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This IoT company is tackling the climate crisis through connected beehives

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“Beewise uses AI and remote management to care for and stabilize colonies.”

Beewise’s signature product, the BeeHome, upgrades the traditional wooden box that beekeepers have used for decades in favor of a smart home of sorts. Interior cameras keep an eye on honeycomb growth and worker productivity. The boxes can regulate temperatures and release additional food to the colony as needed via an app.


An inside look at how robot beehives are saving bees

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"The BeeHome's simple, automated processes are how a computer can rescue bees in real time."

Beewise is an example of how low-cost computing hardware and software are enabling some really unusual applications, like autonomous beekeeping. If Beewise is able to get more of its BeeHomes in the hands of farmers around the world, it could save many more honeybees, and that's good for everyone.


The Best Inventions of 2023: A Mighty Hive - BeeHome 4

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“The company prefers to measure revenue in the number of bee lives saved: ‘Twelve for every dollar we make.’”

Beewise’s AI-powered BeeHome 4 is a hive that uses a new chemical-free heat treatment to fight off mites. The hives, available next year, boast robotic tech that monitors and optimizes conditions 24/7, reducing human beekeeping labor by roughly 90%.


With Labor And Climate Challenges, Farmers Turn To Robot Beehives, Tractors And Fruit Pickers

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"The dwindling bee population essential for pollination is becoming an even more fundamental crisis"

“We’re losing the bees on the planet, about 35% of the bee colonies every year," said Saar Safra, CEO and cofounder of Beewise, which has raised $120 million to build robotic hives that grow bees in a safe, climate-controlled environment. "Considering the fact that bees pollinate 75% of all the fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts on the planet, losing 35% a year puts us in a bind."


Beewise aims to staunch the loss of bee colonies with robotics-enabled BeeHome 4

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"BeeHome 4 helps beekeepers pollinate and produce honey all while protecting their bees."

The new BeeHome 4 is both smaller and lighter than previous iterations, fits on a conventional forklift, and fits into existing beekeeping workflows by accommodating standard bee hive frames. These new design features will increase hive mobility, enabling farmers to effortlessly care for millions of bees and ensure seasonal crop pollination. Each home can house around 10 colonies of bees. The whole point is to come up with a solution that works on a global scale, said Saar Safra, CEO and cofounder of Beewise.


This Arab-backed Israeli startup is helping save the world’s bees

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"We literally live on the stuff they pollinate."

... a quiet revolution is underway to save the world’s pollinators. It comes in the form of a nondescript tin box, the size of a small container, with bees buzzing around it. The box is the creation of Beewise Technologies ... using artificial intelligence, computer vision, sensors, and advanced robotics to save honeybees—which are dying in droves, thanks largely to human beings—and thus also save the world from starvation.


With robots and AI, a “five-star hotel” to help honeybees

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“Beewise is a testament to our human capacity to solve even the most intractable problems.”

When honeybees check into the Beewise “five-star hotel,” they don’t want to check out. A robotic arm attends to their every need. Hungry, sick or hot? Artificial intelligence software tells the robot to administer nutrients or antibiotics, to harvest honey or crank up the AC inside the high-tech hive. The intensive care routine is designed to maximize the bees’ chance of survival and success against incredible odds, so they can continue to pollinate billions of acres of crops each year despite an overheating planet.


Robotic Beehive Using AI To Save The Bees And Global Food Supply

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"For beekeepers...a solution that saves their business comes as a great relief, promising to reverse the alarming trend.”

BeeHome is Beewise’s newly designed beehive that includes precision robotics, computer vision and AI. It enables constant monitoring of the bees, using AI to observe their needs in real-time. Beewise does not alter what beekeepers traditionally do. Rather, it augments their work by upgrading the traditional, 150-year-old beehive.


Can robotic hives help save the world’s bees?

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"Here’s a bummer of a statistic for you: Around 30% of bee colonies disappear every year."

The question arises — as it often does — whether people can help revive bee populations. Founded in 2018, Beewise offers a robotic solution. The Israeli startup created a box designed to sit outside and serve as a kind of automated apiary. The solar-powered enclosure monitors its beehives, offering climate control and automated harvesting. It’s designed to monitor for issues, including intrusive pets, while adjusting conditions inside to prevent swarming behaviors among its tenants.


Bees find refuge from perilous world in robotic hive

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“There has been a drastic fall in bee numbers around the world.”

The buzz of the bees drowned out the hum of the robotic arm, which worked with an efficiency no human beekeeper could match. One after another the machine scanned stacks of honeycombs that together could house up to two million bees - inspecting them for disease, monitoring for pesticides and reporting in real time any hazards that threatened the colony. The next-generation hive was developed by Israeli startup Beewise, which says that this kind of around-the-clock care is what is needed to minimize the risk of colonies collapsing.


Tech firms use remote monitoring to help honey bees

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“Beekeeping is one of the oldest industries in existence, but it faces numerous threats.”

Israeli firm, Beewise, aims to reduce the need for human intervention even further. It has created the "Beehome", a large solar-powered box-shaped structure that can house 24 separate hives. Able to operate autonomously, or via an app on the beekeeper's phone or tablet, each Beehome comes with an array of cameras, sensors and robotic arms that together take over the actions that would otherwise need a human hand, such as pest control, swarm prevention, and harvesting the honey.


The Best Inventions of 2020: A Refuge for Bees - Beewise BeeHome

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"Not only do bees not die,” says Saar Safra, Beewise’s CEO. “They thrive.”

An astonishing 40% of bees die every year as a result of disease, pesticides and climate change—in part because busy commercial beekeepers miss warning signs. That’s where Beewise, an artificial-­intelligence-powered hive, comes in. Using precision robotics, computer vision and AI, a BeeHome ... monitors the insects 24/7.