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Treematics Receives Award For Lasers Used to Measure Trees

Posted by on Monday, 6 December, 2010

 – Today, a company based in Cork, Ireland has received awards from the Irish Society of Foresters and IBM’s Smartcamp. The firm, called Treemetrics, has developed technology that utilizes lasers to scan trees’ height, straightness, taper and volume. This info is then used by foresters to help determine which trees to cut down.

In the past, foresters have walked around wooded areas and manually measured trees, using calipers and their eyes to make assessments. According to Treemetric’s CEO Enda Keane, about 20% of forests worldwide are annually felled unnecessarily due to inaccurate estimations. Better measurements will decrease the number of mistakes and allow fewer trees to be cut down while maximizing value. Using the new laser system will also reduce the cost of logging, because it is faster than manual measuring.

Presently, Treemetrics’ laser system is being used in Ireland, Australia, Norway, the United Kingdom and the USA. Keane’s next developement will be to add software that directly connects forests to sawmills. Forests would be logged for optimal yield and sawmills would receive the logs they required in a timely manner.

Treemetrics has only 7 employees and has obtained over $1.87 million in private and government funding.

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IBM Makes Leeway In Silicone Photonics Arena

Posted by on Wednesday, 1 December, 2010

– The Wall Street Journal reported today that IBM has announced it’s making major headway in improving speeds in computer chips. The race is intense in the computer industry to develop computer chips that are laser-based. Conventional electrical chips use silicone, and Big Blue is leading the research to use lasers to send data in the form of light signals through the silicone at much faster rates than standard optical components. IBM hopes to generate chips that send data at a rate of a trillion bits per second. This is twenty five times faster than optical components used today.

Intel and Luxtera, in addition to IBM, are also working in the same field of silicone photonics. Luxtera, based in Carlsbad, California, is vying for the same limelight as IBM, and claims that it’s current chips are already ahead of IBM’s technology.

IBM states that it’s first commercial products in this new silicone integrated nanophotonics field will hit the market in three to five years.

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