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Bee colony monitoring system based on predicting bee conditions through acoustic monitoring of bees offered via commercial agency agreement

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ABSTRACT

A Czech SME focused on software development and its commercialization has developed a bee colony monitoring system based on predicting bee conditions via acoustic monitoring of bees. The product is currently available in Czech, English and German versions. The company is looking for entities with good links at bee keepers and bee keeper associations for closing commercial agency agreement.

 

FULL DESCRIPTION

The Czech SME active in software and app development, cloud solutions and ICT integration has developed a monitoring system based on predicting bee conditions through acoustic monitoring of bees. The development of the system was initiated by the sole owner of the SME who has many years of experience in beekeeping.

Efficient beekeeping requires monitoring the state of the bee colonies throughout the year and having control over the bee colonies at all times. Current systems based on monitoring the weight of the hive are able to identify changes in the hive, but not the reasons behind them. This system makes it possible to monitor and precisely determine the main problems bee colonies are experiencing using the sounds that are characteristic for individual states. Early prediction provides beekeepers with time and opportunity to respond immediately. Using wireless communications technology, current bee colony conditions can be monitored from a PC, tablet or a smart phone. The software is currently available in Czech, English and German versions.

The main components of the acoustic bee colony monitoring system are:

- A probe with a microphone and temperature sensor located in each hive; It is energy independent, equipped with a solar panel and antenna for wireless transmission of measured values to the centre;
- A centre, with a memory for storing data received from the probes and a GSM module for sending batches of data to the company´s internet server;
- An internet server, with sufficient capacity to store data sent to the centres from individual bee colonies and to run the SW of the needed application;
- A SW application analysing data and determining the condition of the bee colonies, and a mobile app for graphically presenting the evaluated results; in the event of abnormal findings, the system automatically generates a warning email or text message.

Commercial agency agreement with organizations or entities closely cooperating and communicating with bee keepers and their associations is perceived by the SME as the best way of delivering the system to commercial and smaller bee keepers.


Partner expertise sought:

- Specific area of activity of the partner: - Commercial agents with a close connection to commercial and smaller bee keepers and their associations are sought to ensure wide visibility and availability of the product within apiculture community in a particular country.
- Commercial agents collaborating with national publishers of bee keeper magazines through which the monitoring system might be promoted towards bee keepers.


Advantages & innovations:

-Keeping the bee colonies in good condition, which will be reflected in honey yields
-Reducing the amount of time it takes to care for bee colonies
-Data obtained from the system can be utilized in institutions, such as veterinary authorities, ministries of agriculture and agricultural chambers.


Development Stage:

Already on the market


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KEY INFORMATION

Country of origin
CZECHIA
Date created
01/03/2019
Date updated
20/03/2020
Deadline
15/09/2020

PARTNERSHIP(S) SOUGHT

Commercial agency agreement

CLASSIFICATIONS

INDUSTRY SECTORS
Electronics \ Information Processing & Systems
TECHNOLOGY KEYWORDS
ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMS / Information Processing & Systems, Workflow / Data Processing / Data Interchange, Middleware / ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMS / Information Processing & Systems, Workflow / Internet Technologies/Communication (Wireless, Bluetooth) / ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMS / Information Processing & Systems, Workflow / Environmental and Biometrics Sensors, Actuators / ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMS / Telecommunications, Networking / Mobile Communications / PROTECTING MAN AND ENVIRONMENT / Environment / Remote sensing technology
COMMERCIAL KEYWORDS
Computer programming activities / Other information technology and computer service activities
MARKET KEYWORDS
COMMUNICATIONS / Data Communications / Other data communications
A2020