Hive monitoring company seeks crowd funding

Hivemind software engineer Andrew Calder (left) and project leader Stephen Irons  checking a hive.
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Hivemind software engineer Andrew Calder (left) and project leader Stephen Irons checking a hive.

Hivemind​ is seeking crowdfunding on the Indiegogo​ site for its WiFi beehive monitoring technology.

Endorsement by users of the monitoring systems suggest increases in honey yields by as much as 18 per cent.

The systems allow beekeepers to see from a mobile device their bees are performing as expected - pollinating and making honey.

The Hivemind device which sends information to beekeepers about the state of their hives.
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The Hivemind device which sends information to beekeepers about the state of their hives.

Brothers Berwyn, Ben and Bryan Hoyt set up the company in 2012 in Christchurch where they are based in the central city Epic Centre in the innovation precinct.

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Berwyn said the crowdfunding had attracted 44 investors which was 11 per cent on the way to achieving a $36,000 target with 22 days to go.

One of the founders of Christchurch-based Hivemind, Berwyn Hoyt.
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One of the founders of Christchurch-based Hivemind, Berwyn Hoyt.

The money will go towards a campaign to develop and commercialise an affordable and accessible WiFi version of Hivemind's flagship satellite-based Hive Strength Monitor.

The WiFi version would cost about a $150 flat fee or approximately 20 per cent of the satellite version.

The Hivemind Scales and Hive Strength Monitor are the company's flagship products launched in 2014 which range in price from $175 a month to $850 flat fee depending on the level of monitoring required, ranging from hive weight, temperature, rainfall, and hive health. 

It has sold nearly 300 monitoring systems to commercial beekeepers and pollinators, often in remote locations across New Zealand, Australia, and more recently, the United States. 

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The technology achieved finalist recognition for innovation in the 2016 NZ Hi Tech Awards and the 2016 NZ Innovation Awards. 

The system comes with sensors and remote monitoring software that measures bee activity and hive conditions, alerting beekeepers to changes in humidity, temperature, and bee numbers.

"We can also help beekeepers pick up any early signs of trouble and prevent or minimise loss of bees and potential spread of disease," Berwyn said.

"Sudden changes in activity or temperature could mean bees are swarming, or dying from disease or hunger, or the hives are being robbed by wasps.

The launch of Hivemind's satellite model for commercial bee pollinators and manuka honey producers was partly funded by Callaghan Innovation.

 

 - Stuff

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