Called the 'Fitbit for Bees,' Hivemind was developed in New Zealand as a way to keep better track of the bee population

Hivemind, a beekeeping innovation company in New Zealand, has developed technology that allows beekeepers to keep track of hives remotely. As beekeepers and scientists around the world study what we can do to keep bee populations—an essential and threatened part of our ecosystem—alive and pollinating, analyzing data from beehives around the world to see which ones have good upkeep and which ones do not can provide valuable insights.

Hivemind’s Hive Strength Monitor gives beekeepers constant updates on hives in various locations through Wi-Fi-enabled satellites. Wireless sensors placed beneath the beehives monitor everything from hive temperature to the number of bees going in and out of a hive. This information is sent to the keeper’s Hivemind account via satellite. The HSM isn’t only extended to beekeepers but to anyone who wants to track the wellbeing of these important insects.

This new technology makes bee research more immediate and more cost-effective. As opposed to paying for beekeepers to keep track of these hives physically, information is sent right to their smartphones, where they can assess the information instantly and come up with the best solutions. Hivemind is using Indiegogo to fund the project and hopes to make it publicly available by the end of 2017.

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Hivemind, a beekeeping innovation company in New Zealand, has developed technology that allows beekeepers to keep track of hives remotely. As beekeepers and scientists around the world study what we can do to keep bee populations—an essential and threatened part of our ecosystem—alive and pollinating, analyzing data from beehives around the world to see which ones have good upkeep and which ones do not can provide valuable insights.

Hivemind’s Hive Strength Monitor gives beekeepers constant updates on hives in various locations through Wi-Fi-enabled satellites. Wireless sensors placed beneath the beehives monitor everything from hive temperature to the number of bees going in and out of a hive. This information is sent to the keeper’s Hivemind account via satellite. The HSM isn’t only extended to beekeepers but to anyone who wants to track the wellbeing of these important insects.