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31 July, 2018

Near Real Time Forestry Monitoring Innovation

Real Time Forestry Monitoring Innovation

Remote sensing has been used for large scale earth observation for years to gather data in the form of multispectral satellite imagery, which can be used for monitoring purposes. The forestry industry at large has not used remote sensing due to the lack of consistent high-resolution imagery and the ability to transform this data into useful, actionable information.

In the past, planted and natural forestry could only be monitored in a cost-effective manner using low to medium-resolution satellite imagery. These satellite sensors provided valuable information, but often the image resolution and frequency were of poor quality. This has all changed now with the introduction of Planet; Planet is a satellite constellation comprising of 188 nano satellites of 3 metre resolution capable of taking an image of the entire land mass of the world every single day. This technological innovation within the earth observation and remote sensing environment has now expanded our views of what is possible on medium to large scale monitoring projects. However, the problem remains; how does this data become knowledge and assist in decision support throughout the forestry industry?

Swift Geospatial has been working closely with industry leaders to better understand the requirements of the forestry manager and organisation as a whole. We believe that our innovative forestry monitoring solution now delivers on those requirements.

Near Real Time Forestry Monitoring Innovation

Our solution's deliverables are illustrated in the above diagram, which depicts the following services, all in near real time:
  1. Compartment/Stand health report
  2. Fire break status report
  3. Felling/Harvesting status report
  4. In-field personnel status
All the above outputs are displayed through an online web-application that we custom build for each client. You can now have near real time information on your entire forestry plantation or natural forest through satellite monitoring using the latest in satellite technology. The example below shows a typical harvest/felling progress that can be seen in the online web-application.

Near Real Time Forestry Monitoring Innovation

Having the ability to track felling daily throughout your plantation not only offers insight from contractor monitoring to the ordering of seedlings but can be used for the identification and monitoring of potential illegal logging and associated activities.

Swift Geospatial is currently monitoring over 1 000 000 Hectares of planted and natural forestry throughout Africa. Our monitoring solution is ever expanding to meet the further requirements of today's evolving modern forestry practices. Please follow this link to our forestry monitoring solution animation for a better understanding of our products and solutions:

Please feel free to contact us for further information:

Michael Breetzke
+27 12 348 9555

Source: Swift Geospacial Solutions