The partnership between Oracle and the World Bee Project began as a trial with smart hives in late 2018. This project began in just three locations; Tel Aviv, London, and Reading. Due to the success of the launch with these locations, this partnership has expanded to over sixty locations. One half of these locations have a sole purpose of scientific research, the other to display the initiative. With the collaboration between the World Bee Project and Oracle, they aim to be the first to track pollinators globally. It started when individual beekeepers started to use sensors to keep track of the health of the beehives. It was this initiative that sparked the global idea to use this data to track the honey bee health system. Oracle provides a database to store this information in a way that is secure and scalable. You may be wondering how modern technology is being used to keep a system that has been running fine without us for over 130 million years. Well, let me explain. With the use of present-day microphones and sensors that precisely track temperature, humidity and weight, we can understand bees like never before. The data taken from the results of these sensors is sent to the autonomous database where it is then analyzed.
The World Bee Project have a global data platform which is a standardized database that is open source (this means any farmer, beekeeper or beehive can modify the data as it is publicly accessible.) The technologies being used such as IOT, artificial intelligence, data analytics and blockchain is allowing us to see the information collected in new ways. If you would like to test out the types of technologies that are being used to do this work, you can do so using this free trial.
The World Bee Project aims to be able to conserve the existing beehives with the help of Oracle technology. Since the 1950s, beehives have been decreasing in number drastically. The amount of hives declined from 330,000 to just over 100,000 at the turn of the century. The decline in the bee population is due to many reasons such as climate change, pesticides and the spread of diseases.