New instrument solves neighbours’ disputes

Few things can make neighbours so hostile to each other as property boundaries.

The solution was presented at Elmia Wood: a laser instrument that enables neighbours to jointly find their correct boundary.

“I’ve helped people who haven’t talked to each other for twenty years and who shook hands afterwards,” says the inventor, Mats Balte.

Inventor Mats Balte (at left) presents the boundary-detecting instrument to Albert Johansson of Sydved.

He has used the instrument himself to help solve boundary disputes. It is a laser pointer with a built-in compass. Just find the first boundary marker and then follow the map to find the other markers. Two people do the job – one goes first wearing a special vest that makes the laser beam visible a long way off and the other person walks after holding the instrument and pointing out the direction.

Boundary disputes are more common than we might think and take up a not-insignificant amount of time at the land registry offices. But using an official authority can cost a lot – which is why these disputes just keep simmering and causing ill will.

“There is a great need for determining property boundaries both in the forest and between people’s gardens,” Balte says.

His innovation was bought up by Haglöfs, which launched it to the world at Elmia Wood, where it met with great interest.

 

Published
6/7/2017
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Inventor Mats Balte (at left) presents the boundary-detecting instrument to Albert Johansson of Sydved.
Inventor Mats Balte (at left) presents the boundary-detecting instrument to Albert Johansson of Sydved.