Hive mind: Tunisia beekeepers abuzz over early warning system

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Elias Chebbi inspected a beehive in a field in Tunisia, minutes after a buzz on his phone warned him of a potential problem. The 39-year-old beekeeper opened a flap in the hive to reveal a low-cost, locally made sensor dedicated to measuring key environmental variables. An app on his phone then warns him if action needs to be taken. “Thanks to this, I can relax,” he said. “It tells me remotely everything that’s happening.” Chebbi has two of the sensors, entirely produced in Tunisia by the only company of its kind in North Africa. He periodically places one in each of the 100 or so hives he kee…

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