Forestry Drone Digitization

Reference number
Coordinator Deep Forestry AB
Funding from Vinnova SEK 256 000
Project duration September 2019 - May 2020
Status Ongoing
Venture Strategic innovation programme for process industrial IT and automation – PiiA
Call Digitization of industrial value chains

Purpose and goal

Deep Forestry AB has developed drone hardware and software system for the classification of commercial forests. In this project they will apply the new system in real world conditions. The drone has the potential to provide data months before harvesting occurs; thus, helping digitize the entire forestry value chain. The project will further develop the software and elucidate how the system can best be leveraged to add value throughout the entire commercial forestry value chain. Deep Forestry AB, Rise Processum AB, and Linköping University are working together to achieve these goals.

Expected results and effects

The results will be focused on testing the drone system and providing a road-map for digitizing commercial forestry and adding value throughout the entire value chain via a large FUI follow-up project. Overall results include: 1) An evaluation of the drone in real world conditions. 2) An evaluation of the software when used with real world data. 3) An investigation into how best to leverage the software to add value throughout the value chain. 4) An overall evaluation for the likelihood of success for a large FUI follow-up project. 5) A list of new stakeholders in the follow-up project.

Planned approach and implementation

Task 01 - (RISE P) Advises on best strategy for using the new forestry classification software to add value throughout the value chain (End: 1st Apr 2020). Task 02 - (LiU) Feasibility test (End: 1st Dec 2019). Task 03 - (LiU) Software optimization (End: 1st Jan 2020). Task 04 - (LiU) Code refinement (End: 1st Feb 2020). Task 05 - (LiU) Reporting (End: 30th Apr 2020). Task 06 - (DF) Drone field tests (End: 1st Dec 2019). Task 07 - (DF) Profitability metric analysis (End: 1st Jan 2020). Task 08 - (DF) Drone optimization (End: 1st Feb 2020). Task 07 - (DF) Feasibility assessment (End: 30th Apr 2020).

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