Saving the bees
Beekeeping is one of the oldest industries in existence, but it faces numerous threats including climate change. As most of us know, bees are crucial to the survival of our own species - of the 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world's population, 70 are pollinated by bees. The good news is bee conservation efforts are in full swing globally, with tech firms innovating to help save the bees.
Irish company ApisProtect makes wireless in-hive sensors that collect and transmit data to a website-based dashboard. They collect temperature, humidity, sound and acceleration data and then use machine learning to convert that into useful information. For example, they can tell the beekeeper which hives are growing and which hives are shrinking, reducing the level of manual checks required.
Israeli firm, Beewise, also aims to reduce the need for human intervention. It has created the 'Beehome,' a large solar-powered box-shaped structure that can house 24 separate hives. It operates autonomously or via an app on the beekeeper's phone, and comes with a host of cameras, sensors and robotic arms that take over the actions that would usually need a human hand, such as pest control, swarm prevention, and harvesting the honey.