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FUTURISTIC BEEHIVES FOR A SMART METROPOLIS

Objective

Honeybees are important pollinators and support various important ecosystems with their ecological services. Rapid anthropogenic changes cause disruptive disturbances of their habitats which are currently endangering honeybee colonies around the world and incurring an immense financial toll. We aim to help the bees in coping with these adverse environmental factors by establishing technologies in and around a futuristic honeybee colony that allow the colony to perform well in very challenging environments, for example within high-precision farming, including monocultural agriculture involving pesticide, within smart cities of the future and within highly industrialized areas. We aim to make technologies available to honeybees that are naturally inaccessible for them (internet, databases, satellite data, robots...) and to feed information collected by bees through these channels back to humans and other hives. This collection of hives, technologies and humans is called HIVEOPOLIS in our concept. HIVEOPOLIS technology will be integrated in a way that it provides a synergistic added value to the colony, to its owner and to society in general. It will be sustainable from the ecological point of view and also from the intellectual point of view (open software, open hardware, open data, citizen scientists). Our society will benefit from the pollination services and other bee-derived services and products, in a more stable and controllable way, even in harsher ecological conditions of the future. The emphasis on community-forming activities of the project will bring together makers, beekeepers, farmers, programmers, environmentalists, educators and many other stakeholders. Ultimately, HIVEOPOLIS will bring honeybee societies into a new future and will integrate them into the hearts of our own future smart cities.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/databases
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/architecture engineering/smart city
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/internet
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

H2020-FETPROACT-2018-01
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Address
Universitatsplatz 3
8010 Graz
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 732 558,75

Participants (6)

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 1 655 000
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 656 412,50
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 267 500
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BII SMART TEKNOLODZHIS
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 614 375
Address
Gen. Ivan Chernaev 2 Ap 6
1233 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LATVIJAS LAUKSAIMNIECIBAS UNIVERSITATE
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 533 662,50
Address
Liela Iela 2
3001 Jelgava
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 540 000
Address
Unter Den Linden 6
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments