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We’re hiring – Web App Developer

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We’re still hiring.

Software is eating the world and this time it will come from bees. Do you want to be part of the team that will be produce massive loads of information about the most important pollinator in the world?

Roles & responsibilities

You’ll work closely with other devs toward the development of Apis Technology App. Main roles will be:

  • Develop high performance dashboards for data generated by bees. Yeah, that’s right, bees.
  • Cloud integration
  • Develop specific yet engenius solutions features for agricultural based problems.

Skills required

  • Experience of coding JavaScript, HTML and CSS,
  • Experience with node.js and angular.js frameworks,
  • Experience with noSQL databases

What we’re always looking for

  • passion for agriculture and beekeeping
  • passion for technology
  • passion to learn and think a lot about other technologies, environments and startups
  • passion for weird talks with co-workers

Where: Aveiro @ IEUA
Reporting to: Project Manager

If you’re interested send us your CV for info@apistech.eu. Don’t forget to name the position that you’re applying to.

OPEN POSITIONS

We’re hiring – Electronic Engineer

OPEN POSITIONS

Apis Technology is on a mission to improve the way beekeepers manage their bees and empower the global community to deal with one of the biggest environmental challenges.

If you’re all about bold goals and have the right set of skills join our team.

Roles & responsibilities

You’ll work closely with other devs toward the development of electronic modules. Main roles will be:

  • Firmware programming of Apis electronic modules
  • Programming of embedded systems
  • Programming and integration of wireless communication systems
  • Backing team members in hardware development

Skills required

  • Proficiency with C language
  • Competences in product development in firmware systems engineering
  • Strong troubleshooting skills

What we’re always looking for

  • passion for agriculture and beekeeping
  • passion for technology
  • passion to learn and think a lot about other technologies, environments and startups
  • problem solving attitude
  • passion for weird talks with co-workers

Where: Aveiro @ IEUA
Reporting to: Project Manager

If you’re interested send us your CV for info@apistech.eu 

Como cortar custos com o Sistema de Monitorização Apis – 1 de 4

Este artigo é o primeiro de uma série de quatro sobre os Custos Operacionais da apicultura e como a Apis Technology pode ajudar a cortá-los.

Credits: Flickr/ Paul van de Velde

Credits: Flickr/ Paul van de Velde

Se é um apicultor profissional, a questão fundamental é que a apicultura é uma atividade económica normal. Uma daquelas onde os deveres profissionais se misturam com o prazer. Por um lado, o objetivo do apicultor é maximizar as receitas, com a venda dos produtos apícolas, e maximizar a produtividade da atividade.

Por outro lado, o apicultor deve reduzir ao máximo os custos de atividade. Infelizmente a lista de custos é longa. Há muita coisa para gerir durante a atividade e um momento de distração pode ter consequências graves.

Inspeções

As inspeções a colmeias são uma das tarefas mais complicadas para os apicultores profissionais. A regra é simples: o apicultor tem de inspecionar periodicamente cada uma das suas colmeias, de forma a garantir que tudo está bem. Se a meteorologia permitir, pode abrir cada uma e verificar cada quadro. Senão, o apicultor tem de contar com a sua experiência e observar a colmeia sem a abrir.

Por outro lado, de cada vez que o apicultor abre uma colmeia para a inspecionar, ele interfere e desregula o ecossistema do enxame, e perturba as abelhas. A literatura aponta que as abelhas demoram cerca de 3 a 4 dias a estabilizar até aos parâmetros ideias.

A melhor métrica para medir os custos com inspeções é verificar quais são os custos com recursos humanos, €/Hora/Homem. Se o apicultor tiver que inspecionar cada colmeia, é fácil perceber o montante que isso representa no final do mês para a atividade.

Exemplo

Vamos ver um exemplo com 2 apiários e 30 colmeias cada. Assumindo que cada inspeção tem uma duração média de 15 minutos, e que o apicultor tem uma despesa média mensal de 15€/h. Fazendo uma média de 2 inspeções por mês, temos uma representação de custos muito próxima da seguinte:

Duração Mensal Inspeções (2x60x15min) – 30 horas

Custo Mensal Inspeções (15€/h) – 450€/mês

Custo Anual Inspeções – 5400€

No final de cada ano o apicultor contabiliza para gerir dois apiários com 60 colmeias um total de 5.400€ só imputados a inspeções. Estes custos são tanto maiores quanto mais colmeias o apicultor tenha.

O Sistema de Monitorização Apis é desenhado para permitir ao apicultor diminuir o número de inspeções no terreno. Para além disso permite também recolher dados que este é incapaz de observar nos meses que não pode abrir as colmeias.

