Coillte implements a real-time satellite platform for forestry harvest control in Ireland

Coillte, Ireland’s national forestry company, today announced a major EUR 1 million contract agreement, with Treemetrics to roll out a pioneering real-time satellite communications and data-analytics platform for forestry harvest control.

The Treemetrics technology platform aims to improve management of forestry resources by real time monitoring of the harvesting process, providing tree quality mapping and a reduction in travel costs to and from forest sites through In-Vehicle-Navigation and improved Inventory mapping.

According to the announcement, the Treemetrics technology platform is designed to optimise operational efficiency, reduce waste and improve environmental sustainability. Treemetrics developed the communications technology working in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) over the past four years. The technology promises to transform the global wood supply chain by connecting all the various stakeholders in real time through Global Positioning Satellites and Mobile Communications and utilising the latest in data analytics to give first hand insights.

The satellite communications platform communicates directly with harvest cutting machines ensuring that they always have 24/7 connectivity, thus delivering positioning and mapping services to the driver-operators as well as sharing data about the tree-logs in real time with the forest managers and sawmill wood buyers.

Fergal Leamy, Coillte’s Chief Executive, commented:

“Coillte is on a path to becoming the best forestry and land solutions company in Europe. Our increasing use of technology will be crucial over the next few years as we aim to create the connected forest. I am delighted to be working with world leading technology companies like Treemetrics, who also happen to be based in Ireland, as we develop innovative solutions to how we manage our forests.”

Earlier Coillte announced cooperation of its MEDITE SMARTPLY division with Accsys Technologies and BP to develop the world’s first Tricoya wood chip manufacturing plant in Hull, UK.

About Coillte

The company is a state-owned forest enterprise based in Newtown Mount Kennedy, Ireland, and a commercial company operating in forestry, land-based businesses, renewable energy and panel products. It owns over 445,000 hectares of land, about 7% of the land cover of Ireland and harvests approximately 2.5 million cubic meters of timber annually, being the major supplier of raw material to the Irish wood products industry. Coillte employs approximately 1,000 people and was established in 1988.

Source: Woodbizforum