Artificial Intelligence

Can Robotic Hives Help Save The World's Bees?

There's no doubt that it can be disheartening to discover statistics like this: Approximately 30% of bee colonies are lost every year. As a result, scientists coined the phrase "colony collapse disorder" (CCD) to describe the ongoing trend of dwindling bee populations at an alarming rate. There are many potential culprits in why these changes are happening. Scientists believe that this is due to many human-made phenomena like habitat destruction or pesticides.

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In 2018, Beewise was founded by Niv Zmora, Adi Bronstein, and Roy Polishook. The Israel-based startup has created a robotic device to help with the upkeep of honeybees. The solar-powered beehives are designed to monitor bees and control temperature, ventilation and airflow. In addition, the bee hives' environmentally friendly construction provides access to its multiple frames for bee inspection. Beewise helps farmers by giving them the chance to rent a colony of bees for $400 per month. This price also includes the maintenance, delivery, and setup cost of just under $2,000. The technology benefits beekeepers and their bees, including improved yields and pollination of surrounding plants and trees — hopefully with a net benefit the existing bee population despite any perceived threats.

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"Our Beewise team is thrilled to be supported by an incredible roster of investors for our Series C who understand our dedication, tenacity, and passion towards succeeding in saving the bees and reversing the trend of the bee colony collapse," CEO Saar Safra said in a statement. "With thousands of orders placed in the U.S. in just the last year, and with this funding, Beewise will meet incredible demand while upping manufacturing to make enough of their product to service the enormous number of people who have purchased it."

Along with the new funding news, the company has recently unveiled a new version of its BeeHome System. The most notable differences from the previous version include an enclosure that is 32% smaller and 20% lighter, faster-harvesting capabilities, and an improved feeding/nurturing system.