Forest Machine Connectivity
The collection and analysis of data using the Industrial Internet of Things technology to improve efficiency in the timber harvesting supply chain.
Project Budget* - $7.8M
Partner Co-investment - $4.5M
Supercluster Co-investment - $3.3M
In order to stay competitive in the global wood products manufacturing industry, Canfor and TimberWest recognize the need to digitally transform and modernize the timber harvesting supply chain. Both companies, in collaboration with the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry, are leading the Forest Machine Connectivity project to deploy the first application to solve the industry’s technical barriers impacting efficiency.
The Forest Machine Connectivity project is using an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform, which is a network of smart devices that can collect, monitor, exchange and analyze data as well as deliver valuable insights. The data and insights will allow contractors, machine operators and forest managers to identify bottlenecks and improve productivity in real time and develop best practices throughout the supply chain.