Tama WaldCursor

  • ACTIVITYDemonstration Project
  • STATUSOngoing
  • THEMATIC AREAEnvironment, Wildlife and Natural Resources

Objectives of the service

"Image credit: Tama Group, Project: TSMF_10CM DP – the Tama WaldCursor"

Climate change provides many new challenges for forests and forestry. Long dry periods combined with an increase in extreme weather events call for new solutions in forestry operations. 
Combining easy to handle possibilities of remote sensing for forestry and features for geocoded digital forest-management, the WaldCursor offers a clever digital assistance for proper information based quick decisions in the field as well as in the office. WaldCursor is an app and cloud-based assistant for forest owners and forestry operations with steady monitoring of forests using satellite imagery, analysis supported by artificial intelligence, and an easy-to-handle tools for georeferenced memos and areas of special interest or actions to follow. Within the WaldCursor the analysis of satellite data can be combined with locally provided drone data for detailed analysis. Thus, the WaldCursor will assist individual foresters and owners efficiently and cost-effectively and provide a solid record for decision making.

Users and their needs

The Tama WaldCursor is initially aimed at two major user groups: a) professional forestry operations and b) forestry owners which are primarily set-up within the legal structures of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

While developing the WaldCursor through the Tama Situation Map Forestry 10CM pixel resolution Demonstration Project (TSMF_10CM DP) we took special care in developing “must-have features” of our target user groups:

  • Easy to use digital information platform

  • Access to satellite imagery even for sat-newcomers

  • Automated Analyses of remote sensing data

  • Change detection and reliable phytosanitary alarm services

  • Usage of self-created drone imagery

Service/ system concept

The WaldCursor service offers users timely, accurate and comprehensive information about their forestry resources and enable their field teams to take swift action. According to our talks to various stakeholders who expressed interest to use the WaldCursor we also focused on features for geocoded digital forest-management which will be used on a daily basis while taking care of the forest. Thus, also small and medium forestry businesses get an opportunity to use satellite imagery and more remote sensing data on an easy-to-handle daily basis. WaldCursor puts users in a position to create, share as well as store current and geocoded information about the actual state of their forests.

Employing the WaldCursor in Pilot-Version 1.0, users can easily navigate in their geospatially represented forest. The implemented features set includes a broad set of capabilities:

  • Upload of property boundaries

  • Upload of permanent details such as maintenance roads

  • Set geocoded Memos while in the field as well as in the office

  • Set geocoded Dockets while in the field as well as in the office

  • Share Dockets with team members and partners

  • Obtain phytosanitary alarms

  • Monitor Time series of satellite imagery of the property (“my flipbook”)

  • Include geospatially correct highest resolution imagery from drones

  • Extract elevation of their vegetation

  • Obtain high storm risk area map

  • Obtain high draught risk area map, and a lot more for

  • Use in daily operations, phytosanitary care and ongoing inventory taking

The Tama WaldCursor provides three easily accessible user interfaces. 

  • For mobile use a Progressive Web App (PWA) which easy to install on smart phones

  • For office use a browser-based system login and, for drone service providers,

  • A browser-based system login for data transfer

The WaldCursor services become available by three software modules, all running in the cloud

  • Agent S, visualizing and analysing Sentinel-2 imagery

  • Agent A, visualizing and analysing drone imagery

  • A Drone Terminal, providing data transfer and photogrammetric capabilities

"Image credit: Tama Group"

Space Added Value

The Tama WaldCursor makes intensive use of two kinds of space-based assets. First of all, remote sensing imagery from Sentinel-2 satellites becomes available directly to smartphones and offices of foresters and forestry owners. This remote sensing data builds the base layer of all other information layers in the system such as a field data and AI based analytics.

In addition to remote sensing satellites, the WaldCursor benefits strongly from GNSS data. In most cases in forestry, even a 10m level accuracy of local position as provided by commercial smart phones allows the WaldCursor to make intensive use for visualization, analytics, alerts and guidance for field teams. This can be seen as strong upgrade as compared to todays’ methods which are mostly built on ground-based information gathering.

Current Status

The WaldCursor has started Pilot Demonstration services on November 8, 2021. Interested parties may contact us for a test account by info@waldcursor.com.

By the way: The word “cursor” is originally a latin word, meaning “running”. Many of our target users consider themselves as “wood runners”, or WaldCursor. Accordingly, our product will be found on www.waldcursor.com.

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Status Date

Updated: 19 May 2022 - Created: 19 May 2022