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Hydrogen powered airships collecting forest data

2 July 2024

Kelluu, a Finnish company founded in 2018, offers commercial enterprises and government agencies with data-as-a-service, specialising in monitoring and providing real-time, actionable intelligence on power lines, roads and railways, as well as surveying and monitoring potential environmental issues associated with forest lands and water bodies across Finland – and soon across Central Europe.

Production of processed raw materials from Finland’s forest lands into sawn wood and paper products is a EUR 15 billion a year market, making it one of the nation’s most vital industries. According to the Finnish Forest Centre, more forest lands were lost in 2022 due to spruce bark beetle infestations than ever before in recorded history.

Kelluu is leveraging use of RedEdge-P‘s high resolution, panchromatic imager for early stress detection of forests caused by bark beetle infestation at the green attack stage (when trees are yet to show distinct symptoms observable by the human eye) for the National Land Survey Institute of Finland.

“Equipped with RedEdge-P, our unmanned airships can fly for hours and survey thousands of hectares of forest land in a single mission, pinpointing precise locations of early bark beetle infestation for immediate remediation by forestry management companies” stated Jiri Jormakka, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Kelluu.

The RedEdge-P is just one of AgEagle’s leading innovations in aerial multispectral sensor technology. A single camera solution which is compatible with a wide array of unmanned aerial systems (“UAS”) ranging from large fixed wing to small multirotor to autopiloted airships, RedEdge-P captures calibrated high-resolution multispectral and RGB imagery with an optimised field of view and capture rate for efficient flights.

This solution seamlessly integrates a high resolution, all-colour imager with synchronised multispectral imagers to enable pixel-aligned outputs at previously unattainable resolution.

The Finnish company is using emission-free, AI-powered autonomous airships to create high-resolution digital twins of the real world and deliver real-time aerial intelligence. They are the northernmost airship factory in the world. This enables them to offer a complete aerial monitoring and data collection ecosystem to their clients as a service.

The Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Kelluu, Jiri Jormakka, will be presenting this year as part of the ForestTECH 2024 series running in Rotorua, New Zealand on the 20-21 November and 26-27 November 2024 in Melbourne, Australia the week after. Programme and event details can be found on the ForestTECH 2024 website.

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