Ireland: Irish company Treemetrics, which is pioneering data analytical technology for the forestry industry, has been awarded a EUR 800,000 contract from the European Space Agency (ESA) to carry out a satellite forestry monitoring research project. The company is also planning to take on 10 new software engineers at its Cork facility.
Treemetrics, which Enda Keane and Garret Mullooly founded in 2005, has been awarded the ESA funding to lead an EU-wide research project in forestry measurement and data analytics.
The company is developing a real-time forest intelligence system, with the goal of bringing live 3D forestry data to mobile devices and forestry machinery across the globe.
The ESA contract has been secured with the help of Enterprise Ireland, the co-ordinating body for the ESA in Ireland.
The funding will support the rollout of Treemetrics” web-based satellite mapping application for the forestry industry.
The company is also planning to recruit 10 new software engineers over the next 12 months to bring its headcount at its Cork facility to 30 employees.
Treemetrics” forestry innovation aims to replace traditional callipers and measuring tape used by foresters with technology to measure forests before trees are cut down.
According to the company, its 3D laser scanners can quickly and accurately measure the shape, size and straightness of standing trees.
The goal is to allow foresters to use this 3D data to predict the quantities of log products that each tree can produce. Another aim of the technology is offer a better way of managing forests and reducing the unnecessary cutting down of trees.
Source: Silicon Republic