Arbonaut: Technology Innovation

Twenty years ago, the Arbonaut team believed that the future of timberland inventory was in airborne and computer technologies, and the effectiveness of traditional ground based methods has been inadequate. Today, as a result of the company's innovations, many of the world's largest timber owners rely on Arbonaut's ArboLiDAR remote sensing technology for effective, efficient timberland management.

Full Service Management System

Both innovative and easy-to-use, Arbonaut's technological solutions have evolved over time to provide the most precise and actionable forestry management information available. Arbonaut is currently one of the few companies in the world that can provide a full-service system covering every aspect of forest information collection and data management. From sky to screen, Arbonaut has achieved information integration and accessibility by designing tools for all aspects of timber resource data collection, analysis, and management.

Advanced Resource Management Technologies

A leader in research and innovation, Arbonaut developed the first forest inventory tools in the world that detect individual trees from aerial and satellite imagery. Since launching these tools in 1998, the company combined the latest natural resource measurement technology with remote sensing data for operation resource management and planning, and to communicate forest management plans to forest owners over the Internet. Customers of these combined technologies include several large natural resource management corporations in Finland and the United States.

Technology Service Delivery Specialists

Over the past 20 years of continued improvement, Arbonaut's expert teams have amassed a wealth of knowledge from the development and implementation of a broad range of product-oriented solutions in natural resource management. Our understanding of the information services industry enables Arbonaut to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of our customers and to provide informed counsel for the successful execution of projects. Arbonaut's technology and service development teams include foresters, mathematicians, GIS specialists and software developers.

Global Relationships

Today's global information sharing climate provides great opportunities for companies willing to embrace cooperation and true scientific advancement. Arbonaut partners with large commercial forestry operations, and with world-leading technology partners such as Oracle, UPM and IBM. While the company now has global reach, Arbonaut is based in North Karelia, Finland. There is no other place on earth with more forest know-how. The region has world-class research innovative industrial customers and partners, and excellent forest education with global recruitment.


  • Arbonaut is incorporated as Arboreal Ltd.

  • Arboreal introduces the first automatic single-tree forest inventory method in the world: Arboreal FIT.

  • The first forest inventory trials based on airborne laser scanning happen with Arboreal FIT.

  • Arboreal, Benefon and Geodata introduce the first GPS-enabled GSM phone at Telecom 99 in Geneva.

  • Arboreal receives a major venture round for mobile location services from 3i Finland, Sitra, and Karinvest, and becomes Arbonaut.

  • Arboreal FIT brought to the U.S. market by Arbonaut partner Falcon Informatics.

  • Arbonaut launches a forest information portal for UPM.

  • Arbonaut receives the EUROLEADER Award from EBN and British Telecom as the most innovative small enterprise in Europe among 900 contestants.

  • Arbonaut receives a "Tuottava Idea" innovation award for Arboreal FIT.

  • Arbonaut delivers the first mobile field terminal application for the Finnish Forest and Park Service (Metsähallitus). The application soon has 400 users.

  • Arbonaut introduces ArboLIDAR, a new area based forest inventory method using airborne laser scanning.

  • Posiva Oy hires Arbonaut to build a toolset for simulating nuclear waste disposal in bedrock.

  • Arbonaut partners with Utility Risk Management Corporation (URMC) to deliver highly accurate vegetation management services for utilities.

  • Arbonaut sets up offices in Helsinki and in Stowe, Vermont, USA.

  • Using a combination of field measurements, lidar, and optical satellite imagery, Arbonaut, together with Finnmap and Indufor, carries out a successful assessment of forest carbon in Laos for REDD (UN program for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation).

  • Arbonaut Ltd. provides technical assistance for the National Forest Resource Assessment in Nepal.

  • Arbonaut completes the first 100 000 kms of corridor safety analysis

  • Arbonaut moves to new, bigger premises in Joensuu.

  • Arbonaut delivers three next generation operational GIS application to Metsähallitus (Finnish Forest and Park Service).

  • Arbonaut delivers the main operational GIS application MörGIS to Otso Forest Services.

  • Arbonaut releases ArboTimber, a new forest information search engine, to the Finnish market.