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Tieto and Metsä Group are digitalizing the forestry ecosystem with help of AI, drones and VR

27 June 2017

Tieto and Metsä Group are taking next steps in digitalizing the forestry ecosystem and developing highly innovative services for timber trading and forestry services. The services include drone and AI based beetle alarm system and a virtual forest asset management system. 

"New technology, such as AI and VR, bring new opportunities into service development also within forestry. Metsä Group wants to be in the forefront in this development and aims to pursue new value-added services for our member-customers, and at the same time optimize the fibre supply chain”, says Juha Jumppanen, Metsä Group's Senior Vice President of Member Services.

Drone war against bark beetle 

Tieto, together with the Austrian start-up Festmeter and Metsä Group are developing a pre-warning system for bark beetle that is a major threat to forests. The AI system analyses drone based multispectral images, to recognize changes in plant metabolism caused by beetle infestation long before the human eye.

Virtual forest asset management

"Together with Tieto and CTRL Entertainment Metsä Group is now aiming to apply virtual reality on digitized forest assets to further strengthen their leading position. We are further expanding the portfolio of digital services for the wood and fibre supply chain”, says Jaakko Kuusisaari, Director, Wood & Fibre Solutions, Tieto.

Already in 2015 Metsä Group launched an online wood trade and forest service for forest owners that provides them with tools for evaluating forest assets. Together with Tieto and the start-up company CTRL Entertainment, Metsä Group are aiming to apply virtual reality on digitized forest assets to strengthen their leading position within the forestry ecosystem.

For more information, please contact:

Christian Hofmann, Vice President, Industry Solutions – Realtime Supply Chain, Tieto Tel.: +43 664 314 314 2, e-mail: christian.hofmann[at]tieto.com (christian.hofmann@tieto.com)

Juha Jumppanen, Senior Vice President, Metsä Group Member services, Metsä Group, Tel: +358 50 384 4808, e-mail: Juha.Jumppanen[at]metsagroup.com (Juha.Jumppanen@metsagroup.com)

Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and cooking papers.

Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion in 2016, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and owned by approximately 104,000 Finnish forest owners.

CTRL Reality is a company specializing in the production of augmented and virtual reality experiences. We increase productivity with new technology by creating mixed reality applications for Android and iOS devices as well as for latest VR and AR headsets. www.ctrlreality.fi

Tieto aims to capture the significant opportunities of the data-driven world and turn them into lifelong value for people, business and society. We aim to be customers’ first choice for business renewal by combining our software and services capabilities with a strong drive for co-innovation and ecosystems. www.tieto.com

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