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Tech Firms Use Remote Monitoring to Help Honey Bees

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Beekeepers at work.

A number of tech firms hope to help the honey bee have a brighter future.

Credit: Best Bees Company

Technology companies are monitoring honey bee colonies remotely to investigate hive die-offs, in efforts to improve their survival.

The U.S.-based beehive management firm Best Bees installs hives on commercial and residential properties while staff monitor and record their health using software, sharing this data with Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists.

Ireland's ApisProtect produces wireless in-hive sensors that collect and transmit data to an online dashboard, where machine learning software converts the data into useful information on hive health to determine when intervention by beekeepers may be necessary.

Israeli firm Beewise builds solar-powered hive farms, or Beehomes, that operate autonomously or via a mobile application, using cameras, sensors, and robotic arms to take action against pests or other threats.

From BBC News
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