COMO, Italy

3Bee: Hive-Tech for bee research

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3Bee is the first Italian project born from the idea of ​​three researchers for the Protection of the hives and environmental protection. More Specifically, the project 3Bee Concerns the construction of an electronic device for monitoring the Hives of Apis mellifera. The device will monitor the bees’ needs by checking temperature, humidity, smell of such Hives. 3Bee’s revolutionary goal is to find new treatments to counter-act the massive bee die-off.
 
The Problem
 
Biodiversity warning!!!
 
Bees not only contribute daily to preserve and propagate many plants, but supply us with valuable products such as honey, propolis, wax and pollen.
 
Deaths of bees
 
In recent years the integrity of bee colonies has been increasingly threatened by many factors, both natural and human. In many European bee mortality has exceeded 50%!
 

Pesticides: are really so dangerous?
 
Of course! All chemical substances released into the environment may come into contact with bees. Bottinando nectar and pollen, bees can carry and accumulate many of these substances inside their hives causing the sudden collapse of the entire hive (Colony Collapse Disorder).
 
Chemical treatments to stem parasites and bacteria
 
Before the arrival in Italy of the mite Varroa Destructor (1981), in beekeeping were very few cases where it was necessary to use chemical trattramenti. Now in the market there are chemicals to combat varroamite disease now essential for the survival of the hive. In addition to these products, there are also those antibiotics used to cope with bacterial infections. Although many of these compounds are strictly prohibited in the European Union due to the vast amount of chemical residues found in the wax and honey, in many non-EU countries are allowed!
 
Commercial honey imported, certificated and polluted
 
Have you ever stopped to read the labels of honey you buy at the supermarket? If there is ever, try this. It will amaze you read the honey that we put on our tables comes from foreign countries where regulation is lax. What results is a poor quality honey whose origin can neither be traced nor guaranteed Not all honey is good! Be careful!
 
THE SOLUTION: The project 3Bee
 

Device & Sensors
 

E-HAND
 
It includes 2 types of sensors: the first for the detection of the temperature and moisture internal to the hive and the second for the measurement of the increase in weight of the beehive (balance). With the first sensor you can get an overview on the state of health of the hive. With the second it will go, instead, to monitor productivity, necessity and serious accidents in the hive.
 
E-NOSE
 
It consists of sensors for the detection of air quality, oxygen, dioxide carbon. In analogy to what is done for other types of animal farms are the first alarm instrument in the case of diseases and virus diseases.
 
E-EAR
 
The device are connected some microphones optimized for the acquisition of EM ission sound of beehive sounds. The device allows you to capture the intensity and the sound spectrum of the vibration of the bees, ranging from 50 Hz to 600 Hz. The sound language of the bees will be able to predict the swarming of bees well in advance as well as listen to the birth of new queens.
 
E-EYE
 
The device is equipped with sensors capable of analyzing the intensity and spectrum of ambient light. Thanks to this sensor will be able to evaluate the influence of the light spectrum foraging activity of bees.
 
The Team
 

Niccolo Calandri is an electrical engineer, a doctoral student at the Politecnico di Milano. Niccolo says “I realized in collaboration with MIT and NASA cryogenic optical systems for satellite applications. With this knowledge I am developing for 3Bee an ultra innovative system for the protection of bees.”
 
Riccardo Balzaretti is a biologist, beekeeper and PhD student of the University ‘Insubria. Riccardo says “For some years I am passionate about the fascinating world of beekeeping. I deal, for 3Bee, the development of predictive algortmi in order to improve the health of the hive.”
 
Eliah Nipoti, food technologist and gourments. He is passionate about the analysis of the dynamics of the food industry. He manages the quality ‘of service and of 3Bee processes.
 
Eliah Nipoti has started a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of raising € 15,000 in order to bring 3Bee to live!
 
Rewards
 

  • Adopt a Hive-Tech: You will adopt one of the Future Hi-Tech Beehive installed all over Italy and Europe. Discount of 20% of the next year honey!
  • Save a Bee: Thank you publicly on their Facebook page 3Bee!
  • Bee Sweet: a 375g jars of sweet Italian honey
  • Bee a Bee: Visit the apiary and tasting their honey
  • Honey-Puzzle Box: A sweet puzzle and honey gadget.

 

Thank you so much for any help you’re able to give. And please forward this campaign to anyone you think may be interested and willing to help.
 
Have a look at the Indiegogo link for more information:
 
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3bee-hive-tech-for-bee-research#/
 


funding goal

Project Rewards
€ 50 EUR
Adopt a Hive-Tech
You will adopt one of the Future Hi-Tech Beehive installed all over Italy (choose a location from Toscany to Sicily). You can monitor the hive daily from you PC / Smartphone. At the end of the 2017 season beekeeping is possible to buy a part or all of the honey produced with the 20% OF DISCOUNT.
€ 10 EUR + Shipping
The sweetness comes first ...
A 375g jar of sweet Italian honey to choose from chestnut, acacia and alfalfa. The jar does not throw it, let us grow as aromatic plants-saving bees (choose between thyme, basil, oregano and coriander)! Just fill it with earth, ensconce the practice to seed disk and water!
€ 25 EUR + Shipping
Honey Puzzle-Box costumizzata
Two small jars of honey chestnut and acacia ORGANIC packaged in a special Puzzle-Box: you can laser engrave a dedication of your choice (35 characters max). The perfect gift for a sweet Christmas!
€ 30 EUR + Shipping
Triple dose of sweetness!
3 jars of 375g of sweet Italian chestnut honey, acacia and alfalfa. The jar does not throw it, let us grow as aromatic plants-saving bees (choose between thyme, basil, oregano and coriander)! Just fill it with earth, ensconce the practice to seed disk and water!
€ 30 EUR + Shipping
Bee Sweet
Thanks from 3Bee team and 3x375gr of supreme Italian honey. The best-in-class honey with 3 different flavor: Acacia, Chestnut, and Alfalfa.
€ 35 EUR + Shipping
Bee TrackR
To thank the donation we will send you a tracker bluetooth. Tired of having to search for the keys for hours? Use our tracker to find them in a second. You stole him your money or your bike? Use our tracker to locate it.
€ 55 EUR + Shipping
Bee & Honey TrackR PuzzleBox
TrackR + Honey Puzzle-Box with inscription of your choice!
€ 150 EUR
Visit the apiary and tasting
Visit the first Hi-Tech experimental apiary for 2 PEOPLE. After a brief introductory lesson will you cast, protected by protective suits, on our hives Hi-Tech. It will become beekeepers for an afternoon and you can interact with bees and and technology. At the end of visit you will be offered a tasting of Italian honey.
€ 500 EUR
Bee sponsors!
Sponsoring the research project 3Bee, you will contribute to the realization of the first apiary Hi-Tech in Italy. Your logo will be: i) exposed on our web portal with the description of your business; ii) laser engraved on two beehives Hi-Tech Sponsored by you; iii) reported on the honey that they generate labels.
€ 5,000 EUR
Bee a hero!
Sponsoring the research project 3Bee, you will contribute to the realization of the first apiary Hi-Tech in Italy. Your logo will be: i) exposed on our web portal with the description of your business; ii) laser engraved on the 10 hives Hi-Tech Sponsored by you; iii) reported on the honey that they generate labels. But that's not all! You will receive from the Hi-Tech hives half of their production of honey in the first year!

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