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Search is on to name forest-protecting robot dog

9 November 2021

The remote-controlled, dog-shaped robot, currently known as 'forest ranger', is trialling how footage gathered from areas which are usually inaccessible, can help monitor and assess the health and condition of forests.

Forest ranger is the first of its type in the UK, designed by experts from Birmingham City University as part of pioneering work which aims to introduce cutting-edge digital technology in the legendary Sherwood Forest area.

Nottinghamshire County Council, is leading the £10 million research  programme to create the world’s first 5G Connected Forest to test how 5G technology can boost  the tourism and environment protection sectors.

Funding worth around £5 million come from the DCMS’s Rural Connected Communities programme, matched by the consortium partners, formed by academic researchers and local businesses.

As COP26  shines a spotlight on how technology can help the environment, the robot dog aims to assist teams in search and rescue efforts as well as detecting potential hazards such as forest fires.

The winner of  dog-naming competition and their classmates will be invited to take part in forthcoming  trials to test and give their feedback on the new Robin Hood  interactive holographic experience - part of the wider Connected Forest  project - which aims to bring the legend to life using mixed reality headsets.

The winner will also get an adventure golf session for a family of four as well as a family meal deal, courtesy of Parkwood Leisure, which manages Rufford Abbey on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council.

Councillor Keith Girling, chairman of the county council’s Economic Development and Asset Management Committee, said:

“The search is on to find the best name for this amazing robot dog.

“We are proud to launch the competition during COP26 fortnight as we want to highlight how important it is to protect these ancient woodlands so they can be enjoyed by families and visitors for generations to come.

“We can’t wait to hear your 'pawsome' suggestions!  Get your entries in by Friday 10 December  with some great prizes on offer.” 

Enter the 'Name the robotic dog' competition.

The competition runs until Friday 10 December with the winners due to be announced in the new year.

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