The SATMODO project is aimed at the round-wood timber harvesting market, by facilitating ”live” monitoring of harvest processes. To date, the availability of real-time or near real-time harvest process data has been limited, as the facility to send the data from remote harvest vehicles has been hampered by the lack of reliable data transmission technologies. The SATMODO project specifically addresses this issue by utilizing both satellite and terrestrial wireless transmission technology as a means of providing data transmission pathways for the live harvest data.
To monitor forest harvest machines in real-time or near real-time using satellite and terrestrial wireless networks and to use this data to improve the overall efficiency of the forest harvest process. An in-vehicle device is installed in each harvest vehicle, allowing individual machines or groups of machines to be monitored.
The SATMODO system consists of the following elements:
The system represents a means of bringing together all the elements of the forestry supply chain. By providing an easily used and accessible management system, the platform delivers an innovative tool capable of managing each element of the forest product supply chain.
Current Status (dated: 26 Jun 2012)
The project has currently completed its Pilot Qualification Review (PQR); the first system prototype has passed the factory acceptance tests. The next stage will be to manufacture and install the SATMODO system on 20 Cut to Length harvesting machines. Pilot operations will start in October 2012.