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Digitalized beehive moves into HSB Living Lab

- will contribute to research and conservation of biodiversity


Bees and other pollinating insects are drastically decreasing in numbers all over the world, which can have severe consequences as they play an essential role in pollinating crops and maintaining biodiversity. To meet the challenges and contribute to research, Tieto has created a digitized beehive, equipped with connected sensors, to be installed at HSB Living Lab in Gothenburg.

The digital beehive moves in at HSB Living Lab. The project will, with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) and connected sensors (IoT), facilitate the management of the hive, create healthy bee communities and work to preserve the biodiversity in the immediate area. Another goal is to contribute to a better understanding and interest in beekeeping among the residents in the “living lab”.

“This digitalized solution means that we get to know the bee-communities even better. We can, for example, estimate how many bees that lives in the hive, measure how viable the community is and how much honey they produce. This is also a great way to illustrate the benefits of a digitized society, and in this case, how digital solutions can create a better society for both humans and bees”, says Mikael Ekström, digitization consultant at Tieto and beekeeper.

“We look forward to welcoming up to 80,000 new, buzzing residents in HSB Living Lab. It will be exciting to see how we can learn from this project in the longer term. In the short term, we know that it will help ensure local biodiversity, and we have already noticed a great interest among those already living in the HSB Living Lab”, says Madelaine Doufrix, project Coordinator at HSB Living Lab.

Mikael and his colleagues at Tieto are currently preparing the hive to be delivered to HSB Living Lab. The prototype that is in place outside Tieto’s office in Kalmar has sensors that can measure the bee population, the amount of honey, humidity, air pressure and temperature in the hive. All metrics are collected on Tieto’s online platform and can be read in real-time on a mobile or computer. In the future, Mikael hopes that with the help of technology, it will also be possible to detect outbreaks of diseases that affect bees.

About HSB Living Lab
HSB Living Lab is a modular housing and research arena. The project is world-unique and brings together some 30 students and guest researchers of all ages and nationalities under the same roof. Here, research is ongoing on innovative technology, sustainability, architecture and social connections, around the clock. The building is located on the Chalmers campus area in Gothenburg and was inaugurated in the fall of 2016. Tieto is an IT partner in the project to develop smart and innovative solutions for tomorrow’s housing.

Tieto aims to capture the significant opportunities of the data-driven world and turn them into lifelong value for people, business and society. We aim to be customers’ first choice for business renewal by combining our software and services capabilities with a strong drive for co-innovation and ecosystems.

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