How ApisProtect used AI and IoT to guard beehives

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Don’t be an alarmist, but when bees die out, coffee is likely to become a rare and expensive luxury item. And I don’t want to live in this world.

Fortunately, ApisProtect announced its entry into the US market today, where it will bring its unique AI-powered beehive monitoring system to beekeepers and farmers.

If you’re not familiar, ApisProtect is a European startup that uses simple proprietary gadgets and a unique stack of AI and software to essentially give beekeepers a spy inside.

This means that zookeepers can stay one step ahead of health issues that might otherwise remain hidden. According to ApisProtect:

Beekeepers often rely on costly, time-consuming manual beehive audits to understand how they work. However, research by ApisProtect shows that 80% of manual beehive inspections do not require any action on beehives, but rather disturb the bees and risk losing a queen.

With ApisProtect, commercial beekeepers can now safely identify and respond to diseases, pests and other beehive problems faster than ever, increasing colony size and preventing colonies from losing. With ApisProtect, beekeepers know immediately when certain hives need attention in their business and which hives are most productive.

Take quickly: While certain projections can vary, it is safe to say that honeybees are at risk to the point where solutions like these should be viewed as environmental safety efforts. 2020 was a shitty year for beekeepers who had emerged from a shitty decade for bees.

AI is best suited for this. Bees can adapt to almost anything except murder hornets and people who invade their rooms, and it turns out that ApisProtect protects beehives against both.

Pádraig Whelan, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of ApisProtect, said in a press release:

ApisProtect technology could be a useful tool in detecting murder hornets as a potential new threat to beehives this pollination season.

Murder hornets can wipe out a beehive in a matter of hours. Our platform can determine the date a beehive dies and distinguish whether it happened gradually or suddenly. If a beehive is healthy one day and dead the next, the beekeeper is alerted instead of having to wait for the next scheduled manual inspection.

The beekeeper can then prioritize the visit to the beehive and identify the tell-tale signs of a hornet attack. Precise beekeeping ensures that the beekeeper can quickly take preventive measures to ensure the safety of his beehives and others in the area.

The fact is, whether it’s murder hornets, climate change or diseases that are causing the problem, we need to fix the problem. Bees are incredibly important to human future survival.

While the threat may have been blown out of proportion – we are unlikely to become extinct just because there are no more bees – the loss of our honey-making friends would be a real disaster.

According to the National Resources Defense Council:

If honey bees were to go away for good, humans probably wouldn’t go extinct (at least not just for that reason). But our diets would still suffer tremendously. The variety of foods available would decrease and the cost of certain products would increase.

The California Almond Board, for example, has been committed to saving bees for years. Without bees and their species, the group says, almonds “just don’t exist”.

We would still have coffee without bees, but it would be expensive and rare. The coffee flower is only open for pollination for three or four days. If an insect does not pass in this short window, the plant will not be pollinated.

More information can be found on the ApisProtect website here.

Published on December 10, 2020 – 20:28 UTC

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