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Bees have an immediate and massive impact on Earth`s ecosystem, variety, nutrition quality and food amount by being such hard-working pollinators. The numbers prove their vital importance. over three-quarters of food production around the world depends on the actions of natural pollinators (mainly bees); but also, that pollinators are dying out at an alarming rate, around 30% per year.
In the past, nature was successfully managing pollination processes, but in the last decade or so, there is a dramatic decline of bee species. The facts that affect this are the intensive agricultural practices (insecticides, monocultures, landscape changes), CCD syndrome (colony collapse disaster – still inexplicable) and the climate changes all over the world.
In the search of countering sollutions for the bee decline, reversing the process, humankind Introduced IOT into the bees world, finding various ways of saving the bees through data and patterns analitics and AI, innovative technologies increasing the apiaries efficiency.
Applying existing and newly created web solutions to traditional beekeeping ways of functioning seem necessary at this point of beehive crisis. Bees definitely deserve fighting for them on all fronts.
Thehoneyhey project have main target implementing into the bee life the last tech tools dedicated to find best ways of modelating the traditional beekeeping work for the good of the bees:
- bees cycle monitoring methods: through innovative sensoristic technologies will be chase: temperature, noise, humidity, weight, feedbacks that are providing us real time information about health of the bee family, queen status and much more;
- introducing AI into beelife environment (reimagine the beekeeping practices);
- beehive management web solutions.
These tech tools will help beekeepers identify a wide variety of problems, earlier than they can using traditional inspections.
On the same area are the tech innovations that are combating the fake honey, different tracking/monitoring innovations where any consumer have access to a monitoring/chasing system of the honey from the field to his table.
Honey jar monitor and tracking
Monitor the temperature, jar opening and location.
Application server runs in a cloud (Google cloud, Amazon AWS). It will contain the user database, beacons database, customers and vendors etc.
Sensor and locations of beacons, being sensible information, that reflect the quality of the product, can be stored in a blockchain, avoiding any data alteration and losing.
User mobile application
When the customer receives the goods, with his mobile app can detect and identify only its owned jars via BLE, read the sensor logs and check that the transportation was done in good environment conditions, without critical events. After that, he can confirm the delivery and open quality tickets if it is the case.
Application can be used to make orders, and other system extended functions.
The main economic contribution of the honey bee is not the honey and other raw products obtained from their hives, but their ability to pollinate the most varied agricultural crops, including fruits of high quality and seeds for oils. Management practices used today in agricultural sector, such as monocultures and the intensive use of agrochemicals reduce the number of species of plants, birds, bees and other taxonomic groups, and increase, at the same time, the relative abundance (dominance) of one or a few cultivated species.
Biodiversity decline is the consequence of poorly managed human activity: intensive agriculture, destruction and fragmentation of flowering natural habitats, widespread use of pesticides, pollution caused by waste, the decline of practices based on indigenous and local knowledge, climate change, and the ever-increasing global population (intensive agricultural land-use is frequently cited as a significant contributor to pollinator decline).
Biodiversity loss results in honeybee and pollinator declines and vice versa. The two are essentially interlinked. A loss in pollination services has important negative ecological and economic impacts that significantly affect the maintenance of wild plant diversity, wider ecosystem stability, crop production, food security and human welfare.
Embracing science in areas such as biodiversity and pollination will contribute to better-informed policy choices that will protect ecosystem services that are important for both food security and poverty eradication.
There are scientific-production associations and beekeeping complexes around the worlds that already have implemented the new directions of modern beekeeping, with intensive technologies infusion, using of modern technical facilities available at this moment.
In the modern beekeeping ways, one important factor is the use of mobile apiaries, where bee families are organized on metallic structures that are mobile from a place to another, bringing value through:
- delivery the bee families to the harvesting places (avoiding extra efforts for the bees, to spend time and energy on flights from the field to his beehive);
- compact structure for the hives (not spread them on the field);
- easy to inspect the bee families;
- work with the bees can be done without the smoke (also facilitate the pastoral movements).