As a result of a collaboration between the Indonesian Institute of Sciences and the Ministries of Environment and Forestry and Research, Technology and Higher Education an innovative technology for wood identification called AIKO has been developed in Indonesian language.
A lead researcher, Esa Prakasa, said AIKO is a mobile phone based application that is able to identify wood through cross-sectional photo images. Until now and because there are more than 100 wood characters that must be observed, manual identification he said is a slow process.
The new technology operates on a photograph of a cross-section of wood taken using a smartphone and sent to the website of Xylarium Bogoriense. Following the AIKO website, the International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA) is also involved in the project.
This article is based on the following source: ITTO Timber Market Report, Volume 22 Number 19 1st – 15th October 2018, page 4.