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Trees from outer space

In a latest example of the use of space technology, Exeter City Council has secured funding from the UK Space Agency to develop a ground-breaking tree management system to show the exact location and details for fallen or damaged trees. The council is responsible for around 8,000 trees within its boundaries and needs to risk manage these.

By using satellite positioning, navigation and timing technology, the hand-held devices will help identify affected trees and input relevant information onto the system. It is hoped that the technology will not only save time and money for the council but will also hopefully enable residents to be able to report trees when they come down or are damaged. If successful, the technology will be expanded so members of the public can use it on mobile devices.

Related: Mississauga arborist.