Log Counting Application

In February 21, 2017

The recognition of objects within images is a technology within the field of computer vision.   A practical application within the forest industry is counting logs.  Once I heard about an app that would do this it seemed like an obvious application for this technology (It was only obvious to me after I was told about it!)

Last year a colleague let me know that he was using an application on a Windows 10 tablet that would count the number of logs visible from the back of a loaded truck.  He said as long as the logs are well illuminated the software does a great job identifying every log.  Logs hidden in the shadow would be missed but could be quickly added to the count manually by tapping the screen.

Recently I went looking for an application that would do what my colleague described.  Both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store have several apps for counting things visible in a photo.  However, the majority require the user to count the objects manually by tapping on the screen.   I only found one application that available for Windows, Android and Apple devices that will count automatically – “Count Things from Photos” by Dynamic Ventures, Inc.

This application can be used to count things such as logs, pipes, layers and clusters.  The app is free to download but a subscription is required to count more than a few items.   The image below illustrates what how the app counts and assigns a number to each log identified.

I would never be able to as good a job counting the logs visible in a photo as this application can.  It eliminates a tedious and time-consuming task.  Also, it creates an auditable record of counts which can be very important in the event of a dispute with your customer!

Source:  http://www.tablet-ex-gear.com/product-news/log-counting-application/

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