolution aerial data. The solution extends our current machine learning processes that use an object-based approach for identifying tree seedlings using data captured by a cessna-mounted imaging system. In this example, we take implementation one step further and use a deep learning segmentation model that extracts information …

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Roll out of NZ’s National Elevation Programme

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A National Elevation Programme currently being carried out by Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) in partnership with Regional Councils aims to make available a consistent, high quality baseline elevation dataset for all of New Zealand within the next few years. The power of this dataset lies in its ability to provide a deeper understanding of our landscape …