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Smart Beehive earns UCC Students International Prize

Article from the Irish Examiner 1/12/2014

An energy-neutral, smart beehive that monitors the lives of honey bees has won UCC students an international competition.

Participants in the IEEE/IBM Smarter Planet Challenge were asked to develop a solution to a grand challenge facing their community and the UCC students beat contestants from around the world to the €5,000 prize.

Solar panels keep UCC’s hive energy-neutral and the project examines the activity of the colony, as well as the impact of carbon dioxide, oxygen, temperature, humidity, chemical pollutants, and dust on the bees.

It will also enable beekeepers to monitor their hives during night time, heavy rain, and winter.

A video explains the project, and highlights predictions from the EU and UN that, as honey bee colonies decline and pollination suffers, global food supplies and prices will be affected.