Timber Theft

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Timber theft
ENAiKOON telematics solutions to help stop timber theft
Sector

Forest Management

Problem

Within a year, a forester had suffered a financial loss in the seven digits, directly attributed to timber theft. He hired a security company to help deal with this problem. The security company monitored the forest perimeter but they were unable to consistently guard all the woodpiles in the forest at a reasonable cost. A technical solution was searched for and finally found at ENAiKOON.

Solution

In just three months the telematics device, ENAiKOON locate-18 for woodpile monitoring, was ready for deployment. The solution consists of a powerful set of batteries, an adjustable vibration sensor, GPS receiver for localisation, as well as a SIM card for the GPRS transmission. Everything is housed in a plastic tube 20 cm length and 3.5 cm in diameter. Holes were drilled into a log in the felled lumber piles into which the ENAiKOON locate-18 was inserted with vibration sensor activated. Using a previously sawed thin wooden disc they covered their drill holes and made them invisible. Every lumber pile of the forester received this treatment. In parallel, at selected loading areas, owl boxes were hung in which cameras and infrared lights were installed to collect further evidence, which could be admissible in court. When one of the prepared tree trunks is moved, the tracking device sends an alert to the server and activates the surveillance cameras. Before a lumber pile is taken to the saw mill, the audit company was informed of this movement and the device removed.

Conclusion

Soon after the ENAiKOON locate-18 was installed, theft of lumber was discovered. The truck drivers who were contracted by the forester had taken an extra load after taking their scheduled load of timber. The thieves even brought the lumber to the exact same sawmill that took the normal shipments. This was a worthwhile investment for the forester: the timber thefts ceased and the timber thieves and their collaborators in the sawmill were convicted in court.

For more information pertaining to the study and analysis of timber theft and the solutions offered by ENAiKOON please click on the button below to read the university thesis “Diebstahlsicherung von Rohholz mittels GPS-gestützter Verfahren” by Tim Eickmann that was written about our timber theft solution.

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