The institute has established a Geomatics Lab covering Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) facilities in the Forest Research and Information Management (FRIM) Division of the institute.
The Geomatics Lab of the Institute is equipped with state-of-art computing facility and input/output devices to meet various remote sensing and GIS data processing requirements. The following RS & GIS software's has been equipped in the lab;
ERDAS Imagine ArcGIS Editor ArcView and Several other open source software's.
The lab has already taken up mapping and distribution of Casuarinas and Eucalyptus plantations in Tamilnadu and also involved in biomass estimation of the above species using GIS & RS technology.
The Geomatics lab of IFGTB would take up studies on Biodiversity characterization of vegetated areas, Vegetation change deduction and analysis, Assessment and monitoring of forest cover, Fragmentation and neighbourhood analysis, Monitoring forest health (Diseases and Insect attack), carbon pool assessment, Growing stock assessment, Coastal area/Mangrove vegetation mapping, inventory of Trees outside the Forests in the mandatory states of Tamilnadu, Kerala, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands including Western and Eastern Ghats. It will also take up Web enabled spatial information system/application related to research undertaken on different forest species of importance for the benefit of various stakeholders.
Local Area Network (LAN)
IFGTB has established Local Area Network with more than 120 nodes connected by structured cabling with Manageable switches in each floor and fiber optics connectivity to Herbarium building.
Established Wide area connectivity using BSNL ‘s 2 Mbps Leased line.
Established Videoconferencing facility at IFGTB.
Antivirus server installed and functioning effectively by updating periodically all the nodes.
SPSS Personal Oracle Redhat Linux Adobe web design suite Genstat
An Intranet server has been maintained for hosting In-house information related to Ongoing, Completed and External aided projects etc, Research assets of IFGTB etc. for the benefit of researchers at IFGTB. It is being updated periodically.
With the guidance of ICFRE, IFGTB is Involved in implementation of Indian Forest research Information system E-governance initiatives to implement Research, Extension, Personal information, Financial management systems etc. using VPN / MPLS connectivity.
Initiated Bioinformatics activities with Bioinformatics software and tools for analysis from open source software. Ongoing projects Bioinformatics approach to data mine wood forming genes of Eucalyptus. Development of Tree DNA Fingerprint database.