|Irish AgriTech company wants to use the Internet of Things to reduce the loss of Honey bees / Photo by: Max Pixel|
The Internet of Things (IoT) brings with it many uses and applications. In the case of Irish Agtech company ApisProtect, the order of business for IoT is the protection of honey bees worldwide.
It seems like too small a goal to be having, but even then, Irish Tech News reports that ApisProtect wants to use IOT to “monitor honey bee colonies” in order to tell the world that the protection of honey bees is important. And important it is because honey bees help the pollination process and give us our tasty produce, vegetables, and fruits.
In fact, one-third of the food humans eat is made with the active participation of bees. In Ireland, the situation is bleaker, seeing as how despite the fact that Ireland has 98 different species of bees, they are still threatened with extinction.
Already, data indicates that about 50% of honey bees die each year due to a mixture of causes, such as diseases and pests, problems that are being faced by beekeepers around the globe.
In a more specific count from Earth Day 2019 data, it is estimated that bee species dies out at an alarming rate of 1,000 to 10,000 times the normal rate. Along with them, various insect species are dying out too, as insect populations have gone down 45% worldwide. Because of that, birds species are also down at 40%.
To aid in the rehabilitation of bees and stop them from going extinct, ApisProtect’s mission is to monitor the health of 10 million honey bees scattered across “100,000 acres in Europe, North America, and South Africa.”
With the help of IOT, ApisProtect’s desire is to take action now while they still can.
“We want to secure the supply of one-third of our diet, and make sure we can nourish and feed the 9.7 billion people on planet earth by 2050,” they added.