US: Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) is in the process of implementing the first of its kind, RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) Tree Tracking Database so that investors in the HLH Koa Reforestation Project can track and monitor the progress of their investment in real time.
Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods’ IT (Information Technology) specialists are integrating their proprietary system that includes a GPS / GIS plantation-wide mapping system where each Koa tree planted will be equipped with RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification). The RFID program means that each individual tree is equipped with a computer signature, which will track ownership, growth, maintenance, lumber-yield and pedigree for the tree owner. The GPS / GIS system will locate each tree by an exact set of geographic coordinates allowing the tree owner to locate their trees on maps and by satellite imagery.
“This high-tech program will give a level of comfort to forestry investors that has never been available before now,” says Jeff Dunster, CEO of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods. ”It is only a matter of time before Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods investors will be able to go online, by using programs like Google Earth, to look at their specific sustainable lumber investment from space and to pinpoint their specific stand. We fully expect the rest of the industry to follow suit within the next 10 years,” he added.
Source: Damon Tucker