Vodafone is helping Defra and Forest Research understand our forests
Vodafone has been working with the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Forest Research since July 2020 to investigate how Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) technology could help monitor tree growth and support research into the role trees play in tackling climate change.
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Vodafone's leading IoT network connects things in remote locations as it provides reliable coverage in areas and locations where standard mobile connectivity just wouldn't reach. This is why our IoT sensors are helping Forest Research and Defra understand how variations in environmental parameters across the forest affect individual trees differently.
Vodafone’s IoT sensors have been attached to nine oak trees at Forestry England, Alice Holt. They’re measuring tree growth, air and soil temperature, air humidity and soil moisture content. Data from the sensors is sent over Vodafone’s IoT network to a dashboard where the team can analyse the data and spot trends.
“What we want to understand is how we can better manage our forests and our trees to maximise the amount of carbon they’re absorbing from the atmosphere.”
Matthew Wilkinson, Climate Change Scientist, Forest Research
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