Beetle for Tech has developed in Austria a global timber tracking network to secure provenance of resources. Through its holistic timber tracing and forest monitoring system, the company aims at giving each single harvested tree an identity, digitalise the entire timber value chain and thus make transparency a matter of course.
Indeed, illegal deforestation is a global problem. In particular, tropical tree species from the world’s rainforests are cut illegally and then sold in domestic stores in the form of parquet flooring or exclusive furniture. Buyers can hardly ever determine whether the processed wood was cut legally or illegally. The founders of Beetle for Tech, Matthias Sammer and Sebastian Vogler have developed a technology that makes it possible to completely trace timber from the forest and along the value chain. This makes the previously opaque supply chain transparent and illegal timber trade can thus be detected and prevented. With a specially developed IoT-based marking device, the path of the timber can be traced permanently in conjunction with location-based services.
Beetle ForTech’s ambitious mission is to provide full traceability and transparency in the timber industry to prevent illegal deforestation and increase sustainability.