Started joint research with the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute
Mapry Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tanba City, Hyogo Prefecture, Representative Director: Keiji Yamaguchi, hereinafter referred to as “Mapry”), which provides the geospatial information application platform service “MAPRY” useful for forest management and regional activities, and the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute of the Forestry and Forest Research Agency (Location: Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, President: Toru Asano, hereinafter referred to as “Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute”), We started joint research with the aim of developing a three-dimensional survey method for forests using simple LiDAR equipment such as smartphones.
Through this joint research, Mapry aims to establish high-precision application services that can withstand on-site use, so that everyone involved in forests can easily and low-cost obtain and analyze forest information, and contribute to forestry and regional development.
Since its founding in 2019, Mapry has been working on the development of forest survey applications and peripheral devices using iPhones and iPads, and has cultivated programming techniques indispensable for smart forestry. On the other hand, the Hokkaido Branch of the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, which is mainly in charge of this joint research, has a wealth of research achievements in remote sensing and forest dynamic analysis using drones.
The idea that collaboration between the two institutions would enable the development of new and more valuable applications and peripherals was initiated.
■Outline of the joint research
Using three-dimensional point cloud data acquired by smartphones and LiDAR devices, we will construct a technology to measure the diameter of standing trees and forest information, and verify its accuracy. Beyond that, we will develop applications and peripheral equipment that realize more sophisticated forest surveying.
Research results will be published as academic papers in scientific journals or as general introduction articles in commercial journals and journals.
■About the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (excerpted and partially modified from the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute’s website)
The Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) is Japan’s only core testing and research institute that comprehensively handles the forestry, forestry, and timber industries, as well as the fields of forest tree breeding, and responds to national policies and social demands, and actively works to solve policy issues by comprehensively and effectively implementing its work in close cooperation with a wide range of related organizations such as the national and local governments, other independent administrative agencies, and industry. In addition, it has a mission and role to contribute to the preservation and cultivation of forests, the improvement of forestry technology, the expansion of the use of domestic timber, and to contribute to the promotion of the forestry industry and the maintenance and promotion of the public functions of forests.
Mapry provides services for all those involved in surveying, forestry, disaster prevention, agriculture and construction. It is possible to acquire 3D data, which was difficult to operate and analyze devices and was expensive in the past, more easily and inexpensively without depending on the network environment using handheld iPhones and iPads.