Bees play a huge role in maintaining the balance of nature. Food production, biodiversity and environmental sustainability all depend on them. EU funding has helped Bulgarian company Bee Smart Technologies to develop a remote digital diagnostic and monitoring system for beekeeping. This enables beekeepers to breed more and healthier bees.
Bulgaria’s Bee Smart Technologies has created the world’s first smart beekeeping sensor system to save beekeepers time, effort and money. It cost €380,000 to develop, of which €210,000 was provided by the EU.
Company founder Sergey Petrov, an aerospace engineer, had never considered working with bees, but a question he asked some friends changed his life. “It happened spontaneously. I asked them, ‘Do you know that bees are dying out?’ From there, things just started to happen. Surprisingly, this cause turned out to be so close to my heart as to get my full commitment,” he says.
Bee Smart Technologies products incorporate the latest technology and provide connectivity between different devices. Given the role bees play in nature, protecting their life and health helps protect ours as well.