While working on a project for one of our clients, we came across a company that we had to share with you. We think they are quite innovative and haven’t seen anything like them before. They have created a hybrid sensor which is part technology and part insect.
Inscentinel, based in Harpenden, train bees to detect drugs and explosives. The bees are also trained to sniff out pancreatic cancer, pests and boar taint.
It takes six seconds to train a honey bee to identify a particular substance. The trained bees are then put into a bee holder which acts as a sensor. The insects’ reactions are picked up to gauge if the substance is present.
Sniffer bees can be especially useful in airport security and cargo screening.
Inscentinel plan to use the bees to detect landmines, they have already been trained to identify TNT, even in low concentrations. The company is also working on a concept called TB-Bee, where the bees will be able to detect tuberculosis.
We wonder if the sniffer bees are poised to become the new sniffer dogs.