Thanks to the BBC News for featuring our story today highlighting how technology can reduce honey bee losses.
“Beekeeping is one of the oldest industries in existence, but it faces numerous threats. A number of tech firms hope to help the honey bee have a brighter future. “
This article highlights how companies like Best Bees in Boston and ApisProtect here in Ireland, are using technology to direct beekeepers to the hives that need their attention.
” One firm also at the forefront of the honey bee industry is Irish business ApisProtect, which makes wireless in-hive sensors that collect and transmit data to a website-based “dashboard“.
“We collect temperature, humidity, sound and acceleration [of the bees flying out of the hive] data,” says chief executive Fiona Edwards Murphy.
“What we do is extract those raw data points and then use machine learning to convert that into useful information. We tell the beekeeper, for example, which hives are growing and which hives are shrinking, or which hives are alive and which hives are dead.”