The world’s first robotic beekeeper on a mission to repopulate and protect the global bee population

Israeli startup BeeWise is reimagining beekeeping through AI technology and automation, and significantly improving pollination and honey yield with its smart, networked hives.

Bees, although small, play a huge role in maintaining vegetation around the world. Without bees, the diversity and availability of fresh produce would decline significantly – they are responsible for about 80 percent of worldwide pollination, with a single bee colony pollinating up to 300 flowers each day. 70 of the top 100 human crops, which supply 90 percent of the world’s nutrition, are pollinated by bees.

Despite the importance of bees in maintaining global biodiversity, their populations are increasingly threatened by fattening dislocation
,CCD) – which has seen billions of worker bees, vital to the operation and survival of a colony, leave behind their hive and their queen. Modern challenges including pests, climate change and insecticides are contributing to CCD, causing significant stress on bee populations. Since 2006, 30+ percent of the bee population has been declining every year.

The technological advances surrounding beekeeping have long been overlooked; The industry has remained the same for the past 170 years, since the invention of the first man-made honeycomb. Enter the Commercial Beekeeper Elijah RadzinerWho – Together Serial Entrepreneur Essence Journey – co-founded
bewiseA startup whose robotic bee hive is promoting bee survival in the face of global warming and other modern stressors.

“The industrial revolution, the digital revolution and the AI ​​revolution have all been abandoned on beekeeping,” says CEO and co-founder Safra. “Beewise’s solution,
behome, is the first of its kind – an autonomous hive with an integrated robotic beekeeper. Combining experience in both beekeeping and technology, we have developed and brought to market a state-of-the-art solution with proven results. ,

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The BeeHome allows bees to be cared for in real time and allows beekeepers to manage their hive remotely while gaining significant access to data about their colonies. Each beehome contains 48 bee colonies – or one to two million bees. The AI ​​within the beehome continuously monitors activity within the hive and learns from the actions of the beekeepers – if a beekeeper applies a particular treatment, the AI ​​associates that action with specific conditions; Then, if similar conditions are detected by other equipment, the robot can recommend the same treatment. The AI ​​oversees and learns the entire portfolio of behomes, which operate in the cloud and apply their learnings across the portfolio.

Understanding what is happening within a colony is important for conserving bee populations.

“Once a colony has full visibility, taking action is the easy part of addressing climate change and modern stressors. For example, if the bees have no forage to reach and are in a state of starvation, Beewise’s robot can easily feed them. Or, if it’s too hot or cold outside, the robot can easily adjust the temperature of the hive to accommodate the bees. The data collected is a real asset, making beehomes allows to save bees on a large scale,” explains Safra. “97 percent of what a beekeeper does is done automatically and often automatically by the beehome. It’s like every bee has its own personal beekeeper, 24/7.”

Beewise says its beehomes reduce bee mortality by up to 80 percent, increase yields by at least 50 percent, and eliminate ~90 percent of manual labor compared to traditional beehives. Using 24/7 monitoring and smart technology, Beehomes automatically detects threats to a bee colony, such as the presence of pesticides or parasites; And the robotic system responds by addressing the threat in real time in the field.

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“Traditional hives do not protect bees from climate change and modern stressors, which harm the survival of the species,” Safra says. “Our goal is to replace all traditional hives with BeeWise’s robotic beehives—not only to prevent bee colony collapse but also to reverse the trend and allow populations to be restored to their natural order.”

Building a self-contained, solar-powered beehive was no easy task – unlike other types of livestock, bees cannot be kept along fences or wires and can leave their hives to forage several times a day . If the bees’ nests are not suited to their needs, they can easily take off and leave.

“As a result, building a device that has robotics, computer vision, solar panels, mobile and is safe is not enough; it also has to be comfortable for our main customer: the bee. Devices that accommodate a biological model The level of complexity of building just one is ten times more complex than building just robotics or IoT,” explains Safra. “These complex little creatures are sentient and require very specific conditions to feel ‘at home. . Our robotic hives have the lowest levels of swarming (when bees leave their homes due to uncomfortable conditions) of any hive.

the headquarters Galilee with outpost Oakland, Calif.BeWise recently secured $80 million in its latest Series C funding round, which Safra says is primarily focused on IP (to make R&D equipment even better), market expansion, improve its service, and will be invested in operational excellence. After bringing its behomes to the US, which now hosts 24,000 hives (with plans for over a million), the company aims to expand further. Europe And Australia,