Oracle technology may power some of the biggest marketing companies in the world but the business is now using its data analytical expertise to tackle the declining honey bee population.
In a new programme for The World Bee Project, Oracle is implementing cloud technology to better understand honey bees, and remotely collect data using a network of connected beehives.
The data will then be fed into Oracle’s Cloud, which will use analytics tools including artificial intelligence and data visualisation, to give researchers new insights into the relationships between honey bees and their environments.
The World Bee Project Hive Network will allow researchers to ’listen’ to the honey bees – analysing intricate acoustic data captured inside the smart hives, including the movement of bees’ wings and feet.
Combined with other precision measurements – including temperature, humidity and honey yield – researchers will be able to closely monitor bee colonies, detecting patterns and predicting behaviours.
This will enable conservationists and bee keepers to take action to protect colonies, such as preventing swarming at the wrong time of year or removing predators like the invasive Asian Hornet. The value of the data is in informing beekeepers of various different states of the colony throughout the year to aid colony management.
The World Bee Project founder and executive president Sabiha Rumani Malik said: "Our lives are intrinsically connected to the bees. By protecting bees and other pollinators we can help solve problems with global food supply and poverty and reduce further loss of biodiversity and damage of ecosystems.
"Our partnership with Oracle Cloud is an extraordinary marriage between nature and technology. It will engage the public into caring more and more for pollinators, it will enable advanced research and, crucially, action on a scale previously impossible to achieve. The more we understand the relationships between pollination, food and human wellbeing, the more we can do to protect bees and pollinators – and help protect our planet and ourselves."
The data and insights gained by using Oracle Cloud will be made available to research and conservation projects working to protect bees around the world. By sharing resources and fostering collaboration, The World Bee Project Hive Network initiative aims to multiply its impact and enable greater action to save bees.