The Tree Registration App
One of our first objectives was to make a tree registration application. We needed a program that would register trees as they are planted and would store the tree’s location and data in a database. Our objectives were to use smartphone technologies because apps made with this technology can use the smartphone’s GPS to assign coordinates to a tree, the camera with which to photograph the tree, a wifi connection so the data may be uploaded, and an app store where the app may be downloaded from any internet connected location in the world.
The concept is simple: store GPS coordinates of a planted tree in a database, along with information such as species, grower, time and date planted, etc.
Once this information is in a database it can be connected to other programs (or subprograms) to visualize the information. Thus, the next step is to map the trees from the information in the database.
The image below is from the mapping function of the Tree Registration app. The mapping function allows you do zoom in on any region to see what trees are planted there. The tree database information can be visualized on Google Maps as well. In principle, the data will use, to extent possible, open data standards. Further, the apps are programed under open source licensing and programming practices.
The Tree Registration app has a user interface that allows the grower to keep an inventory of their trees. Some of this information is shared between the grower and the investor (such as the location of the trees planted as proof of planting and care).
The Tree Registration app is currently (as of October, 2017) in beta testing in Kenya. Africa Wood Grow, one of our Trusted Partners is managing the deployment of this registration technology in their tree planting projects.
Trees and Environmental Monitoring
Since the development of the Tree Registration app, we have become more specialized in the various technologies for environmental verification and monitoring. It is part of our evolving mission to develop many more development aid specific applications, in addition to tree registration. Entire suites of technology can be employed, from simple photography, to immersive environments like AR/VR, to forest scanning with LIDAR. By combining these technology suites with propelled technology from satellites to drones, specific solutions can be developed for ecological monitoring needs.