Big Data, IoT Solutions and Artificial Intelligence in Beekeeping
Who we are?
We are an international team of IT specialists, engineers of electronics and business analysts. We are experienced in developing complex hardware and software solutions, designed for monitoring production processes in different areas. We developed controllers, cross-platform software, production accounting systems, we built analytical tools and constructed own algorithms to optimize production services.
None of us has previously been a beekeeper.
We were surprised by the fact that beekeeping industry remained beyond the latest IT achievements, despite the global challenges like bees extinction.
We started with simple RasberryPi applications for monitoring bee family activity. The general idea of our solution was formed in autumn 2015, and in six month our first prototype of novel beehive was ready. During those few years, beekeeping became our new hobby, and even our families, our children joined us. We believe that our hobby will grow to a new kind of business, based on synergy effect between novel IT products and services, innovations in energy-saving technologies, and harmonious development of our society.
We hope our inventions will bring a new breath to Beekeeping. We want to make beekeeping more simple and attractive for younger generation – kids with smart phones and high social networks activity. Professionals will find more suitable product – a lightweight foam beehive, equipped with electronic devices for monitoring bee family activity.
Also, we want to bring Big Data and Internet of Things solutions into beekeeping to make it more effective and productive, bring it onto next level.
Category ‘Land management practices’: the winner is Veitshöchheimer Hempmix (‘Veitshöchheimer Hanfmix’) by the Bavarian State Institute for Viticulture and Horticulture (LWG). LWG designed a wildflower mixture of 30 predominantly native wild and cultivated annual, biennial and perennial flowering plants that deliver diverse floral resources, as well as biomass that can be used for the production of biogas. This creates an agricultural cultivation system that combines productivity and biodiversity.
Category ‘Innovative and technological solutions’: the winner is IT Beekeeping by AmoHive. Amohive created a small 3D model of a hive that monitors hive activity (through an electronic scale, temperature sensors, GPS and a solar panel that powers the electronics) and sends information to a server. An algorithm processes the data and decides in which mode the hives should continue to work. The data can be followed in real time in an app and is already used in Poland, Ukraine and Canada.
Gilles Dryancour, Chairman of the CEMA Strategic Committee and member of the Bee Award Jury said: “The European Bee Award is now in its ninth edition, and we are always impressed by the creativity and innovation shown by applicants. The beehive was created over 4500 years ago, and then perfected in 1845. Tonight’s winners Amohive start a new beehive generation, a modern design including sensors measuring temperature and weight, very practical to evaluate the health of bees, and a very useful tool for educational purposes. We thank you for being builders of the future of beekeeping”.
July 2022. IT Apiary by AmoHive
We are very pleased to announce that we have established cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP in Europe and Central Asia – Istanbul Regional Hub). Our IT Apiary by AmoHive project will be implemented in the Kiev region in Ukraine. We would like to thank our local partner for their engagement and willingness to continue the initiative despite the ongoing war Base «Baltasi»!
Where did the idea for Smart Hives come from? Artificial intelligence helps us in many daily duties. It is an invisible element that intensifies, shapes and organizes our life. We decided to use this instrument in saving bees, and at the same time modernize the profession of beekeeper, and maybe even create a new profession – IT-beekeeper? Why not!
We will install an innovative IT Apiary built only from our AmoHive smart hives, which will generate their own database. The information obtained from it will allow scientists to broaden their knowledge in building the number of bees, in the fight against their diseases and other threats, or in the development of valuable food for our irreplaceable pollinators. Beekeepers will learn to react properly and quickly to changes in the hive, and they will find the necessary tips in the application on their mobile phone.
The IT Apiary by AmoHive project is possible thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and the Polish Aid through the Polish Challenge Fund modality implemented by UNDP.
This is our first commercial implementation of the product in Ukraine. The fact that we will implement them in a country nicknamed the granary of Europe is a huge challenge for us and a reason to be proud. Here, the bees have a lot of work to do on huge swathes of black soil. We hope that our project will become one of the elements of the reconstruction of the beekeeping and agricultural industry in this country. We are very pleased with the opportunity we have been given. Smart AmoHive hives provide a huge added value for the development of agriculture and the fight against bee diseases – it is worth investing in us! We thank all our local partners. Take care! Stay strong! The future is a free and flourishing Ukraine!
The content of this material does not necessarily reflect the official views of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland or the United Nations, including UNDP, or the UN member states.
During the 2022 beekeeping season, our team carried out research on the pollination efficiency of blueberries by honey bees.
Blueberry berry yield is extremely dependent on the pollination efficiency of blueberry flowers in spring. Blueberry is one of the most pollinator-dependent berry plants.
Blueberry yield increases even up to 60% when pollination techniques are properly applied. There are recommendations for the number of beehives per hectare (acre) that are needed to maximize pollination efficiency, the period of pollination, and the strength of the bee family needed for effective pollination.
Bumblebees are known to be the best pollinators for many blueberries, but they are usually insufficient for pollination. Honeybees are more common but less fond of blueberry flowers.
Our team has come up with and tested several know-how to attract bees or “program” bees to pollinate blueberry flowers, and to help bees pollinate blueberry flowers more intensely.
We are delighted to welcome our new partner: The World Bee Project!
