Internet of trees

An internet designed for trees has been presented to the world at Elmia Wood. The multifaceted development project is led by the Irish company Treemetrics in collaboration with the European Space Agency, IBM and others.

Enda Keane, CEO of Treemetrics, shows the electronic device that will build an internet of trees.

Treemetrics is developing a cloud-based platform for the large-scale analysis of forestry data. The project has resulted in a number of innovations. One of them that has attracted much attention is IoTrees, which was presented at the fair.

Simply put, it is an electronic device that contains some kind of sensor. The version of the device shown at the fair is screwed onto a tree and then a wire is wrapped around the tree trunk and connected to a sensor.

“Once a month the unit wakes up and transmits information about the tree’s circumference via the mobile phone network or by satellite,” explains Enda Keane, CEO of Treemetrics.

In another application, the unit contains a pheromone trap that attracts insect pests. The unit counts the catch continuously and regularly sends off the data for analysis.

“In the system we also process satellite information, data from harvesters and drones, plus all the other data that are collected before, during and after felling,” Keane says.

In other words, this involves the analysis of huge amounts of information, or what is usually called Big Data. To process all this data Treemetrics is collaborating with IBM and is the only forestry-related company with permission to communicate with Watson, the self-taught giant computer that makes headlines by beating various world champions at their own game.

 

Published
6/9/2017
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Enda Keane, CEO of Treemetrics, shows the electronic device that will build an internet of trees.
Enda Keane, CEO of Treemetrics, shows the electronic device that will build an internet of trees.