Robotics and Agriculture: AI is Sweet on Bees

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Robotics and Agriculture: AI is Sweet on Bees

Honey bees are symbols of prosperity, sustainability and environmentalism. They also play an important role in agriculture. In 2019, eight species of bees were placed on the U.S. list of endangered species, and efforts since have focused on help staving off the extinction of species, improving biodiversity and having a positive impact on the environment.Robotics and Agriculture

Enter AI: Saar Safra, an Israeli entrepreneur who recently located back home after a prolonged sojourn in Seattle, has founded a small company with the big vision of saving the bees! Beewise, a startup based in Beit Ha’emek, has introduced what it calls the first automated and autonomous beehive, which it named the Beehome. The solar powered BeeHome is placed in a field, populated with bees. Robot within BeeHome takes care of your bees in real-time — sunshine or rain. The hive owner can access vital data and remotely manage hives as if he or she were working hands-on. Beehomes control all the elements within the hive. Owners never need to worry about it being too hot or too cold. Through efficient climate & humidity control, Beewise optimizes the climate so bees don’t have to.

Beehomes don’t let Varroa mites. A particularily pernicious pest thet feed and live on adult honey bees, proliferate. They constantly monitor mite levels within the hive and apply non-chemical treatment where needed, in real-time. The result is a significant reduction in infection, infestation and annual colony loss — while being chemical-free.
Beehomes use AI to identify when a colony could be preparing to swarm, and automatically prevents this event by adjusting conditions. Beekeepers can rest assured that the Beehome has their colonies stay put while they focus on other responsibilities.

Beehive -Robotics and Agriculture AI is Sweet on Bees

The system also detects frames that are ready to be harvested, and harvests the honey automatically within the Beehome. Once a container of honey reaches capacity (100 gallons), it alert the operator to come and empty it — making the process clean and efficient. Beehomes automatically and autonomously handle most issues associated with supporting apiaries. However, if problems arise that require attention, Beehome provides alerts in real-time so beekeepers can intervene.

Bee populations have been delining for decades, and the world is losing about 40 percent of colonies every year,

Saar Safra says. A Beehome which costs $15 a month and might host 2 million bees just might be the solution beekeepers have been looking for.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Beewise/Pixabay

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