Around the world, people and governments are banning pesticides and planting more pollinator-friendly flowers to naturally boost bee populations.
Now farmers and beekeepers also have a way to protect bee colonies that are essential for crop growth, using robotic hives that shield pollinators from harm.
The most commonly used traditional hive in the world today (the Langstroth box) was engineered by man about 150 years ago. Most people are so used to them that they mistakenly confuse them with the natural habitat of bees.
By completely redesigning the hive, a company called Beewise was able to address many of the box’s inefficiencies and dramatically improve bee well-being and longevity.
Their mission to save bees recently received an $80 million boost for their self-contained hive.
Using 24/7 monitoring and smart technology that dramatically increases pollination capacity and honey production, Beewise’s exclusive robotic hive, the Beehome, seamlessly detects threats to a colony of bees such as pesticides and the presence of parasites and immediately defends itself against them.
Its automatic robotic system responds to threats in real time and requires no human intervention. To reverse the trend of colony collapse, Beehomes are thermally regulated and can provide protection against fires, floods and Asian wasps (murder hornets). The hive even feeds the bees when the local food supply is unavailable.
In a statement, the company says, “Beehome reduces bee mortality by 80%, resulting in increased yields of at least 50%, while eliminating approximately 90% of manual labor compared to traditional hives.
Beewise currently manages over seven billion bees, which equates to 25,000 acres of pollinated crops. Thanks to the Beehome device, the Israeli startup claims to have saved more than 160 million bees in the past 12 months.
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“We are deploying precision robotics in tandem with the world’s most innovative technologies, including AI and computer vision, to save bees,” said Saar Safra, CEO of Beewise.
He says that with thousands of orders placed in the United States in the past few months alone, their new funding will allow Beewise to meet market demand through increased manufacturing.
Beewise also unveiled a new Beehome that is lighter, 32% smaller and 23% more economical to transport, which increases hive mobility, allowing farmers to effortlessly tend to millions of bees and ensure seasonal pollination. cultures.
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While the rest of the market treats Varroa mite threats with chemicals, Beewise’s revolutionary solution uses a chemical-free, heat-free and robotic approach to achieve a 99.7% success rate. The robot heats the frames to a point where it harms pests (Varroa) but does not harm bee brood. Watch the video below to see how it works.
Beehome’s automated feeding system “significantly increases the survival rate of bee colonies during winter when food sources are scarce – and monitoring is powered by solar panels and small batteries, all managed by an application.
Each Beehome can house 24 full-fledged colonies in an 8ft x 6ft box and costs $400 per month plus shipping. The enclosures are GPS protected, so the owner always knows where he is. There is also an automatic alert to the beekeeper if Beehome is moved.
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“Beewise impressed us as the only solution to address all of the complex issues contributing to the collapse,” said Daniel Aronovitz, principal at Insight Partners, one of the funders. “Not only did we fund a company with a fantastic business model; it also addresses one of the greatest challenges facing our planet. We at Insight couldn’t be more excited.
The company currently serves the North American market but hopes to eventually provide the same protection to commercial beekeepers around the world.
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