Bee API is a connected beehive with associated services to remotely manage the apiaries life cycles in cities. Thanks to IoT technology, Bee API aims to foster the implementation and exploitation of beehives in smart territories. Indeed, urban beekeeping is on a dynamic trend (especially in big cities like London, Johannesburg, Hong-Kong,...) but it is not yet well integrated in cities life and the two “traditional” business models still operate: on one hand, apiaries managed by professional beekeepers who sell honey, on the other hand, passionate individuals or non-profit associations producing honey for their own consumption.
Bee API introduces a new urban business model for an ancestral and rural activity allowing a larger deployment of apiculture in urban areas: Any citizen, company, or city having
appropriate locations to do so, can rent and host beehives to locally produce honey. The hives are managed by experienced beekeepers, operating as services providers who can anticipate and plan their operations thanks to to the remote control of the Bee API hives : embedded sensors and actuators provide the capability to manage the status of a hive from web services and apps. The harvested honey is shared by the host and the beekeeper.
Then, Bee API leverages INTEL technology in order to:
- ease bees and cities inhabitants cohabitation
- optimize urban beekeepers logistics
- implement agile and ultra-short distribution channels
- publish open data sets about urban apiaries (namely for scientific analysis)
Finally, as they are in great danger at the countryside, Bee API contributes to preserve bees, keeping in mind the famous Einstein's statement: "If bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live".