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Learning precision beekeeping

Learning precision beekeeping

On July 11 at the Chamber of Agriculture of Pau (France), about twenty beekeepers met with the intention of learning details about precision beekeeping. Report of an evening rich in exchanges.

First, the brood

The introduction started by deepening the understanding of brood development. Above all it is the measurements and the analysis of the internal temperature of the hives that make it possible to evaluate the “strength” of a colony. Practical cases were presented, raising many questions from the audience.

Resource tracking

Precision beekeeping also requires accurate monitoring of resources, computed on an hourly, daily and seasonal basis. Honeydew was studied naturally, but also consumption according to the period considered. Swarming is also detectable by accurately measuring the weight of a hive. Combined with the internal temperature, we could understand a queen replacement following a swarming. We have shown and discussed how to identify each of these situations during this part.

Use the weather

Any colony depends heavily on its environment. Consequently we analyzed typical use cases with to different climatic conditions: periods of frost, heatwave, rain … This first meeting was an initiation that we will deepen later with the introduction of alerts to inform users of notable events on their apiary.

Testimony of a precision beekeeper

Jean-Claude PUECH, a beekeeper using Mellisphera for more than a year, joined the speakers to share his experience. Always busy with his work family, he showed how valuable can be to access data remotely and in real time. This feature makes sense because his three apiaries are several dozen kilometers from home. He showed how he anticipates his visits to his various apiaries, prepares his inspections, and targets hives to inspect.

Train and inform

This was our first public lecture. Precision apiculture is learned and we feel engaged in this mission of pedagogy. Training is necessary for any beekeeper wishing to apprehend this innovative vision of beekeeping management. Watch for future appointments!

Acknowledgements

We are grateful to the Pau Chamber of Agriculture for allowing us to organize this event under ideal conditions. We also thank each of the participants who enriched the exchange with their questions and sharing!


Announcing a Conference - Introduction to precision beekeeping

Public conference

Introduction to precision beekeeping

Improve your apiary management with digital tools

Thursday 11th July 6:30 pm in the Pau region

 

Beekeepers beginners, experts and curious of nature,

your are all welcome !

Event organized by

Programme


6:30 – 7:00 pm

Welcoming

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Conference

Brood

The inner temperature of hives
How to measure it with sensors
Usecase with two hives
Overall view of a whole apiary

Colonies

Weight variations
Swarms
Measuring with sensors
Three hives, tree behaviors

Weather

How to work with weather
Weather history and honeydews
Working with weather forecasts

8:00 – 8:30 pm

Cocktail

Access

Bus stop :

– “Chambre d’agriculture” : lines 12 et T4
– “Tourasse – Cité Administrative” : line 13 and F

Two outside parking are available :

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Close to win at e-py exhibition!

E-Py: the digital Pyrenees

This is the name of the salon Pau we attended on Thursday, June 13! This name reflects well our activity: nature and digital, intimately linked. Beautiful place that the Beaumont Palace to meet between professionals of digital innovation and the general public. From start-ups to local authorities, incubators and funders, all types of players in the local digital ecosystem were present at this event.

The Mellisphera team was present at our booth to expose our connected hive platform. You can not miss Mellisphera during this meeting: the project has been highlighted several times!

Mellisphera in the spotlight several times

The founder Lorenzo PONS participated in the round table “data, artificial intelligence and their applications in the world of business” alongside Alexandre Stojanovic of BS Digital, and Fabrice Vaillant, Deputy Director General of Crédit Agricole Pyrenees Gascony. The “pitch” session welcoming a dozen entrepreneurs allowed Lorenzo this time to highlight the technicality of beekeeping and the ability to provide solutions to the challenges of beekeepers and biodiversity through digital. Also, many trophies were awarded and Mellisphera came close to the e-Py awards! We were finalists in the big data and digital innovation category, and it was ST37 that won this award. Finally, among the 10 projects chosen for the trophy “coup de coeur of the public”, we came second, close behind Le Voyage aux Pyrénées. These selections are great recognition for the project and our investment in its development. It’s up to us to make further progress to reach the top step of the podium!

Highligths

The evening was marked by a lecture by philosophy professor Raphael Enthoven on the subject of “democracy facing social networks”. Theatrical, passionate and relying on multiple sources from all places and times, the philosopher has dissected the place and issues of social networks in various political contexts. It was surprising at first to mix Epicure, Socrates, Darwin, Hobbes and so many others in the definition of social networks! Thanks to him for making us travel in his observations and reflections on freedoms and constraints from one political context to another.

Acknowledgements

We warmly thank Pyrenees Press for organizing this event, as well as all the participants for making this day a great moment of rich encounters. Thanks also to everyone who voted for us!


The Digital Farm at the hearth of Paris

On June 5, 2019, we participated to LFDay. Here is the report of our impressions.

An initiative like no other

La Ferme Digitale (The Digital Farm) could be in some ways  compared with transformation initiatives such as the Factory of the Future or Industry 4.0. Nevertheless, it has two very specific characteristics:

The first is that it was founded by visionary entrepreneurs. They created this association without anyone asking them. Apart from any institutional or state initiative, it is the expression of the need to federate actors of a sector. Paolin Pascot founder of the marketplace agriconomie.com and Florian Breton founder of miimosa.com the site of crowdfunding for farmers are at the origin of this initiative.

The second concerns values. In the association founding objectives are clearly stated commitment to ecology, for society and for farmers.

The ambition is huge and technology is only a tool

It is not just about technology or digital: it is about fighting for agriculture and agronomy of tomorrow, to sustain French agriculture. It is necessary to succeed with the ecological and economic transformations as well as that of the consumption schemes.

