Digital Perception Technology Enabling Future Forestry
The forestry sector is standing before unprecedented challenges in adapting to increased demand for sustainable raw materials, carbon storage, biodiversity conservation and a shortage of highly skilled machine operators. Digital tools, precision forestry and automation will play a crucial role in meeting these challenges. NFA is in the business of creating such tools. We are starting out with a sensor based operator support system for forest harvesting machines.
Our support system continuously detects, positions, measures and classifies all trees around the machine. It also measures the position and orientation of the machine itself with cm-accuracy. Using this information, the system provides:
Real-time feedback to the operator
A full before/after inventory (of individual trees) and report
Together, 1 and 2 enable systematic implementation of best practice forest management strategies, full transparency and quality assurance of the harvesting operation. The system is fully stand-alone, and can be retro-fitted to any machine. Optionally, it can be integrated with existing production/GIS-systems.
Simple and intuitive user interface
“This definitely increases productivity, since I always know how I'm doing. If you get uncertain and hesitate, productivity goes way down”
“Just for beginners? No - even the most experienced can benefit from direct feedback”
Forest Owner Perspective
People & partners
The people behind NFA is a group of PhDs in the fields of robotics, autonomous vehicles and computer vision, with a hands-on approach to their work, and life-long experience from small-scale forestry. The journey started back in 2017, with the realization that the technology we developed in our respective research fields could be used to tackle many of the challenges facing the forestry sector. Skogstekniska Klustret got us in contact with a group of insightful speaking partners in the industry, who encouraged us to apply our technology to operator support for harvesting machines. Looking forward, we see a huge potential for using NFAs core technology in an array of products that will continue to support operators in the transition to precise and sustainable forestry.
Co-Founder & CEO Lars Svensson installing an early prototype of the sensor module