# 27 – AGRICULTURE 2.0

Connected Bees Create a Buzz

This is where technology meets ecology. Responding to a call from Australian scientists to save the bees from extinction, Intel miniaturized their Edison technology to create a micro RFID chip specifically designed for these insects. The size of a stamp and weighing just 5.4 mg, the tiny sensor is attached to the animal like a backpack and tracks its movements and behaviors within 30 cm of the hive. It is equipped with an Intel Atom processor, has 1GB of memory and 5GB of storage. This technology allows scientists to study the effects of pollution, pesticides and other environmental factors on the bees in hopes of understanding why numbers have been declining in recent years. The goal is to reverse the trend.

 


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