Metsäliitto has adopted a new forwarders’ work management and reporting system, applying spatial information and real time positioning. The system was implemented by GISnet Solutions Finland and Sonera. The new system integrates over 400 forwarders operating in the forest into Metsäliitto’s SAP R/3 -based supply chain management. With the system, work tasks and related spatial information are sent via Sonera’s wireless GPRS data network to Metsäliitto’s subcontractors and to computers in forwarders. More than 400 subcontractors and forwarders connected to the system report about work progress via wireless Internet in real time. Information received from the system is utilized in planning and implementing the daily timber transportation in Finland. More effective transport, improved inventory. Telecommunication and data security are based on Sonera Fleetware messaging service that links mobile personnel and vehicles to company databases. The service enables companies to cope with the special requirements of mobile data transmission, such as checking the integrity of message content, handling mobile phone network protocols, intermediate storage, as well as managing users and applications.
Metsäliitto Group is one of the world’s biggest companies in forest industry. Metsäliitto Osuuskunta is the Mother Company of Metsäliitto Group and is responsible for supplying raw wood to paper mills and other factories operating within Metsäliitto Group. GISnet Solutions Finland Oy is an independent IT-company offering a variety of spatially enabled IT-solutions. These include products, services and customer specific systems. GISnet is specialized in business critical GIS and positioning systems covering the company’s whole supply chain, like SCM, ERP and CRM, and also focuses on mobile GIS solutions. GISnet’s product suite includes e.g. mobile field surveying application ForestPadTM, JobDispatcher – a location enhanced fieldwork management application, a positioning and task management tool ZoneTracker and MapLT – map component for mobile devices. The company has special skills in integrating positioning and spatially enabled applications to SAP R/3 and to the Oracle technology. TeliaSonera Finland (Sonera Corporation), the Finnish profit centre of TeliaSonera, offers products and services under the Sonera brand. TeliaSonera, formed through a merger of Telia and Sonera in December 2002, is the leading telecommunications group in the Nordic and Baltic regions. TeliaSonera’s overall focus is on best serving its customers in its core business and creating value for shareholders through stronger profits and cash flows. TeliaSonera is listed on the Stockholm Exchange, the Helsinki Exchanges and Nasdaq Stock Market in the USA. Pro forma Net sales 2002 amounted to EUR 8.8 billion. The number of employees is about 29,000.