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Sustainability

High-Tech Hives

How data helped create a global honeybee health system

By Alexa Weber Morales

Spring 2019

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Percentage of global food crops that depend at least somewhat on pollinators, such as bees
Source: The Food and Agriculture Organization

How can data create healthier bees—and better food? Oracle’s cloud innovation team helped the World Bee Project mastermind an international network of remotely monitored hives that connects sensors, microphones, and even a chatbot to provide a global honeybee health system. Next? “One area we’re looking at is the use of blockchain across the supply chain using the honey signature itself,” says Andy Clark, design innovation director for the Cloud Platform Innovation team. This ensures the product hasn’t been tampered with and is truly from a sustainable environment. More at worldbeeproject.org.

Photograph by Boris Smokrovic on Unsplash