Israeli startup BeeHero has raised a $4 million seed round in order to help expand its operations in the US.
The seed round witnessed participation from several investors, including iAngels, UpWest, Rabo Food and Agri Innovation Fund, Plug and Play, and J-Ventures, as reported by TechCrunch.
“We collect temperature, humidity, sound, there’s an accelerometer. For pollination, we use pollen traps and computer vision to check the amount of pollen brought to the colony,” CEO and Founder Omer Davidi said.
“We combine this with microclimate stuff and other info, and the behaviours and patterns we see inside the hives correlate with other things. The stress level of the queen, for instance. We’ve tested this on thousands of hives; it’s almost like the bees are telling us, we have a queen problem,” Davidi added.
Afterwards, this information goes to an online dashboard where the assessment of trends takes place, dangerous conditions are identified early and plans are made for replacing or shifting less or more efficient hives.
As per the company’s claims, its readings are within a few percentage points of ground truth measurements.
However, it can be done even from home, saving a lot of time and cost.
Explaining his rationale behind the company’s focus on the US, Davidi said, “The adoption of precision agriculture is very high in this market, and I must say it’s a huge market. Eighty per cent of the world’s almonds are grown in California, so you have a small area where you can have a big impact.”
Founded by a group of entrepreneurs, data scientists, and veteran beekeepers, BeeHero is engaged in maximizing output through several cutting-edge technologies, including precision pollination, machine learning algorithms and low-cost sensors. The start-up also provides sensors in order to gather in-hive data and environmental information.