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A Korean SME specialized in the production of creative beekeeping products is looking for commercial agents in the EU for automated beekeeping.

Country of origin:
Country: 
SOUTH KOREA
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BOKR20210819003
Published
19/10/2021
Last update
10/11/2021
Expiration date
11/11/2022

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Agriculture Machinery / Technology
Other manufacturing (not elsewhere classified)
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Animal Husbandry & Related Products
Manufacture of other electrical equipment
Wholesale of agricultural machinery, equipment and supplies
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Summary

Summary: 
A Korean SME specialized in research and development of creative beekeeping materials has developed an automated hive controller, wasp detector, and automated beehive gate to reduce labor and time requirements and increase efficiency in beekeeping. This company is constantly researching and developing new equipment. This Korean SME is looking for partners in the field of beekeeping to enter the EU market. The partnership sought is a commercial agency agreement.

Description

Description: 

Founded in 2016, this Korean SME has developed a robot that can be used by even beginners in beekeeping and increases the efficiency of beekeeping by reducing labor and time requirements.
Existing traditional methods require manual work to harvest honey. When workers have to work with a large number of hives, it requires much labor and time, and if workers are not skillful, they may suffer from pain in their shoulders and hands.
To improve these problems, this SME has researched and developed equipment that can reduce labor and time requirements and increase efficiency, and is currently selling it on the market, and is conducting R&D with a government agency in another country.
In addition, it received the 2021 Las Vegas CES Innovation Award in the robotics field, and 7 R&D cases were selected with Korean national institutions, and 9 awards were received from various government agencies.

The products developed by this SME are an automated hive controller, automated beehive gate, and wasp detector. Other pieces of equipment are also being researched and developed.

First, to harvest honey from 7 hives in one hive box, the workers have to take out each hive one by one by hand and brush off the bees attached to each hive with a fumigator or brush. However, the Automated Hive Controller can carry out this task automatically.

Second, it is an automated beehive gate. The management of temperature and humidity is very important in beekeeping. Bees are very sensitive to temperature and humidity, and if the inside of the hive is dry, problems such as poor growth of bee larvae occur.
Through this automated beehive bate, workers can remotely open and close the small gate of a hive while monitoring the condition of a hive through a smartphone application. In addition, it is compatible with the water supplier which supplies medicines and sugar water, and the existing pollen collector. It also works automatically according to the condition of the hive through big data and deep learning. Compared to the existing manual work, installing this device allows even beginners who work with a large number of hives to work quickly and easily.

The third, the wasp detector. When wasps appear, a large number of bees come out to defend them, and they are killed by the wasps. To prevent this problem, when wasps appear, it is a detection device that detects wasps and prevents them from coming out or entering the hive by working with the automated beehive gate.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The automated hive controller improves the efficiency of beekeeping by reducing the labor requirement, labor intensity, and time requirement of workers. It is a product that can be used safely and easily by beginners as well as experts. Because it is lighter than competitor products, it is portable and easy to carry to work with multiple hives. In large-scale beekeeping farms, the effect is even greater. The automated beehive gate also has a great advantage in that it is possible to remotely control all the hives at once through a smartphone application without having to do any manual work, thereby reducing labor and working time. It is compatible with other beekeeping products, so it has the advantage of being able to use it with other products.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
This Korean SME is looking for partners for the distribution and sales of beekeeping materials in Europe. The role of the partner is to sell beekeeping materials, manage inventory, and satisfy customers' maintenance requirements. This Korean SME would like to sign a commercial agency agreement.

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