How can Technology Save Bees

Bees and other pollinators such as butterflies, moths, beetles, and flies are the primary reason plants are able to reproduce and create seeds. According to research, almost thirty-five percent of food crops and nearly all flowering plants depend on pollinators for reproduction.

How can Technology Save Bees

Our entire ecosystem, agriculture, and food systems, in general, depend on pollinators. Bees are one of the most significant pollinators, and their population is declining at an alarming rate. They contribute to a lot of things, in some way or the other, including the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. We have depended on pollinators for as long as humanity has existed. 

The drastic decline in the bee populations was reported by The World Bee Project that is now working in collaboration with Oracle to restore bee populations with the help of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and IoT. Their aim is to reverse this trend of receding populations, restore natural balance, and bring pollinator populations into the positive by leveraging the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and Big Data. 

By putting these technologies to work, Oracle and The World Bee Project aim to raise awareness about declining bee populations and help restore them. 

A lot of research has been conducted as to why so many of the pollinator species are being driven to extinction. One report suggests that the pollinators are under threat because their habitat is being destroyed.  Excessive use of pesticides, heavy urbanization, rising pollution levels, changing climate conditions, and unpredictable weather conditions have made things worse for the bees. 

Bees and other pollinators such as butterflies, moths, beetles, and flies are the primary reason plants are able to reproduce and create seeds. According to research, almost thirty-five percent of food crops and nearly all flowering plants depend on pollinators for reproduction.

While there are many obvious benefits of this, a major underlying benefit is the availability of oxygen. When trees and plants are pollinated, and their populations rise, the quality of air improves as plants absorb carbon Dioxide. Across the United States, many beehives are shipped to California to ensure the almond produce is pollinated properly.

The World Bee Project aims to create a global movement for the protection of pollinators such as honeybees, which help contribute about forty percent of the human nutrient supply. Technology and innovation in areas such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and IoT can help collect data and monitor beehives. 

Artificial Intelligence can be used to study and analyze patterns in the development of beehives and other swarms of pollinators. This data can help make predictions and create contingency plans for the protection of the species. 

One of the most important places where technology can be deployed is determining the overall health of hives. One of the best ways to understand the strength and health of hives is to listen to the buzz and analyze it. Artificial Intelligence systems can be taught about different sounds and what they mean. These systems can then analyze sounds very minutely and use every frequency and treble to come to a conclusion. 

Vision and sound sensors can be used to identify hornets that can be a menace to bee populations. IoT systems can be put in place to analyze predator movements and create alerts for beekeepers. The World Bee Project and Oracle plan to use this data for analysis and decision making. Once this data is uploaded into Oracle Cloud, AI systems would be used to generate insights that would help conservationists understand the problem better.