Win an Apis Beehive

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As we approach the date of our Indiegogo Campaign, September 7th, we want to offer the first Apis Beehive to our supporters.

The giveaway starts at August 19th and will be alive 18 days. To participate all you have to do is sign-up.

As an incentive we are giving you the opportunity to increase your chances of success. After the sign-up in the giveaway share with your friends. The additional number of your friends that sign-up in Apis Giveaaway increase your probabilities.

Note that we are offering a beehive. So to maximize your probabilities you should share it with friends that are beekeepers.

Good luck!

Technical data

Apis Beehive

Hive type – Langstroth

Hive components:

– brood box with 10 frames

– flight board

– metal entrance block

– metal roof (outer cover)

– inner cover

If the beehive is for use with the monitoring system, it may include the temperature probe.

Ganhe uma Colmeia Apis

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À medida que nos aproximamos da nossa campanha do Indiegogo no dia 7 de Setembro queremos oferecer a primeira colmeia Apis aos nossos apoiantes.

O concurso começa dia 19 de Agosto e durará 18 dias. Para participar tudo o que tem de fazer é entrar no concurso e partilhar.

Como incentivo damos a oportunidade de aumentar a probabilidade de ganhar. Depois de entrar no concurso partilhe com os seus amigos. Quantos mais amigos conseguir juntar a partir do seu convite maior a probabilidade de ganhar.

Lembre-se que estamos a oferecer uma colmeia por isso para maximizar a sua probabilidade deverá partilhar com amigos apicultores.

Boa sorte!

Detalhes técnicos

Colmeia Apis

Tipo de colmeia: langstroth

Componentes da colmeia:

– camara de criação com 10 quadros

– tábua de voo – régua metálica na entrada

– tejadilho metálico

– prancheta de agasalho

Caso a colmeia seja para utilizar com o sistema de monitorização, pode incluir-se a sonda de temperatura

Bees and cellphones: not another horror story

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The influence of telecommunications networks on bees is a narrative often visited and is based on unproven facts. Naturally this type of misinformation leds to resistances and doubts. To clarify that, we made this article.

The idea that theses networks have a negative effect on bees got great attention by media due to a small study made in Germany. That study was conducted based on very particular assumptions, such as the type of telecommunication towers used in the network. However, this study led to ideas and wrong conclusions that were leveraged and promoted by media and social networks.

That misinformation led the author of the study himself Stefan Kimmel to publicly declare to Associated Press that there’re no connection between his study and the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

After that other studies were made about the subject-matter. Daniel Favre in Mobile phone-induced honeybee worker piping argue that there’s a connection between the decrease of bees population, and cellphones. The methodology of Favre’s experience was to place cellphones inside beehives with bees and listen to the sounds issued by the colonies when the cell was on active mode, inactive, ringing, turned off or on standby. He concluded that bees are not affected by the cellphone when it is inactive or in standby mode, but that when cellphone is ringing or active bees are disturbed.

Favre’s experience and his arguments bring more doubts than answers. Inserting one or two cellphones inside a beehive is not undeniable proof that bees suffer with radio frequency. A cellphone is very complex device with a lot of noises that may lead to several effects, due to the radio frequency signals that it receives and sends, the ringing sounds and the vibrations. This inability of Favre’s to be sharp and concise in the causes of the disturbances of bees led to conclude that arguments of the study are limited and in need of further developments.

There’s not a temporal connection between the massification of telecommunication networks and CCD phenomenon, which led us to conclude that the cause is more recent.

Due to this intense and misinformed buzz the United States Department of Agriculture stated (read article) that neither cellphones nor telecommunication towers had shown any connection to CCD, or poor health of bees. The four main suspects for CCD largely responsible for the fast decrease of bees population are climatic changes, diseases and parasites, lack of food and the proliferation of pesticides.

Studies that try to relate the decrease in population of bees and cellphones aren’t taken seriously by the scientific community, because they are pure speculation without real support where the only goal is to mask the real problems.

Credits of the image: Skitter Photo/Stockssnap.io

Abelhas e telemóveis: não é mais uma história de terror

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A influência dos telemóveis e das redes telecomunicações nas abelhas é um debate muitas vezes visitado e que parte de premissas não provadas. Naturalmente este tipo de desinformação cria resistência e dúvidas em alguns apicultores que nos levaram a escrever um artigo para esclarecer todas as dúvidas.

A ideia de que estas redes têm influência nas abelhas teve grande ênfase nos média devido a um pequeno estudo efetuado na Alemanha. Esse estudo foi conduzido com base em premissas muito particulares, como por exemplo o tipo de torres de telecomunicações muito específicas. Porém, a partir deste estudo desenvolveram-se extrapolações e conclusões erradas e não fundamentadas, que foram alavancadas e projetadas pelos meios de comunicação.

