Clever app planned for tracking trees

Wednesday 14 Oct 2020

New Zealand: World-first tree-planting app - TreeTime, a new tree planting non-profit enterprise, is developing an innovative app which will utilise new drone software to enable donors to track their tree’s journey from seed to maturity.

The app gives the assurance to users that each contribution is truly making a difference. Those who donate to sponsor a tree will be able to follow the growth of their individual tree over the course of 50-plus years through the app.

TreeTime is the passion project of Auckland lawyer Nick Muir, a millennial driven to empower people across the globe to contribute towards leaving a lasting, positive legacy on the planet and help prevent irreversible anthropogenic damage.

“Our vision is to make TreeTime the world's leading tree planting non-profit platform,” explains TreeTime co-founder and CEO Nick Muir, adding, “after working on this for more than 12 months, I’m excited to finally unveil this sustainable and engaging way for people to participate in planting robust forests on a large scale here in New Zealand.”

App development is well underway, and a crowdfunding campaign will be launched soon with funds be applied to the development of the drone software.

“We have exclusive access to unique geo-positioning software which will enable app users to follow the journey of their unique trees – TreeTime supporters will know exactly where their contribution is going and receive regular updates on the growth of tree,” says Nick.

When people purchase a tree via the TreeTime app, planting coordinates are assigned to each tree and users receive a unique ‘BarkCode’. The app then links to drone technology that surveys TreeTime’s forests and uploads video footage to the TreeTime database. Individual photos of the trees tracked via the BarkCodes are then automatically sent to that tree’s sponsor.

Every six months TreeTime photos will be shared with each app user so they can see their tree’s progress and rest easy knowing their tree is still alive and sequestering CO2. The app is being developed by Auckland-based digital studio transformative, and Qual IT, New Zealand information technology and quality assurance company, who have approached this project with a shared passion, and who have gone above and beyond to ensure the TreeTime platform reaches its full potential.

Nick, who plans to put his legal career on hold in order to focus solely on the smooth delivery of TreeTime’s vision, wishes to thank donors in advance for their support.

“We're all in this together and share the same future on this planet. We've designed the app so that anyone anywhere can do their part in protecting our earth,” says Nick, who has engaged his sister Celine Muir’s expertise in marketing and not-for-profits to assist at TreeTime.

Note: This story has been modified at the request of the developer to reflect its current status." Source: Scoop

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