2020 Innovation Name: The Purple Hive Project
Awards: 8th Most Innovative Media & Marketing Company
The Purple Hive Project consists of a solar powered 360-degree camera mounted on a beehive, capable of detecting the Varroa mite. Using an algorithm to differentiate between a healthy bee and a bee carrying a Varroa mite, it has the capability to alert other hives instantly so authorities can immediately quarantine the incursion.
Given Australia is the only inhabited continent without Varroa Mite (the biggest threat to bees globally), the Purple Hive Project safeguards the $100 million industry and will, over time, reduce the millions of dollars the Australian Government invests into a manual, time consuming monitoring at high risk ports around the country.