‘Understanding what is happening in the hive’

Prevent the extinction of species

A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven towards extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of food supplies. “Pollinators are important contributors to world food production and nutritional security,” says Vera Lucia Imperatriz-Fonseca, Ph.D., Senior Professor at the University of São Paulo. “Their health is directly linked to our own well-being.”

“Without pollinators, many of us would no longer be able to enjoy coffee, chocolate and apples, among many other foods that are part of our daily lives,” says Simon Potts, Ph.D., Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, United Kingdom. More than three-quarters of the world’s food crops rely at least in part on pollination by insects and other animals.

How can we protect and monitor pollinators and their habitats?

ApisProtect uses in-hive sensors, retrofitted into existing beehives, to unobtrusively monitor honey bee colonies. The collected data is gathered using mobile networks, machine learning techniques are applied, which extract valuable information about the condition, activities, and productivity levels of the bees. Smart alerts, with actionable insights, are provided to the beekeeper about colony health, diseases, pests, and important hive events, allowing them to make effective beekeeping decisions.

With an inspiring event in the Knights’ Hall in The Hague on 24 April, we kicked off the joint development of shared purposes to take on global challenges. Do you think that the solution of ApisProtect can actively contribute to our shared purpose of preventing the extinction of pollinators, by protecting bees so that can continue to pollinate our crops?

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