If you’re used to reading digital newspapers, you’ve surely received more than one warning about the risk of bee deaths – due to abuse of pesticides, loss of their natural habitat and other causes – and its importance for biodiversity in a species , which actively participates in the pollination of plants. There are studies that even say that if it weren’t for them, we would starve to death. Or that without pollination, yields from agricultural crops would drop by around 41%.

Well, it seems that the solution to this huge problem lies in the Internet of Things. In this case, thanks to some smart beehives that the German telecoms group Deutsche Telekom has developed and implanted around its headquarters in Bonn. They are equipped with IoT technology and connected to a Network of machines and sensors which collect information about temperature, humidity, level and weight of the panels and noise. Also whether the bees are healthy or how they behave in the panels. The local beekeeper receives all this data in a mobile application, allowing them to manage the hives much more efficiently and without constant checking. In addition, this technology improves the natural environment of the bees and reduces their intrusion into them.

It’s not the first IoT project to focus on preserving endangered animals. It was requested several years ago via the European Mink Conservation Platform SmartFIEB is supported by another Telekom, in this case Telefónica.

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