FOCUS - Advances in FOrestry Control and aUtomation Systems in Europe

FOCUS will demonstrate how innovative sensor technologies and control methods can facilitate the integration of control and planning mechanism in the main forest-based value chains in Europe (lumber, pulpwood, biomass, cork).

Factsheet

  • Lead department School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Additional departments Engineering and Information Technology
  • Institute Multifunctional forest management
    Research Institute for the Security in the Information Society RISIS
  • Research unit RISIS / Security Engineering Lab
    Forest Ecosystem and Management
  • Funding organisation Europäische Union
  • Duration 01.01.2014 - 12.06.2018
  • Project management Christian Rosset
  • Head of project Christian Rosset
  • Project staff Ulrich Fiedler
    Daniela Rommel
    Martin Ziesak
    Christian Rosset
    Clotilde Gollut
    Julien Künzi
  • Partner Simosol Oy
    Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Inesc Porto-Instituto de engenharia de sistemas e computadores
    Azevedos Industria maquinas e equipamentos industiais SA
    Research Studios Austria
    Hohenlocher Spezial-Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG
    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
    Holzcluster Steiermark GmbH
    Wahlers Forsttechnik GmbH
    Valedemar Fernandes da Silva SA
  • Keywords Precision forestry, sensors, automation, integrated planning and control

Situation

The goal of FOCUS is to improve sustainability, productivity and product marketability of forest-based value chains through an innovative technological platform for integrated planning and control of the whole tree-to-product operations.

Course of action

FOCUS brings together leading SMEs, experts and organisations in the fields of precision forestry, sensors, automation and software development. Case studies will be set in Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Portugal covering the four main forest-based value chains in Europe (lumber, pulpwood, biomass, cork), from forest planning and monitoring forest growth, harvesting, wood transportation and industrial processing.