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IoT Technology may be key to solving honeybee crisis

Earth Day 2015

IoT solution enables agriculture innovation.

Albert Einstein proposed that “if the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live”. Essential for more than just sweetening our tea, bees pollinate food crops and allow us to eat a variety of fruits, nuts and vegetables. And they are in danger with colony loss averaging nearly 30 percent over the last eight years according to a report by the USDA.

However, groundbreaking new M2M technology from Eltopia and Gemalto is providing an Internet of Things (IoT) solution to protect hives against Varroa destructor mites, one of the leading threats to bee colonies across the world. As we’re all thinking of ways to help for Earth Day, this solution is a concrete way of using technology to help turn around a crucial agriculture problem.

IoT Technology may be key to solving honeybee crisisThe Mite Not solution from Eltopia uses cellular M2M technology by Gemalto and a compostable Smart Hive frame embedded with sensors that measure hive elements indicative of Varroa destructor mite breeding cycles. Gemalto’s M2M solution sends sensor data back and forth between the hive and a backend server and remotely controls the temperature in the hive. By raising the temperature by a few degrees at a critical phase in the mite breeding process, mite larvae are sterilized and reproduction is prevented. The elegant solution works without pesticides and it only requires one smart frame per hive for success.

Marla Spivak, Distinguished McKnight University Professor Apiculture/Social Insects at the University of Minnesota believes that:

“Eltopia’s ‘Mite Not’ project is the most innovative and holds the most promise to turn the bee crisis around than any other idea that has come along in a very long time – maybe ever.”

To read more about the Eltopia’s solution, download the Gemalto’s M2M Case Study.

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