These issues were palpable in the corridors of the exhibition with the hundred AgriTech startups who exhibited their products and ideas. A hundred actors is both a lot and not enough. With $ 13 billion invested worldwide in the last 5 years in AgriTech, including $ 5 billion in 2018 alone (source Digital Food Lab), this is a real acceleration, even if, unsurprisingly, China and the United States are on the podium and Europe is lagging behind with only 8% of these investments.

Farmers must be actors

One of the main messages was that farmers must take their communication in hand so that “others do not speak for us”. In my opinion, I prefer the idea of a revolution going on, and that farmers have to be part of it.

A movement is growing. Farmers must seize it at risk of being once again subject to forces that constrain them.

Tech for good ?

We still keep in mind the words of Cédric Villani during the closing speech “The dream is of course the reconciliation of humanity with agriculture and the environment“. Here is an idea that gives matter for thought and with which I want to close this article.

L. PONS


Special announcement at Vivatech

What an exhibition! We had an exceptional experience at the Paris Exhibition Center, Porte de Versailles. 13,000 exhibitors were at the rendezvous of 124,000 visitors who came to meet them during these 3 days.

A committed public

We had the chance to welcome dozens of visitors. Whether they are beekeepers, nature lovers, or attracted to the little jars of honey prepared for the occasion. We introduced them to Mellisphera and what digital beekeeping brings to beekeepers and citizens. Our visitors were very curious and asked many questions, which we answered with pleasure. They were sometimes surprised by the information posted with reactions of astonishment “I did not know that a hive could swarm three times in a row”, “the bees can harvest 2 kilos of nectar during the day! Is it possible ? “There are really times of scarcity that must be crossed…”

A great announcement

Vivatech will also remain a key step in the development of Mellisphera. This is where we publicly announced the opening of the sources of our platform which has been named MelliHealth for the occasion. We are opening to the community the result of 18 months of development, recognizing that many initiatives are emerging around the world to offset the decline of bees, and that each must first overcome the same data aggregation hurdles. This shared platform should accelerate the emergence of high value-added solutions through collaboration

Meeting points

The show is also an opportunity to meet other players in our ecosystem. The Digital Farm is a structuring initiative at the national level. Three connected hive solutions were also present: Nectar from Montreal, API-Smart and Beelife’s Cocoon hive from the southern region.

Acknowledgments and congratulations

This article could not end without our thanks to the start-up team of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region who warmly welcomed us in a very attractive and design space for the event. And a big Bravo! to our friends and office neighbors ST37 Sport et Technologie, who, with their AI refereeing system, won the prize for best digital project 2019 awarded by France Entreprise Digital!


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Can't wait for Vivatech!

Mellisphera will participate in the VIVATECH 2019 show alongside the delegation of the New Aquitaine Region. It will be a great opportunity to show the public how data science contributes to the knowledge of bees.

We are already preparing various new media for the event. For the first time in Europe, we will be exhibiting the latest T2 sensor from our friends at Broodminder. This gem of technology designed specifically for the needs of beekeepers hides his game with a very affordable price and outstanding capabilities.

We will travel with our friends from ST37 Sport and Technology and Prof-en-Poche who will also be there, as well as the fifteen young shoots of the neo-Aquitaine ecosystem. A big thank you to the New Aquitaine Region for its trust.

See you in Paris on May 18th!


The French Tech in Bearn

In April 2019, Pau Béarn became French Tech community. Bzz bzzz! (which means "hurray!") But what is it, in fact?

French tech is a global entrepreneurial initiative. She accompanies French start-ups in their creation, growth and success. By becoming a community of the label, our city will be at the heart of a new impetus to support companies in their approach of positive impact on our society. For the curious, we invite you to discover the press kit.

This is a very good news for all the start-ups of the Hélioparc technopolis in the city of Pau. Congratulations to dozens of other capitals and labeled communities!

Pau Béarn French Tech David Castéra Mellisphera

Here is David Castéra who co-chairs the French Tech community
Pau Béarn with Thomas Othax.


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NAIA: artificial intelligence exhibition

We were in Bordeaux on March 19, 2019 to bring connected beekeeping closer to artificial intelligence. Mellisphera is currently shipping AI in the automatic notebook. This module allows the beekeeper to write his intervention as he would on paper and then processes the information to classify it in a relevant way.

The forum gave us the opportunity to meet the likes of LumenAI or SofTeamAI but also Cdiscount, INRIA and the University of Bordeaux. So many actors around the many digital start-ups have made this event very rich in content.

A special mention for Dr. Pellegrini who treated us to some digital bobos with his shock therapy ;)

NAIA is organized by the Sud Ouest newspaper and the Suez group.


Meeting of a eco-innovators network

We had the pleasure of participating in the General Assembly of the association Aquitaine Croissance Verte on March 19, 2019. This meeting was organized in partnership with the Hélioparc de Pau, where we are hosted, as well as with APESA .

It was natural for us to meet the actors of this association and their many members given the theme that brings them all together: innovation for a positive environmental impact. Each participant was able to speak for a few moments to present the theme of his company. This tour de table was very user-friendly and informative on the nature of the activities of the members of this network. In particular, Protifly's approach to using insects to promote bio-waste has caught our attention, as well as that of Opure, which is careful to incorporate beehives into the structures it designs.

The life of the association is rich in encounters, meaningful exchanges and quality events. It will certainly be very beneficial for us to join this network in the future!


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Press is talking about us!

Home> Economy> Innovation ... This is where you can find us on the website of The Republic of the Pyrenees!

Monday, February 11, we had the pleasure of receiving the journalist Gérard CAYRON, keenly interested by Mellisphera. We were able to introduce him to the "big picture" of the state of play in the French apicultural world, and of course more precisely our vision of connected beekeeping and our solution.

Find us in their edition of February 18, 2019!

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