Forests are part of our ecosystem, caring for them and protecting them should not be seen as an obligation, it is essential for our survival. Moreover, if we do it properly, we will be able to get even more out of them, in a safe, sustainable and efficient way. This week I joined other experts at the ” IoT Forests” conference, organized by the Institute for Business Competitiveness (ICE), the Cesefor Foundation, DIH Leaf and IoT Digital Innovation Hub with the aim of applying technological solutions and Internet of Things in the management of natural resources and biodiversity.

 The technology we have at our disposal allows us to develop large-scale smart city projects, in the field of Industry, what we now call Industry 4.0, etc. All this technology, based on AI, IoT and Blockchain, is already in use in numerous urban, industrial and/or precision agriculture and livestock projects, and can be applied in our forests.

In addition, we have extraordinary communications networks that provide us with great services at low cost, and that can help us to develop projects with edge computing technology to sustainably improve the productivity of forest stands and guarantee the safety of both the forests and the operators. This is an area that has vast potential and much work still needs to be done to benefit forests and ourselves.

Bosques 4.0_en (access to pptx.)

I share a summary video of my presentation at IoT Bosques.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.