Finland turns to drones, machine vision tech to map invasive species

The environmental watchdog teamed up with the Oulu chapter of ProAgria, a national agricultural advisory and development organisation to demonstrate the use of drone technology for mapping non-indigenous flora and fauna. Landowners have a duty to eradicate invasive plants classified as harmful. They may include lupins, giant balsam, giant hogweed and beach rose plants. Photographic material of the landscape recorded will be analysed with the assistance of machine vision, a technology that uses single or multiple cameras to inspect and analyse objects automatically. Syke said that it will be looking to develop the drone imaging and mapping programme for broader use across the country.

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