The beehive IoT technology that Timotheus Höttges presented to Angela Merkel during her tour of CeBIT on the show’s opening day was developed by startup Bee and Me in collaboration with Deutsche Telekom. The system aims to help beekeepers keep a close eye in real-time on the health of their bee colonies. This is essential in light of the decline in bee colonies . In the 1990s, the numbers in Germany fell below the million mark, and, despite all efforts, the number of colonies has been at below 700,000 for around a decade now. Without bees, not only would there be no honey; fruit and vegetables would become luxury goods, since the insects pollinate around 80 percent of our agricultural crops and wild plants.
The Bee-and-Me solution, which consumes barely any energy and has a long range, transmits via narrowband wireless technology NB-IoT (NarrowBand Internet of Things) data collected on temperature, humidity, air pressure, beehive weight, and activity of the bees, which when viewed together gives a general idea of the relevant state of health. The beekeeper can look at their smartphone or tablet app at any time to find out how their bees are faring.