Honeybee Pollination Mapping


About the Technology

Bee Innovative’s ‘BeeDar’ technology is a radar-based system that monitors individual bee movement and pollination activity in near real-time. The system consists of a state-of-the-art radar sensor which is mounted to an aerial drone. As the drone passes over a crop, the sensor detects the presence of individual bees and analyses their pollination activity.

The Trial

For this trial, Bee Innovative was engaged to deploy a BeeDar-equipped drone over four watermelon crops grown on separate farms in the Bundaberg region. The drone was flown over each crop three times (morning, midday and afternoon) over three separate days, for a total of nine flights per crop.

This case study provides an overview of findings from the technology trials including:

  • Background
  • What the technology is
  • How the trial was done
  • Results
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Grower feedback
  • Additional considerations that should be taken into account when deciding whether to utilise the technology

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Presentation of this case study is for information purposes only. It does not constitute a commercial endorsement by the stakeholders of the Bundaberg Agtech Hub.

Trials conducted by Hinkler AgTech Initiative

The CQUniversity Hinkler AgTech Initiative was funded through the Hinkler Regional Deal. The Hinkler Regional Deal is a collaboration between the Australian Government, Bundaberg Regional Council and Fraser Coast Regional Council.

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