Headed up by Dr Edwards Murphy, Dr Pádraig Whelan and Andrew Wood, with the team bringing engineering, scientific, beekeeping and commercial experience, ApisProtect provides an in-hive sensor network with long-range, cellular and satellite-powered communication to proactively monitor honey bee colonies. Combining the sensor data on hive conditions, health and activity levels with its proprietary big data and machine learning techniques, ApisProtect gives beekeepers actionable insights and alerts to help prevent losses and increase colony productivity. 

ApisProtect monitors the health of more than six million honey bees in hives across Europe and North America, bringing the power of advanced sensors and machine learning technology into the hive to deliver a 24/7 early warning system to beekeepers, allowing them to give at-risk hives immediate attention. 

Dr Edwards Murphy, who has a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from UCC, was also a participant in the University’s IGNITE programme, which specialises in supporting recent third-level graduates to turn innovative ideas into successful, scalable businesses.  ApisProtect was partially funded by St. Louis-based agtech accelerator The Yield Lab in 2016. She has been honoured with awards from the Irish Research Council, IBM, The Irish Laboratory Awards, Google and IGNITE, and showcased the technology to HRH The Prince of Wales at UCC during the Royal Visit in June this year. 

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