Our story

Twenty years ago, Arbonaut’s team believed that the future of forest inventory was in airborne and computer technologies, while the effectiveness of traditional ground-based methods has been insufficient. In 1998, as 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 and, ever since, allow to combine the latest natural resource measurement technology with remote sensing data for operation resource management and planning
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.
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 forest inventory.


  • 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.