Sep 2022

HARVESTER-NAVI: Innovation to help the forest of the future

Harvester-Navi Project involves the development of a navigation assistance system for forest harvesters based on non-georeferenced positioning networks.

In the forest, and under the dense canopy of foliage, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) based navigation technology cannot be relied on to as a reference for position-based operational tasks.

The objective of the project is the development of a navigation assistance device as an add-on solution for the harvester to increase work productivity and at the same time relieve the harvester driver.

Harvester-Navi Project will provide a friendly application for the harvester operator that optimizes the daily work routine. This application will make available all relevant information (felling information, accurate positioning, boundary areas to operate) with high accuracy by means of radio sensor networks for positioning and communication.

In this project, Metirionic is providing the technology for real-time positioning, which will be integrated into the harvester’s navigation assistance system. This will facilitate the management of the operational areas and improve the safety of the workers in the forests.

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The project is a research and cooperation project with the TU Dresden (Professorship for Information Technology for Transport Systems), Trans4mation, Metirionic GmbH and the associated partners Sachsenforst and John Deere Forestry Oy and is supported and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWK).

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