BeeHero, an Israeli startup that uses sensors to collect big data from beehives, is increasing bee-related research across California, USA, with 14 new research stations.
The data from each station determines beehive health and predicts crop yields and the company is posting free daily updates on pollination progress to help beekeepers and almond growers.
Each research station consists of bee counters (to measure real flying times and the actual number of bee foraging trips), hive scales (to track nectar-foraging activity), weather sensors, cameras, and BeeHero’s patented inhive sensors. They will allow additional growers, beekeepers, agronomists, and ag retailers around the world access to BeeHero’s data.
The company provides beekeepers with sensors that measure sound, humidity, and temperature in the hive for AI analysis to detect potential problems.
Close to 100,000 acres of crops have already been pollinated with BeeHero’s platform. It serves growers, beekeepers, agronomists, and ag retailers across the US, and is expanding into Australia, Europe, South Africa, and South America.
Omer Davidi, CEO of BeeHero, said: “BeeHero’s mission is to deliver precision pollination for commercial crop growers, by leveraging big data analytics and machine learning to help them mitigate pollination risk.
“More and more farmers are adopting new technologies to meet the nutritional needs of our growing population. Our Precision-Pollination-as-a-Service Platform is a crucial tool farmers can rely on to improve their crop yields.
“We are happy to share our data and insights with the agricultural community, as we all share the same goal – to future proof global food supply for future generations, while caring for bee welfare and health.”