Engineering and precision farming


 AgriSound are on a mission to create the world’s largest database on insect biodiversity that can support strategies to enhance or reduce insect levels, map impact of agrochemicals and support national governments with data-led policymaking. Our team of scientists and engineers are developing new ways of better monitoring pollinator health. Using a unique mix of sound, environmental, vision and emerging sensors to record insect activity and transmit to the internet for analysis.  In the long term, we see ourselves as a pollinator brand, also working with wild bees, and not just a brand for beekeepers. If you can improve pollination and improve yields and have less need for herbicides and pesticides, you can actually go a long way towards alleviating poverty and hunger. The company has a core offering of hardware (sensor platforms and internet gateway) and software (user interface and cloud-based predictive algorithms) for remote beehive and wild pollinator monitoring.  By using technology, we can understand subtle changes affecting pollination and suggest appropriate actions to maintain an optimal pollination environment. This precision management approach utilises ‘smart hive’ technology to sense and analyse humidity, temperature, and hive weight, then sends the data by 3/4G to the keeper. Remote sensor systems can be valuable to both hobbyists who may have taken up beekeeping during lockdown and professional apiarists working with pollinator bees in potentially isolated locations. For people using bees for pollination, early detection of changes can lead to quicker treatment. And quicker treatment leads to healthier pollinator numbers. And if you think that without pollinators, bees, butterflies, moths, and other bugs, we’d lose more than 70 per cent of all food crops, you can see why their welfare is so important. AgriSound is already supplying equipment to buyers as far afield as the US, Australia, Saint Lucia, and mainland Europe. The company also has its sights set on developing new technology systems aiding sustainable agricultural practice.