Ao usar o Sistema de Monitorização Apis o apicultor profissional pode cortar definitivamente a maior fatia de custos da atividade para uma fracção.

How can Hive Monitoring System help you cut the costs of beekeeping – 1 of 4

This blog post is the first of a series of four about the Operational Costs of Beekeeping and how Apis Technology can help you cut them. This is dedicated to the Inspections.

Credits: Flickr/ Paul van de Velde

Credits: Flickr/ Paul van de Velde

If you’re a professional beekeeper, bottom line is that beekeeping is a normal economic activity. One of those where professional duties are mixed with pleasure. From one side, the goal is to maximize the revenues with the sale of honey, royal jelly among other things, or by renting some swarms for pollinating in farms, for example, and maximize productivity as much as possible.

On the other side, beekeeper should reduce the costs as much as he can. Unfortunately, the list is long because beekeeping is a hard job. There’re a lot of things to take care of, and at a single moment of neglect can cause a lot of damage.

Inspections

Inspections of beehives is one of the biggest pains of a professional beekeeper. Rule is simple: one must periodically make inspections in each beehive, just to be sure that everything is alright. If weather allows we must open the beehive and check each frame, and if don’t we must rely on a mix of faith, skill and experience.

In addition, each time the beekeeper opens a beehive to inspect it, he interferes and mess around with the ecosystem of the swarm, and disturb bees. Literature points that bees take to 3 to 4 days to set back to previous parameters.

The best metrics to assess this cost is measuring working force, or €/Hours/men. As one has to inspect every beehive, we should account the amount of money we have to spend to assure this activity.

Example

Let’s look at this example of 2 apiaries with 30 beehives each. Assuming that each inspection takes about 15 minutes’ average, and beekeeper has an average cost of 15€/h. With an average of 2 inspections per month, we have a cost breakdown close to this one:

Monthly duration of inspections (2x60x15min) – 30 hours/month

Average monthly cost (15€/h) – 450€/month

Average annual cost – 5.400€

At the end of each year, the beekeeper to manage only two apiaries with 60 beehives, has an average cost of 5.400€ only regarding inspections. This costs are as bigger as the number of beehives.

Apis Hive Monitor System is designed to allow the beekeeper to decrease the number of inspections at the field, because he is able to know the parameters that he use to know, just by checking his phone. In addition, it also allows to check information that he could never know in those colder months that he cannot open the beehive.

Using Apis Hive Monitor the beekeeper can effectively cut the biggest cost of beekeeping to a small margin.

Indiegogo Campaign Update

Hi,

There were a lot of developments since we launched our Indiegogo campaign. We received a lot of tips, and answered even more questions. Because we always want to provide the best to our fellow customers, we made some changes in our campaign, provided some more information regarding some technical details.

#1 –Updated shipping rates

Yes. The most wanted update. Is finally true. We managed to rearrange our cost structure and updated our shipping rates for our Hive Monitor System.

#2 – Referral model and free perks

Now you can win free perks. All you have to do is refer as many friends as you can. Every time you hit a new milestone you unlock a new free perk. It’s as simple as share a link.

Just log-in in Indiegogo Platform and Share your personnel Link, at the left part of our campaign.

 

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The list of perks is segmented in for milestones. Each time you reach a new milestone you win a new free perk. See the list below.

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Now, you get as many perks as friends that you bring to the campaign, and have the chance to deploy a Hive Monitor System on your apiary with a very limited investment.

Read more about the refer mode here.

Indiegogo User Guide

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Our Indiegogo Campaign is alive and raising a lot of buzz. Click here to visit it.

Some supporters and enthusiasts want to buy one of our perks but think that too difficult.

To make that proccess easier we created a User Guide that will led you from the moment you choose your product to the payment. With images.

Download it in here.

We lost our minds. Read the article to know why

Our supporters rock. They really do.

Our giveaway is running like crazy and a lot of people around the world already entered in the contest. We’re sending this email to tell you that:

We lost our minds – we’re offering the shipping costs of the beehive

Yeah, totally free. If you win the Apis Beehive you don’t have to worry about the shipping costs because we will send it to you. But (there’s always a but,…) we’ll have to reach a new goal.

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Currently all the participants reached 18189 entries. To unlock the Free Shipment we have to reach the 20.000 goal.

How can we do it? It’s very easy. Just enter in the giveaway, share it with your friends and answer the question.

 

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Hugely grateful for your support,
The team

* The free shipping is only valid:
– if you accept to receive the beehive at the same time as backers of the indiegogo (Mid January)
– for Europe and USA. For other countries we’ll have to arrange the difference.

Win an Apis Beehive

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Click in the image to enter Giveaway

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.

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

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.