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Did you know that NVIDIA GPUs are powering AI solution for smarter forest management?

By Wong Chung Wee - on 21 Jan 2019, 1:33pm

Did you know that NVIDIA GPUs are powering AI solution for smarter forest management?

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Portugal-based 20tree.ai makes use of NVIDIA GPUs, both local and cloud-based ones, to help in its critical efforts to monitor forests. These complex ecosystems are abodes to thousands of fauna, and for some people, the forests are also “a source of food, water, clothing, medicine and shelter.”

As global urbanization threats to encroach on those green pockets, the monitoring of forests becomes more and more critical with each passing day. 20tree.ai makes use of NVIDIA-powered AI solution to process almost 100TB of satellite data every day. The data are used as training sets for its series of deep neural networks.

“Thanks to the power of artificial intelligence and NVIDIA’s GPUs, we are enabling faster, better decision making for our planet,” said Indra den Bakker, co-founder and deep learning engineer at 20tree.ai.

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Through an online portal, customers of 20tree.ai are able to obtain insights quickly, and can “check on specific factors of interest, including tree species, height and diameter, growth and productivity, as well as harvesting potential.” This allows for better management of their forest resources.

NGOs also benefit from 20tree.ai’s platform, for example, Rainforest Alliance and the Sumatran Orangutan Society are able to raise awareness of about the vulnerability of forests. Besides monitoring of forests, the system is suitable for urban planning, where green pockets can be planted to alleviate urban warming in built-up areas, air pollution, and even flooding.

(Source: NVIDIA Blogs)

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