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For a sustainable future

With swarm intelligence towards the future of smart sustainable automation
Together with the PLCnext Community, we want to create a smart version of a beehive that will improve the lives of bees through intelligent automation and thus make a sustainable contribution to our environment. Bees are indispensable for our ecosystem: they pollinate around 80% of all wild and cultivated plants and thus ensure high-yield harvests as well as an immense variety of food. These are very good and weighty reasons to do something for these industrious insects.

Bee part of it

Beehive meets hype

The Beehyve is our vision of a smart beehive, designed to improve the lives of bees through intelligent automation and thus make a sustainable contribution to our environment. Wanna help shape this vision? Then become part of the worldwide PLCnext Community and contribute your concentrated know-how and ideas to the realization of The Beehyve. It all starts at the end of 2022!

You can participate in different ways: We need experts as well as people who simply enjoy bringing this sustainable project to the finish line. Whether technical specialists, programmers, data lovers, professionals from industry and science or interested bee lovers, everyone is more than welcome!

The beehyve

A groundbreaking crowd project by PLCnext Technology
Let’s create a smart version of a beehive
Let’s improve the lives of bees through sustainable automation
Let’s collaborate with all professionals from IT, OT, AI, Cloud or Data
Let’s start in late 2022 to be part of the community project

The challenges

Sustainable automation with a buzz
The Beehive-challenges
1 Bee Care
Bees are indispensable for our ecosystem: they pollinate around 80% of all wild and cultivated plants and thus ensure high-yield harvests as well as an immense variety of food. Therefore, we need to make sure they stay healthy. We need to protect them from pesticides that are used in agriculture. But also, from intruders (e.g. mice) and diseases like the deadly varroa mite. Any ideas?
2 Support the Beekeeper
The job of a beekeeper is very complex. The beekeeper needs to know his or her bees. They need to be able to tell when the bees need food or even when they are ill. Think of ways to simplify a beekeeper’s life. How can automation help to optimize manual processes and contribute to bee-friendly beekeeping? What if the beekeeper could monitor his bees with real-time-alerts?
3 Enhance the Beehive
Our vision is to make a beehive smarter. Think of all aspects of a hive. Where do you see room for improvement? We will be able to collect valuable data. Let’s make sure we use them in a smart way. How can we prepare the beehive for a future of digitalization?
4 Bee Environment
Bees love flower meadows. But exactly those are getting more and more difficult for them to find. Let’s think of smart techniques to save the bee’s environment, like flower meadow monitoring. Also think of how climate change is affecting bees and their environment.
5 Bee Creative
Surprise us. Surprise yourself. Think like you’ve never thought before. Think outside the box.

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