The World Bee Project CIC is the world’s first private initiative that uses AI and advanced technologies to monitor pollinator decline and biodiversity from a global perspective and find long-term solutions that benefit both nature and people, not one at the expense of the other.
We have opened another new location in Poland, in the Mazury region. This is a northern region of Poland with a cooler and wetter climate, located close to the Baltic Sea. There are many lakes, forests, a variety of wild flowers and well-developed agriculture. Our new IT by AmoHive apiary location consists exclusively of our own warm and comfortable hives. In the forest, the quality of communication is always much worse than in industrial areas. We programmed and designed our hives in such a way that, despite the poor communication quality, data packets are transmitted without loss. This required a little more solar power, but there were enough sunny days and the electronics worked stably. A lot of data was collected and new patterns of bee behavior were obtained in moderately humid and mild climates.
“In 2021, the European Bee Award competition received 28 applications from 12 different European countries. Last night’s award ceremony gathered over 60 participants: bee-keepers, policy makers, land managers, academia and representatives of the agri-food sector exchanged best practices, while getting inspired by new ideas on how to protect bees and enhance biodiversity in Europe.” You can find the press releasehere
This time we were with a new small prototype AmoHive (3D model), which is used to teach children about Beekeeping and Information technology.
March 2021. Smart hive (AmoHive) knows everything about the Carpathian bee!
July 2019. The first linden honey was collected in 2019 from the apiary in Ontario. You can see that the weight began with a little more than 20 kg in May and now is more than 90 kg. Hive scales tested successfully!
June-July 2019. The three AmoHives were installed on the roof, the University de Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. We hope that the data obtaining from the hives will help in the research of bees. At the same time, bees bring delicious and sweet honey every day. Bees can live in the city. Our beehive is a good solution for Urban Beekeeping as well.
June 2019. Our hives are finding a new beekeepers!
A new model of AmoHive for the Polish market was made. The beehive was given to the experienced and well-known beekeeper of Silesian Region in Poland, Mr. Marian. The hive was testing for pollination of rapeseed/canola.
With the permission of Mr. Marian, the datas of pollination and functioning of this hive can be seen in AmoApp on the smartphone. The nickname is “Marian Siedlec”.
May 2019. We sent 3 of our AmoHives to the University of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. We hope that our hives will help research health of bees and the causes of their diseases more deeply.
We sent several of our AmoHives to experienced beekeepers, as well one of them to Ontario, Canada. We hope that the join efforts of scientists and experienced beekeepers will provide a design of methods and medicines that can be able to effectively counter of bees
“…Ukrainian beekeeper Prokopovych studied the biology of bee colonies and strove to improve existing methods of beekeeping. His main intention was to develop methods that allowed the least disturbance and damage to bees. ..These efforts resulted in 1814 in the invention of the world’s first frame hive, which allowed an easier honey harvest. Another invention was a wooden partition with apertures passable only by worker bees, now called a queen excluder. It made possible the harvest of pure honey from the frames. Prokopovych’s inventions represented a landmark in the history of beekeeping and marked the beginning of commercial beekeeping…..”
April 2019. Our hives are finding a new beekeepers.
This time our hive was leased by a breeding queen company. Let me introduce: Family Apiary “Lendel”, Mrs. Maria Lendel. The apiary are specializing in production good quality queens of the APIS MELLIFERA CARPATICA.
We have equipped the hive with additional sensors necessary for the successful control of the production of quality Queen bees. The Apiary have been designed in the traditional and history of beekeeping style.
Please, look at these stylish beehives!
We have given our Amohive to one of the best video bloggers in beekeeping, Mr. Adrey Baskevith. He have recorded film about our hive, which has ben collected more than 80,000 views for the 4 weeks!
As a result, we received a lot of contacts, an orders for delivery our AmoHives, as well, and many interesting suggestions and ideas!
Our beehives will go to the USA, Europe, Israel, Canada, and of course Ukraine and Poland!
February 2019. “Honey Drink” or old drink “Medovuha”.
Before new season, there is some time for making the old recipe of honey drink yet. This recipe was known since the 18th century and was eventually completely forgotten. We will try to restore it! p.s. 4 frames with honey in honeycombs (honey + propolis + pollen + perga) + 20 liters of fresh birch sap + temperature no more than 13 degrees + no oxygen access + do not open until late autumn! 🙂 Of course …. it would be nice to install sensors for transmitting information about the production process of preparing a drink to smartphone:)
February 2019. Your hives are using solar energy and friendly for nature! We need to support all that friendly for nature! We’re using ECO taxi service with hybrid cars only.
January 2019. Experienced beekeepers from Eastern Europe recommend giving sweets to bees in the middle of winter. It’s called”candy”. Last year we also gave “candies” and bees successfully wintered. What’s going on inside the hive after bees get food? This year, we gave “candy” to bee colony in Ukraine and the bee colony in Poland. You can see in the screenshots below what happened inside the hive after the “candy”. It was a New Year’s Eve for bees 🙂
AmoHive in Ukraine (apis mellifera carpatica):
AmoHive in Poland ( buckfast bees).
September 2018. «The need for alerts in autumn (software upgrade)». During several autumn days, we lost one family (AmoHive01 in Poland). Strong bees (Buckfast kind) from AmoHive 18, 19 and 15 took all the honey and destroyed a weaker family.
Online monitoring helped to save the rest of the bee families.
Details can be found in the pictures.