Honey bees inspire Vancouver tech startup Routific

Aug 17 2016, 8:52 pm

Vancouver startup Routific is helping delivery companies find the fastest route from A to B by mimicking honey bees, it has been revealed.

A release from the route optimization company ahead of World Honey Bee Day on Saturday August 20, said the firm’s engineers drew inspiration from bees’ foraging behaviour.

The “bee algorithm” – an approach used in computer science – seeks to imitate the way swarms of scout bees find the quickest route from flower-to-flower.

“We’re leveraging the age-old wisdom of honey bees in order to help delivery businesses work smarter and more efficiently,” said Routific Founder and CEO Marc Kuo.

“Bees are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet, and they’re amazing team players. I can’t think of better inspiration for our team at Routific.”

And it’s not all theoretical. The company has also been beekeeping with Hives for Humanity, a non-profit that works with at-risk people in Vancouver.

“We are thrilled Routific is raising awareness around pollinators and people in the city,” said Chief Beekeeper Julia Common.

“Bees have experienced a drastic population decline around the world, but the good news is that we can all support pollinator health in our communities by planting gardens and supporting local beekeepers.”

The Routific team beekeeping with Hives For Humanity (Routific)

The Routific team beekeeping with Hives For Humanity (Routific)