Launch of EU Funded R&D Project to Improve Bee Health

As bee colony losses continue to worry beekeepers, environmental groups, policy-makers and citizens, a new research project has been launched which aims to tackle this problem through technology and information. The project, which is called the Internet of Bees (IoBee), is a European Commission funded initiative that brings together a consortium of partners from different countries in the EU.

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IoBee will develop the application of new hive sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT) to help beekeepers remotely monitor their hives with user-friendly and on-time insights. The project also aims to establish the first European Network for Integrated Beehive Health Management. This Network will allow beekeepers, researchers and legislators to take necessary and timely actions to protect bees and improve the environment’s quality.

IoBee will develop new optical sensors and monitoring tools that will help to determine bee health and overall colony status. This will not only save costs and time for the beekeeping workforce but it will also reduce the stress factors for bees that come with manual inspections.

The IoBee project’s ambition is to develop new monitoring techniques that will become a valuable tool to all stakeholders in the beekeeping sector.  The project has a diverse and inter-disciplinary consortium with technology, science and beekeeping expertise. Arnia is delighted to be a partner in this exciting project along with Irideon, Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Avia-GIS and BeeLife European Beekeeping Coordination

Following the public launch of the project, a testing phase will begin this summer at apiaries in various locations around Europe. The ultimate goal of IoBee is to provide beekeepers, private and public organisations with the means to plan optimal intervention strategies to save beehives as a result of non-invasive colony inspection monitoring and real-time information availability.

As the efforts in the EU to protect bees and other pollinators continue to grow, IoBee comes at a time when urgent action to protect the bees’ population is needed. With 84% of plant species and 76% of food production depending on pollination, saving bees and their pollination service has become a priority in Europe.

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