Oslo, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Blom has signed an agreement with North American company ImageTree Corporation, giving ImageTree the rights to use Blom’s patented technology for airborne laser in forestland management. The agreement has a 12-year duration. – The agreement further solidifies our position on the American market, says Jan Bistrøm, Managing Director of Blom Kartta OY (Blom’s subsidiary in Finland).

ImageTree is a North American company specializing in assessment of forest assets. Under the agreement ImageTree will get the rights to use Blom’s patented technology (Lidar) in forestland management in North America. The agreement will be in effect for a period of 12 years.

– This agreement further strengthens Blom’s position on the American market. What is more, our customers in Europe and the rest of the world will benefit from the valuable build-up of competence that will be the certain result of a long-term partnership with a company such as ImageTree, Mr. Bistrøm states.

Airborne laser technology is employed to aerially collect topographical data, and will be a central part of the technological platform that forms the basis of ImageTree’s services. The services comprise amongst other things accurate and cost effective analysis of forest volumes, in addition to assessment of carbon sequestration. ImageTree provides these services to forest owners, investment companies, and companies compiling statistics on biomass.

– With this agreement we are solidifying a long-lasting relationship with a true leader in topographical data collection and geographical data processing. Blom’s laser technology will ensure that we can provide our customers with the best possible path to achieving better environmental practises, improved lifecycle management, and increased financial performance, says Managing Director Mark Redlus of ImageTree.

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