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.