Over 100 million honey bees around the world have been monitored by Irish Agtech Start–Up ApisProtect to date.
With a new hobbyist product now available on the Irish market, ApisProtect aims to make Irish beekeepers the most technological advanced beekeepers in the world.
Cork, Ireland (May 20, 2021) – To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN-designated 20 May as World Bee Day. In Cork, an Irish Agtech company ApisProtect is working on revolutionizing beekeeping by working with beekeepers around the world to develop innovative technology to remotely monitor honey bees.
Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy, CEO and Co-Founder of ApisProtect, highlighted the importance of using IoT (Internet of Things) to monitor honey bees, “For the past 3 years, we have worked side by side with commercial and hobbyist beekeepers in the U.S. and Ireland to develop our remote beehive monitoring system, collating over 15 million data sets. As we have seen with smart technology in all elements of our lives, the potential of collating data for improved decision making is transformative. By utilizing sensor technology within the beehive, we can provide the beekeeper with data to improve decision making and increase the strength and health of their honey bee colonies.”
The latest European Wide Coloss report highlighted that winter honey bee losses of up to 32% were experienced in Europe. Winter losses can be reduced by ensuring the hive is healthy throughout the year by catching pests and diseases earlier. ApisProtect monitors can remotely monitor hives 24/7 and alert beekeepers to the hives that need their attention the most, thus ensuring colonies are strong and healthy before overwintering.
The hobbyist version of this Irish designed and manufactured technology is now available exclusively in Ireland for Irish beekeepers prior to a European wide launch later next year. Irish beekeepers have worked with ApisProtect to develop this award-winning technology and helped to ensure that this product is robust enough to survive the tough conditions inside the hive.
Kyle Petrie of OpenHive in Dublin is keen to get started with this technology in their beekeeping operation “We are really excited to be working with ApisProtect this year. This sort of technology is really interesting for us and we’re very much looking forward to getting it in our hands and in turn, into our hives! ”
Not only is this technology helping beekeepers to build strong colonies for honey production, it is also vital for pollination of many food crops. The production of 80% of the 264 crop species cultivated in the EU depends directly on insect pollinators, and the global annual monetary value of pollination is estimated to be €153 billion.
Dr Pádraig Whelan, CSO and Co-Founder added “Our technology has the potential to save and even expand the professional beekeeping industry in Europe which makes a significant and vital contribution to crop pollination. European honey bees have provided approximately half of the recorded crop visits in European studies. In a survey of farmers from 10 European countries, 49% indicated that they experienced yield deficits due to inadequate pollination.”
Dr Edwards Murphy adds, “The pollination service provided by honey bees overall has a far greater economic and social significance than the sale of apicultural products alone. With the help of our technology, we want to secure the supply of one-third of our diet, and make sure we can nourish and feed the 9.7 billion people on planet earth by 2050”.
ApisProtect brings groundbreaking technology to commercial beekeeping. Using a combination of IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) technologies we remotely extract and interpret data from hives. We convert this data into meaningful insight about operations, enabling beekeepers to deploy their labour and resources to maximum effect, creating an extra $100 of value per hive annually. ApisProtect is providing the most accurate, reliable, and beekeeper-friendly technology in this market.
Headquartered in Ireland, capitalising on innovative and award-winning academic research, ApisProtect uses cutting-edge science, engineering, and advanced business processes to bring honey bee-saving technology to every corner of the globe. The global bee population, which is vital for the environment, human health, and global food security, is declining and under continued threats, including climate change, biocide use, pathogens and suboptimal management practices. ApisProtect’s disruptive innovations help combat these threats. Led by a female CEO, it takes pride in its ten employees, having equality and green policies at its core.
The company was founded in 2017 to design and create ground-breaking hive-management technology in Europe. The company has built an innovative system involving sensors, global communications, and artificial intelligence to proactively improve beekeeping outcomes while increasing productivity and reducing beekeeping costs.