The SATMODO project is aimed specifically at the round-wood timber harvesting market, by facilitating ”live” monitoring of harvest processes. To date the SATMODO project addressed current harvesting issues in remote areas by utilizing both cellular and satellite transmission technology as a means of providing data transmission pathways for the live harvest data from the Harvester Machine. The SATMODO project has been extended to facilitate the “live” monitoring of the work progress and security of the Forest Forwarder machine. This system will help assist in more efficient and better management of the forest resources by offering an end-to-end solution from forest to roadside. The new security sensor system is also being developed to offer a practical solution to monitoring the interference of forwarder vehicles in remote locations.
The initial project objectives were to improve the management of timber harvesting for both forest owners and harvest machine operators by improving the links with the supply chain. Forest harvest machines were monitored in real-time or near real-time using satellite and cellular networks providing information back onto a central web platform. This information helped to reduce waste and to ensure the right proportion of logs were harvested by allowing individual machines or groups of machines to be monitored. An in-vehicle device was installed in each harvest vehicle also facilitating in-vehicle mapping (boundaries & hazards) for the machine operator.
In the CCN, forest forwarding machines were monitored in real-time or near real-time using the same techniques as the harvesting machine. This information helped to increase efficiency by ensuring the flow of logs was monitored for pick up by timber trucks. It also helped to manage and ensure the right logs are forwarded to the best locations. An in-vehicle device was installed in each forwarder vehicle which also facilitated in-vehicle mapping and positioning of boundaries and hazards for the machine operator. The added security features provided timely alerts to owners/managers of interference with machines in remote locations.
The main benefits of SATMODO are:
i. Reduction in management cost for the forest owner, harvest manager and machine owner.
ii. Reduction in cost from Boundary marking / Navigation.
iii. Travel costs to and from forest property greatly reduced due to live monitoring.
iv. Ability to control the wood flow for harvest managers, forest owners and machine owners.
The SATMODO harvest system consists of the following elements:
The features developed include:
Multiple User Platform:
Integration with TLS (terrestrial laser scanning) forest inventory system:
Post Harvest Returns:
Integration Between Various Machine Type Manufacturers:
The SATMODO Forwarder project developed the following;
The SATMODO harvesting machine project is successfully completed.
The harvesting machine pilot stage successfully demonstrated the following,
The project extension to the forwarder machines was successfully completed in August 2014.
The Forwarding machine pilot stage successfully demonstrated the following,
The SATMODO project has achieved most of the target objectives according to the user requirements.
The SATMODO project has three major outcomes:
(1) The development of the system enabling the operational service;
(2) The pilot of the service to the users; and
(3) The establishment of agreements with the pilot partners to use the system on a commercial basis.
The Harvester system was successfully implemented in 14 cut to length harvest machines as test vehicles for the pilot operation. SATMODO in-vehicle devices were installed in all 14 machines, linking the on-board computers in the cut-to-length (CTL) harvest machines via a local Bluetooth connection. The Pilot operations for the Harvester Machine were conducted from February 2013 to May 2013.
The system was installed in 6 Forwarder machines as test vehicles for the pilot operation. In-vehicle devices were successfully upgraded 6 CTL machines in order to reliably link the data from the cut-to-length (CTL) harvest machines with the Forwarder Machine.The Pilot operations for the Forwarder Machines were conducted from April 2014 to July 2014.
SATMODO is commercialised with the name RTFI™ (Real Time Forest Inventory); it has been successfully designed to provide an In-Vehicle-Device and online service for the efficient access and analysis of Harvesting and Forwarding data to aid in the management of the forest resource.
The adoption of new technology by the forestry industry has been very promising. Both machine owners and the Harvest managers, representing the forestry industry in Ireland, have expressed a willingness to use RTFI in the future.
The Pilot also has provided valuable feedback and results which include: