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Treemetrics signs EUR 1.2 million tree "Fitbit" deal with European Space Agency

Treemetrics has announced that it has signed an EUR 1.2 million contract agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA), to roll out a pioneering Tree Growth analytics and monitoring system, which includes a unique measurement sensor that tracks the growth and health of trees.

The “Internet of Trees” is a Fitbit inspired sensor that monitors tree growth in real-time (photo courtesy Treemetrics).

Ireland-based Treemetrics Ltd, the Digital Analytics Platform for World Forestry’, has announced a major EUR 1.2 million contract agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) to roll out a pioneering Tree Growth analytics and monitoring system, which includes a unique measurement sensor that tracks the growth and health of trees.

The ‘Tree sensor’ has been designed to monitor ‘minute’ increases in the growth of the tree. The ground-breaking solution creates a mesh network which effectively creates a ‘digital forest’ and the resultant data is transmitted via a Satellite Communications platform, providing real-time analytics for forest managers.

Fitbit inspired

There are over 4 billion hectares of forests across the world, and they are increasingly under threat due to deforestation and degradation.

The Internet of Tree’s system was inspired by the Fitbit product and we are leveraging the very latest advancements from the Internet of Things Transformation. Collecting regular up-to-date data in the Forest is expensive given the extent and remoteness of this vital resource. We are on a mission to deploy many millions of forest sensors around the world to better understand forest growth and enable more sustainable management. The new sensor and supporting communication system, is a world first for the forestry industry, and promises to transform global monitoring and enable a deeper understanding of forest growth, said Enda Keane, Chief Executive Officer, Treemetrics in a statement.

The company will be showcasing its forest management platform, Forest HQ at the upcoming Elmia Wood international forestry trade show in Jönköping Sweden in June.

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