Esta desinformação levou o próprio autor do estudo Stefan Kimmel, a declarar em público que não há ligação entre o seu pequeno estudo e o fenómeno do CCD (Colony Collapse disorder).

Depois disso, outros estudos foram feitos sobre o tema. Daniel Favre em “Mobile phone-induced honeybee worker piping” refere que há uma ligação entre o declínio das abelhas e os telemóveis. A metodologia de Favre passou por colocar telemóveis dentro de colmeias com abelhas e observou os sons por elas emitidos quando o telemóvel estava no estado ativo, inativo, a tocar, desligado ou em standby. Concluiu que as abelhas não são incomodadas pelo telemóvel quando ele está inativo ou em standby, mas que por outro lado, quando o telemóvel está a tocar ou está ativo as abelhas ficam perturbadas.

A experiência de Favre e os seus argumentos colocam mais dúvidas do que as que esclarecem. Colocar um ou dois telemóveis dentro de uma colmeia não é uma prova irrefutável de que as abelhas sofrem com a rádio frequência. Um telemóvel é um aparelho bem mais complexo que pode provocar vários efeitos, tanto graças aos sinais de rádio frequência que recebe e emite, como ao toque e às vibrações que lhe estão associados. Esta incapacidade para ser preciso quanto ao causador dos efeitos perturbadores nas abelhas levam a induzir que as conclusões do estudo conduzido por Favre são limitadas e carecem de validação científica.

Temporalmente não existe uma relação entre a intensificação das redes de telecomunicações e a morte em grande escala das abelhas, o que remete para a possibilidade da causa deste fenómeno ser mais recente ao surgimento dos telemóveis. O United States Department of Agriculture (ler artigo) diz que apesar de se estar a dar muita atenção ao tema, nem os telemóveis, nem as torres de antenas dos telemóveis têm mostrado ter qualquer ligação com o CCD ou a falta de saúde das abelhas.

Os estudos que tentam relacionar o declínio das abelhas com os telemóveis não são levados muito a sério na comunidade científica, visto serem apenas especulações sem fundamento que tentam mascarar os verdadeiros problemas.

Crédito da imagem: Skitter Photo/Stockssnap.io

The 6 things you need to know about crowdfunding and Indiegogo

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What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a financing model for projects or companies, where a large number of people raise monetary contributions via internet. Crowdfunding became popular in the beginning of this decade as an alternative method of raising money out of the financial system.

How it works?

Crowdfunding model is typically a match of three actors:

  • The team that is promoting the project. In this case it’s Apis Technology
  • Individuals or groups that participate in the project
  • An organization or platform that moderates and matches the projects to its supporters

What is indiegogo?

Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform launched in 2008 that helps teams raise money for their projects and products. In this platform, teams can submit and present their products to the community and the backers can easily support it by buying or simply contributing with a symbolic amount of money.

Why Indiegogo is awesome?

These days’ crowdfunding platforms are the hottest place for the launch of hardware products. A lot of teams around the world that aren’t a part of big companies and don’t have access to massive amounts of money to finish the development and start production, use these platforms to meet their first costumers and, at the same time, raise the needed money.

In our case, we need an amount of money that we don’t have in order to launch our products and start the manufacturing process. By using Indiegogo we have the opportunity to sell them to our first costumers at a price below retail standards and achieve the amount we need.

How can you use it?

It is as easy as buying some pants or a book on the internet. The best payment platforms like paypal or credit card are available and the only thing that you need to do is to confirm the buying order and wait for the confirmation email.

Apis Technology will launch soon an illustrated tutorial so no one has any doubts.

Good examples

You’ve probably heard about Flow Hive. This Australian invention allows the beekeepers to extract the honey directly from the hive by only pushing a crank. The Flow Hive campaign achieved more that 12 million dollars, which was a record for Indiegogo.

Micro Drone 3.0 is the third version of Micro Drone and that didn’t stop the team from using Indiegogo to launch its most recent product and finance the development. The result was a successful campaign that achieved more than 2 million dollars where backers were able to buy a drone for less than 150$.

And what about Portuguese projects? Well, nothing as big as the projects mentioned before, but some with great results. Findster presented his GPS tracker for children and pets and achieved a significant amount of money.

Everyday dozens of projects are submitted to crowdfunding platforms. The goal is simple: to achieve the requirements to develop or optimize products and start commercialization.

Apis Technology is working hard to make our products affordable and a reality for every beekeeper around the world. In order to do that, the price of the products has to be as low as possible and for that we need money to optimize them and start the production. On September 7th join us on this journey.