Swisscom beekeepers raise honey bees across Switzerland. They do so to protect biodiversity and inspire innovation. We want to learn from nature as a blueprint to make living together in the smart cities of future easier and more pleasant. Join us in taking a fascinating look at the world of bees and a sustainable future for our cities.
Find out live about how things buzz in and around the hive at Swisscom’s headquarters in Worblaufen. Select one of three camera angles.
Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), Swisscom beekeepers are always in touch with their bees. Smart sensors permanently measure key data and send it over the Swisscom network, letting the beekeepers constantly monitor their bees and only intervene if necessary – so they don't open the hive needlessly and disturb the fragile ecosystem.
Giorgio Macaluso, Swisscom beekeeper
Bees are always connected, but not by the Internet; they use special scents and dancing in the sky to communicate with each other. How does this precision come about?
More people will live in the cities of the future than today. Bees live at very close quarters. How do they manage to coexist peacefully and efficiently?
Bees keep communication targeted and to a necessary minimum, along the same lines as the Low Power Network, which minimises data volumes as far as possible.
Bees only produce as much material and honey as they need. Anything left over is recycled, not wasted.
Every day the worker bees fly to flowers to collect valuable food for their colony. Thanks to a flexible model, they don’t all work at the same time. Bees can’t afford to get in each other’s way.
Despite having a queen, bees are still very independent. But they all pull together at the right moment and pool their energy whenever necessary.
Stefan Metzger, Head of Smart City
In 2016, Swisscom launched one of the first IoT networks for the Internet of Things worldwide. Thanks to its energy efficiency, it is ideal for connecting sensors.
The Internet of Things is developing rapidly. Many people use Swisscom’s Low Power Network.
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