Forestry workers perform most of their tasks outdoors, meaning their tools get exposed to variable weather conditions and rough handling. By deploying rugged computers, workers can take advantage of cutting-edge data technology to navigate, map, image, and report in the field without having to worry about their tools.
These devices do not only allow forest managers to get rid of the old paper and pen method but also improves data collection and accuracy.
Rugged computers can help collect tree measurements, species, age, defects, and site quality and store it on a single device.
This will benefit workers who are looking to estimate value and determine possible uses for timber, as well as streamline management planning of forest inventory.
Timber cruising and inventory
For timber cruising, workers often collect data such as wood type and tree measurements at several plots and combine the findings for a full sample. Rugged computers can help workers to navigate, collect, and calculate the data and generate the reports, directly in the field.
Together with purpose-designed accessories, rugged handhelds can also streamline timber inventory. Throughout New Zealand and Australia, Max Birt Sawmills are using the Handheld Nautiz X2 rugged handheld with pistol grip scanners to sync inventory data from up to 15m away – with 4G cellular.
Read the case study: Scanning timber inventory with NAUTIZ X2.
Learn more about rugged computers for forestry.