Satellites and bees, an ‘a priori’ unusual combination, but innovation, like politics, makes strange traveling companions. The Spanish company Sateliot, which is owned by Indra (10.5%), Cellnex (3.5%) and Sepides (SEPI, 4.69%), has just closed an alliance with the Mexican S4IoT and the Argentine Bee Waze to provide coverage, through its nanosatellites with 5G technology, to the tools and solutions offered by both companies so that beekeepers can keep track of their hives. Something especially interesting in areas with low coverage or that are in remote locations. This announcement coincided with the celebration last Saturday of World Bee Day, which the United Nations has established to raise awareness of the important contribution of pollinators.
Sateliot, which launched the first nanosatellite under the 5G standard on April 15, plans to put 64 nanosatellites into orbit until 2024, which will reach 250 the following year. The objective is to create a satellite constellation that allows 5G connection, from any corner of the world, and at a cheaper cost for telecommunications operators around the world that may be left without it if roaming fails. Something impossible until now, since each company had its own satellites. In this sense, the company assures that it already has closed agreements with more than 500 operators.
As Sateliot sources explain, with their growing constellation of nanosatellites that will reach 250 by 2025, they will give 5G connectivity to S4IoT and Bee Waze sensors and technological solutions that will allow beekeepers to monitor the behavior of their colonies. In other words, variables such as temperature, weight or humidity will be measured, as well as the weather forecast for the area where the farm is located. In addition, to know in real time and during the pollination process, the entrances and exits of bees per minute and day.
Very useful information so that beekeepers can adopt the necessary measures for the conservation of their bees, as well as manage their hives in the most efficient way, saving on travel. All this, at a time when production costs such as fuel accumulate significant increases and remain at prices higher than those registered a year ago.
“This is just one example of how satellite and 5G contribute reliably and affordably to saving bees and thus ensuring global food production”, Jaume Sanpera (Sateliot)
In the opinion of the founder and CEO of Sateliot, Jaume Sanpera, this new alliance “is just one example of how satellite and 5G contribute in a reliable and affordable way to save bees and thus ensure global food production”. Sanpera recently assured, in statements to ‘La Información’, that the firm based in Barcelona and San Diego (United States) is to reach a turnover of 1,000 million euros, as well as an Ebitda of 370 million, in 2026.
The beekeeping sector english
Globally, Statista estimates that by 2030 the market value of honey will reach a whopping 12.5 billion euros. For its part, a study by the University of Ohio (United States) has estimated that pollinating insects contribute some 460,000 million euros per year to world food production.
But, how important is the beekeeping sector in Spain? Benefited from direct aid of 5 million euros in the latest anti-drought decree, according to the Ministry of Agriculture with data from 2022, the country has 36,475 farms, of which 18% are considered professional (those with more than 150 hives). . This represents the greatest professionalization at the level of the European Union (EU). Production was 30,512 tons in 2020, the latest figures available. This represents a decrease of 9.3% compared to the 2019 campaign.
Regarding imports, in a report carried out at the beginning of this year by COAG, it was estimated that between January and November of last year the Spanish packaging industries bought 35,260 tons of honey abroad. This is 3,633 tons more than what was acquired during the entire 2021 kilos.