Dec 17, 2020
Monitoring of hives by beekeepers aided by ApisProtect

ApisProtect, a bee monitoring innovator, announced Dec. 10 the U.S. launch of its powerful commercial honeybee monitoring platform after extensive early successes.

According to a news release, revolutionizing in-hive sensing, ApisProtect gives beekeepers an easy way to monitor the condition of their colonies remotely in real time so they can improve colony health. Designed in conjunction with commercial beekeepers for commercial beekeepers, ApisProtect provides the most robust, unobtrusive and cost-effective solution on the market.

“Our science-based honey bee monitoring technology empowers beekeepers to manage their apiaries more efficiently, reduce labor and transport costs, and focus on cultivating larger and stronger colonies. Using ApisProtect, beekeepers can generate an additional $98 of value from each hive per year,” said Fiona Edwards Murphy Ph.D., CEO of ApisProtect.

In trials monitoring the condition of more than 20 million honeybees worldwide, ApisProtect drove a variety of operational improvements that created an opportunity to increase hive count and productivity. ApisProtect provides real-time hive monitoring powered by IoT and machine learning technology. Commercial beekeepers in the United States will now be able to drive operational improvements, including increased labor efficiencies of up to 50% and reduced transportation costs during pollination by up to 25%.

Beekeepers often rely on costly, time-consuming manual hive checks to understand their operation. However, ApisProtect research shows that 80% of manual hive inspections do not require any action on hives but disrupt the bees and risk the loss of a queen. With ApisProtect, commercial beekeepers can now safely identify and respond to disease, pests and other hive problems faster than ever before, thereby increasing colony size and preventing colony loss. ApisProtect lets beekeepers know immediately when specific hives need attention within their operation, as well as which hives are most productive.

With more than 15 million anonymized data sets fueling its machine learning system, ApisProtect gives commercial beekeepers access to the most comprehensive real-time bee monitoring network. Key features include:

–       Easy hardware installation in existing hives – less than one minute per hive

–       In-hive IoT sensors with long-range, cellular and satellite-powered communication

–       Real-time, continuous monitoring of hive conditions and activity levels

–       Comprehensive early warning system to prevent hive deterioration or loss

–       Immediate alerts delivering actionable insights when specific hives need attention

Pádraig Whelan Ph.D., chief science officer of ApisProtect, added,“We provide beekeepers with an instant condition report on each hive so they can identify strong hives to travel to the almond orchards. This ensures beekeepers can fulfill their pollination contracts, earn bonuses, and increase productivity for growers. ApisProtect works with the beekeepers to ensure they have the strongest hives to maximize revenue from the pollination season. Critically, we give beekeepers control of their information and data, enabling them to maximize the value to their operation.”

Due to limited availability of the ApisProtect monitoring platform for commercial operations, interested U.S. beekeepers should lock in orders immediately to ensure access for the 2021 pollination season. Final pricing will depend on a variety of factors, including the number of hives and location, and early adopters will be able to help tailor the technology to their specific needs for future seasons.

ApisProtect is now primed to support the critical bee migration to California in advance of the almond-growing season via its U.S. sales office. VP of Sales, Dennis Kautz, is now taking orders ahead of the pollination period.

Take a look at a recent install [EC1] or watch this video to learn more about ApisProtect and Edwards Murphy’s vision for a future full of healthy honeybees.

ApisProtect helps beekeepers protect the health of honey bees, improve hive productivity and reduce colony losses. Disrupting the global honeybee industry, ApisProtect provides robust hive monitoring technology built on a machine learning platform that uses IoT sensors to actively monitor hive conditions and bee activity to alert beekeepers of potential concerns.

Guided by Fiona Edwards Murphy and her award-winning research, the ApisProtect team uses its decades of beekeeping, data science and engineering experience to fuel continued innovation.

Backed by-international venture capital investors including Finistere Ventures and Atlantic Bridge Capital,was well as the Yield LabRadicle Growth,  and Enterprise Ireland. ApisProtect is headquartered in Cork, Ireland, with a growing team in the United States .

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