Polterluchs – A permanent eye on the timber

Camera manufacturer visiosens has developed the “Polterluchs” camera system, which was awarded the KWF Innovation Medal in 2012 for the digital collection of data on timber stacks.

Closing the gap in the measurement chain
In order to accelerate timber logistics in the forestry industry, the manual method of recording quantities of timber in timber stacks needs to be replaced by a digital detection system, the goal is to determine the volume of the timber harvest on site, immediately after it is felled. For this application, visiosens developed the extremely rugged “Polterluchs” camera system, an image processing system mounted directly to the forwarder.

This system enables data on wood piles to be recorded incredibly quickly, direct from the vehicle, simply by positioning the viewframe at the beginning of the wood stack and then driving past it. The recorded data is available on site immediately after being recorded and can be forwarded and processed using a variety of EDP systems.

Designed for use in tough conditions
The “Polterluchs” is developed for the tough environment in the forest, enabling professional users to work in the most extreme weather conditions. The special housing is made from aluminium and is waterproof, dustproof and shockproof and can also be used without difficulty at very high or very low temperatures.

Intuitive and powerful software
The well-organised and clearly structured software interface offers users a quick point of entry to the digital collection of data on wood piles, the user interface is designed for use with a wide range of touchscreen computer systems. In just a few steps, the image of the wood pile can be recorded, evaluated and made ready for storage or forwarding to the head office or haulier by UMTS, GPRS, etc.

Compact measuring system
The hardware and software of “Polterluchs” is optimised for day-to-day use in difficult conditions. The special camera can be mounted as required to ensure quick and safe installation on a wide range of vehicle types.

Integration of “Polterluchs” into GeoMail
It is also possible to integrate “Polterluchs” into the forestry logistics software GeoMail, providing the user with full digital data collection and coordination of wood stacks. “Polterluchs” can be launched directly from GeoMail, allowing the evaluated wood stack data to be added and processed immediately.

Fig.1: The Polterluchs camera system from visiosens enables data on wood piles to be recorded incredibly quickly, direct from the vehicle
Fig.2: Polterluchs camera system from visiosens
Fig.3: Mobile with flexible fastening
Fig.4: Fixed installation on the forwarder
Fig.5: Well-organised and clearly structured user interface


For FRAMOS, image processing is not just a technical discipline, but a fascination, the future and our mission all at the same time. Since 1981 FRAMOS is a leading technology provider in industrial, scientific and medical image processing. Headquartered in Munich and with 5 subsidiaries worldwide we enable manufacturers, system integrators and researchers to benefit from imaging technologies. Our team of approximately 80 associates offers a fully comprehensive portfolio of imaging components, technical consulting and support. Thanks to many years of experience in the industry, we offer engineering services for custom camera development as well as complete turn-key-solutions. We are proud of our participation in a revolutionary technology. The spirit of innovation and development of our early days has remained at the heart of our company.

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