Juniper Systems’ Archer Field PC Used to Measure Largest Trees in the World

Hyampom, CA – July 2013 — Juniper Systems’ Archer Field PC® was recently used to measure some of the largest trees in the world. Juniper Systems rugged handhelds are used for a wide variety of applications due to their extreme ruggedness, high quality, and renowned reliability.

California Big Trees Coordinator, Michael Taylor, is a member of The Native Tree Society (NTS), a group of outdoor enthusiasts known as “Tree Hunters.” Members of this group search for and document trees of immense stature, old age, and unique characteristics. Recently, Taylor used the Archer Field PC®, along with Laser Technology Inc.’s MapSmart software and laser rangefinder to map tree footprints. To accomplish this, Taylor used the equipment to collect tree measurements and map thousands of points on each tree. He then created 3D surface point clouds of the tree trunks in Microsoft Excel to determine volume, and used these points to create a tree footprint.

“I realized other uses for the Archer/MapSmart survey package in tree measurement that could not be performed better with other equipment,” said Taylor. “One function the Archer/MapSmart appears to be particularly adept for is footprint mapping of trees, especially in remote, cluttered, forested environments. I have not found a better set of tools for the job.” Taylor’s complete notes on his tree footprint mapping experience with the Archer may be found on the Native Tree Society BBS.

“Juniper Systems rugged handhelds are designed to operate in a wide variety of extreme environments,” said Trevor Brown, Market Manager of Natural Resources at Juniper Systems. “When a customer attests to our handhelds’ quality and ruggedness, it’s always very fulfilling—a kind of pat on the back.”

About Juniper Systems
Based out of Logan, UT, Juniper Systems designs and manufactures rugged handheld computers and provides field data collection solutions for use in extreme environments. Since 1993, Juniper Systems has provided innovative mobile technology to natural resources, public works, geomatics, agriculture, industrial, and military markets. For more information on Juniper Systems products, please visit