By Chrystoff Camacho, founder and CEO of Paratrees
As part of our end-of-year coverage this year, NJTechWeekly.com asked some New Jersey startups and established companies to look into their crystal balls and tell us what’s ahead for them in 2020. Here’s what Christoff Camacho, founder and CEO of the green tech startup Paratrees had to say.
Paratrees Technology (Newark) is a green-technology firm that performs research and develops technology to solve critical environmental problems. Our mission is to use our technology to sustainability manage forests and combat climate change by planting more trees. Paratrees is providing the forestry industry with an automated system that will streamline current forest management operations. Our approach offers a scalable solution that uses powerful cloud-based software, drone technology, and internet-of-things (IoT) devices. We are calling this solution our “smart forest” system, and we believe that this is how the forests of the future will be managed.
The smart forest system will enable any organization or individual with the right equipment to easily monitor vast tracts of forests, access routine data metrics on current forest conditions and use advanced technology to manage their properties. We see our technology as doing more than just helping us manage our forests: In our opinion, it will also help revitalize endangered forest ecosystems around the world. Our drone-based technology includes a direct seeding application that is supporting landowners in their reforestation projects. We believe that our system, combined with our research in swarm technology, will provide a scalable industrial solution for reforestation.
Our goal for 2020 is to continue growing and improving the technology that will help us address climate change. We are looking for collaborators to take part in a one-year study we’ll be conducting. An ideal collaborator would be a private forestry firm that is currently managing 50 or more properties anywhere in the tri-state area. Companies that choose to collaborate with us will benefit from our smart forest system and from working with a team of experts, including renowned professors and technology experts. Our goal is to study how our technology is improving forest management, and we will be gathering feedback to improve our products and services. After the success of our pilot program, we plan to provide long-term support to nonprofit organizations with their reforestation projects, using our technology.