Honey bees fly to a beehive on World Bee Day. Credit: Wolfgang KummGetty

Monitoring honey bee hives by hand is passé. The buzz these days is about high-tech sensors inside hives. They help commercial beekeepers keep colonies healthy and allow bees to keep doing their jobs as one of the world’s most important pollinators. ApisProtect, an Irish agtech company, recently closed a $1.8 million seed round of financing to expand internationally, and plans to open its first U.S. office in Salinas, California.

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ApisProtect provides real-time hive monitoring powered by satellite-enabled sensors retrofitted to existing beehives. The technology means beekeepers can more effectively manage colonies, and don’t have to rely on periodic, manual hive checks that can allow disease, pests and other issues to deteriorate hive health, says ApisProtect co-founder and CEO Fiona Edwards Murphy.

ApisProtect monitors installed in Cork, Ireland.Jonathan Fleury

“Periodic checks can miss the hives with problems,” said Murphy, Ph.D. “You can have two hives next to each other and one will be fine, while the other has severe problems. For operators with thousands of hives, manual spot checks can’t hope to catch all the issues.”

The expansion funding came from venture capital investors Finistere Ventures and Atlantic Bridge Capital, Radicle Growth, the Yield Lab and Enterprise Ireland. The new American office will be at the Western Growers Association’s WG Center for Innovation and Technology.

ApisProtect already monitors the health of more than 6 million honey bees in 144 hives across Europe and North America. The company plans to increase this number to more than 200 units (9 million bees) by the end of this year, by outfitting 20 apiaries (bee yards) across the U.S., Ireland, the U.K and South Africa.

The technology collects data on temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, sound and movement from a single sensor unit installed inside the hive.

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We collect data from beehives all over the world using a combination of different long-range networks to bring these data together on our servers,” Murphy said. “There, we use ‘Machine Learning’ technology to process and convert overwhelming amounts of raw data into actual information a beekeeper can use.”

The data is simplified with alerts like “these hives are sick” or “this hive has no queen,” rather than long graphs of information. “This allows beekeepers to use the beekeeping skills and knowledge they already possess in a much more effective manner … to maximize pollination and honey yield,” she said.

A honey bee collects nectar from an almond blossom in an almond orchard near Bakersfield in Wasco, California. Credit: Phil HawkinsBLOOMBERG NEWS

Bees are about more than delicious honey and fears of getting stung. They contribute about $174 billion (U.S.) worth of pollination to the agri-food industry a year, playing an essential role in global food production. A third of all the food we eat depends on pollinators like the honey bee. There are 91 million managed beehives worldwide. However, U.S. commercial beekeepers experienced declines of 38% of colonies in 2015-2016 due to a number of environmental and biological factors.

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California, where the new office will be located, is the home of commercial pollination, Murphy says. “It’s both where this industry was created, and where it remains most valuable globally, due to the scale of the almond industry, which is almost totally reliant on honey bee pollination.”

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Honey bees fly to a beehive on World Bee Day. Credit: Wolfgang Kumm Getty

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The information is streamlined with signals like “these hives are ill” or “this hive has no queen,” instead of long charts of info. “This permits beekeepers to utilize the beekeeping abilities and understanding they currently have in a far more efficient way … to optimize pollination and honey yield,” she stated.

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A honey bee gathers nectar from an almond bloom in an almond orchard near Bakersfield in Wasco, California. Credit: Phil Hawkins BLOOMBERG NEWS

Bees have to do with more than scrumptious honey and worries of getting stung. They contribute about $174 billion( U.S.) worth of pollination to the agri-food market a year, playing an necessary function in worldwide food production A 3rd of all the food we consume depends upon pollinators like the honey bee. There are 9 1 million handled beehives worldwide. Nevertheless, U.S. industrial beekeepers experienced decreases of 38% of nests in 2015-2016 due to a variety of ecological and biological aspects

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California, where the brand-new workplace will lie, is the house of industrial pollination, Murphy states. “It’s both where this market was developed, and where it stays most important internationally, due to the scale of the almond market, which is practically absolutely dependent on honey bee pollination.”

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Honey bees fly to a beehive on World Bee Day. Credit: Wolfgang Kumm Getty

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Tracking honey bee hives by hand is passé The buzz nowadays has to do with state-of-the-art sensing units inside hives. They assist industrial beekeepers keep nests healthy and enable bees to keep doing their tasks as one of the world’s crucial pollinators. ApisProtect, an Irish agtech business, just recently closed a $ 1.8 million seed round of funding to broaden worldwide, and prepares to open its very first U.S. workplace in Salinas, California.

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ApisProtect supplies real-time hive tracking powered by satellite-enabled sensing units retrofitted to existing beehives. The innovation indicates beekeepers can more successfully handle nests, and do not need to count on regular, manual hive checks that can enable illness, bugs and other problems to weaken hive health, states ApisProtect co-founder and CEO Fiona Edwards Murphy

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“P eriodic checks can miss out on the hives with issues,” stated Murphy, Ph.D. “You can have 2 hives beside each other and one will be great, while the other has serious issues. For operators with countless hives, manual check can’t want to capture all the problems.”

The growth financing originated from equity capital financiers Finistere Ventures and Atlantic Bridge Capital , Radicle Development , the Yield Laboratory and Business Ireland The brand-new American workplace will be at the Western Growers Association’s WG Center for Development and Innovation

ApisProtect currently keeps track of the health of more than 6 million honey bees in 144 hives throughout Europe and The United States And Canada. The business prepares to increase this number to more than 200 systems (9 million bees) by the end of this year, by outfitting 20 apiaries (bee backyards) throughout the U.S., Ireland, the U.K and South Africa.

The innovation gathers information on temperature level, humidity, co2, noise and motion from a single sensor system set up inside the hive.

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We gather information from beehives all over the world utilizing a mix of various long-range networks to bring these information together on our servers,” Murphy stated. “There, we utilize ‘Artificial intelligence’ innovation to procedure and transform frustrating quantities of raw information into real info a beekeeper can utilize.”

The information is streamlined with signals like “these hives are ill” or “this hive has no queen,” instead of long charts of info. “This permits beekeepers to utilize the beekeeping abilities and understanding they currently have in a far more efficient way … to optimize pollination and honey yield,” she stated.

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A honey bee gathers nectar from an almond bloom in an almond orchard near Bakersfield in Wasco, California. Credit: Phil Hawkins BLOOMBERG NEWS

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Bees have to do with more than scrumptious honey and worries of getting stung. They contribute about $ 174 billion (U.S.) worth of pollination to the agri-food market a year, playing an necessary function in worldwide food production A 3rd of all the food we consume depends upon pollinators like the honey bee. There are 9 1 million handled beehives worldwide. Nevertheless, U.S. industrial beekeepers experienced decreases of 38 % of nests in 2015 – 2016 due to a variety of ecological and biological aspects

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California, where the brand-new workplace will lie, is the house of industrial pollination, Murphy states. “It’s both where this market was developed, and where it stays most important internationally, due to the scale of the almond market, which is practically absolutely dependent on honey bee pollination.”

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