September 06, 2018 16:51 CET

Tele2 IoT and Habeetat: Creating a Buzz Together

Tele2 IoT connectivity and Habeetat’s smart beehive have saved the bee populations from declining and helped support the food ecosystem

It’s estimated that nearly half of the global honeybee population has died in the past decade. Given that bees are essential for food production, when the bee population declines, the impact is felt far beyond the hive. With the help of Tele2 IoT connectivity and Habeetat’s smart beehive, progress has been made, with the key intention being to save declining bee populations, but also to support the food ecosystem itself.

Three years ago, when Habeetat entered a HUB387 hackathon in its native Bosnia and Herzegovina, it was clear that the start-up was not quite like the other participants. While most were focused on the potential economic benefits of various industries, Habeetat was concentrating on bringing a cutting-edge solution to the issues surrounding bees and technology, while also taking beekeeping into the 21st century. In other words, they developed home nesting shelters – smart beehives – that can be used in your back garden, in orchards, or in agro-industry.

We wanted to get rid of the stereotype of a man or woman reaching retirement and taking up beekeeping as a hobby. We believed that technically-advanced beekeeping could be attractive and appealing to younger demographics because essentially, it’s about improving the world around us, whether you’re doing this on a small or large scale.

Edin Saracevic Co-founder Habeetat

Bees are extremely sensitive – if you come close to a hive and make a phone call, they start buzzing. So, the first thing the Habeetat team did was make sure the smart beehives had no harmful impact on the bees. However, what works in the lab doesn’t necessary work in the field.

“Once we took the smart beehives into real conditions we learned how bees’ behaviour varies depending on conditions,” explains Semir Sakanovic, Hardware Expert and Co-founder. “And the most important thing was that the electronics and technology didn’t cause any damage to the bees or their natural behaviour.”

“If we failed with these most basic requirements we wouldn’t be able to move on, so beekeepers needed to be sure that this device was safe and bee-friendly,” says Edin Saracevic.

Another major obstacle was that beehives would often be placed in areas with a weak cellular signal. Habeetat needed a solution that would ensure that all collected data would be sent. That’s where Tele2 IoT came in.

“The solution was to store data on an SD card: once the signal is strong enough, all of the data from the SD card is sent to a cloud, so no data is lost – ever,” says Semir Sakanovic. “The device sends data four times daily – every six hours – and after data is sent the device goes into sleep mode, saving on battery life. The user is able to see when data is recorded, so it doesn’t matter when it’s sent – we can pinpoint exactly when it was gathered prior to being sent.”

Since Habeetat needed reliable 3G modems to send data, they approached Tele2 IoT about the solution.

“Being a start-up aimed at creating something completely revolutionary in terms of correlations between bees and collected bee data, connectivity was one of the key factors we needed,” says Edin Saracevic. “We knew Tele2 IoT had some interesting solutions, and from the very beginning it was a meeting of minds.”

Understanding beekeeping as a remote activity was also a fairly interesting angle for Tele2 IoT – not just connecting the product, but also finding a solution for this very eco-friendly product and connecting in remote areas – where the signal may not be strong – with a solution that works.

Partnering with a company like Tele2 IoT, which has both a big footprint and the deep technological knowledge and expertise, has been great for us, We’ve tested a lot of cards in different countries, but we wanted a solution and a card that would work globally and allow us to track the size of the data being sent – and Tele2 IoT had it.

Semir Sakanovic Hardware Expert and Co-founder Habeetat

The connectivity provided by Tele2 IoT allows essential bee data – temperature, humidity, weight, weather conditions, honey produced – to be sent, thus optimizing honey production out in the field, given that weather conditions have a big impact on bees’ ability to work.

Other obstacles have also been solved, including the right solar panels to ensure a long battery life and shrinking the modular product so it’s easy to transport during the relatively short beekeeping season. Now, it’s all about using the data collected to work on solving the problem of declining bee populations.

“We’re using this data to learn and solve problems that are literally affecting all of us,” says Edin Saracevic. “Making beekeeping accessible to anyone and everyone means you don’t need to travel to some remote place to make a difference. You can do it anywhere and take part in creating significant changes and improvement in the disaster we’ve seen with bees in the last decade.”

Learn more about habeetat at www.habeetat.io.