And if digitalization has brought a change to the forest management practices, so it has done to attitudes as well. The gap between nature protection and forest management has narrowed. With the help of digitalization, we can get more actual and versatile information on the state of forest. Based on this, forest management scenarios considering the changing objectives of forest owners, ranging from storing carbon to the maximization of recreational values, can be produced and compared. In the current situation, there are versatile options between clearcutting and leaving the forest entirely untouched. Digitalization can have an important role in moving towards more sustainable forestry.
Data producers and software developers form together the front line of digitalization. When there is data to be used, services responding to the needs of forest sector professionals can be developed around it. Bitcomp has been in the front line of forest sector digitalization already since early 2000s by developing forest applications and forest information standardization that is tightly connected to applications. Lately, the emphasis has shifted also to solutions based on artificial intelligence that are already featured in our forest applications, the aim of which has been to make our customers’ decision-making processes more effective.
What Does Digitalization Mean for a Forest Professional?
Digitalization brings a lot of good to the table. The advantages provided by it can be used to manage forests more efficiently and with regard to the different interests of different parties. Up-to-date data helps in making the work site planning easier. Back and forth movement and moving machines around can be reduced, which creates significant cost reduction whether speaking of forest management or wood harvesting measures. With artificial intelligence and automated change detection, field visits can be targeted efficiently to the locations that require further investigation.