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Hive Minds and the Internet of Bees

Press Release - 01/12/2014

Arnia Remote Hive Monitoring Now Listening to Bees Across the Atlantic with Pod Group”Best Signal” M2M SIMs and Flat-Rate Data

Pod Group, the expert in multi-network data SIMs for the M2M industry, has today announced that its Best Signal USA & Europe Multi Network SIM cards have been selected by Arnia for expansion of its remote bee hive monitoring system into the USA. Arnia provides state of the art remote bee hive monitoring systems for beekeepers, bee farmers and bee researchers, combining hive acoustics with other parameters. The monitoring data is interpreted to assess bee colony behavior and health. Pod Group Best Signal USA & Europe SIMs roam on multiple networks throughout the USA and Europe at a competitive flat rate, enabling Arnia to expand across the Atlantic without the worry of increased data costs.

For Arnia, a key advantage of the Pod Group Best Signal Multi Network SIM is that it automatically switches between networks if coverage is patchy or if a network is not available, so that the device remains connected. This enables Arnia to confidently offer its remote hive monitoring system to customers in remote or rural areas – where bee hives are often located. When the integrity of research studies and the health of the hives are at stake, bee researchers and bee farmers cannot afford to lose data packets as a result of weak or patchy cellular network signals. Arnia Operations Manager, Peter Sogorski says, “Some of the apiary sites that our beekeepers have can very often be on the peripheral edge of network signals. Sites are sometimes obscured by buildings or trees and this does affect signals locally. Having the multi network SIMs means the connection will automatically switch to another network, should it be required.”

In addition to reliable connectivity, Pod Group’s Best Signal Multi Network SIMs carry the advantage of flat rate data in the USA (on both AT&T and T-Mobile) and on networks across Europe. This makes it easy for M2M companies to expand their operations across the Atlantic without the worry of increased data costs. Sogorski says, “We find this competitively priced multi network SIM invaluable in both the USA and Europe. Our system requires that we have reliability and continuity in our data transfer, as this is a critical part of our electronic bee monitoring system. The Best Signal SIMs provide controllable costs and reliable connectivity.”

Pod Group CEO Sam Colley adds, “We are really excited to be working with Arnia and their innovative bee monitoring application. Given the global environmental and economic value of honey bees, it’s vital that Arnia have developed this unique M2M monitoring application especially for bee hives. We are very pleased to be able to provide the reliable M2M connectivity needed to ensure Arnia’s monitors continue to provide a unique insight into hive conditions to help maintain strong, healthy and productive colonies around the world.”

Editor’s Notes

About Pod Group

Pod Group is a specialist in complete connectivity solutions tailored to Internet of Things (IoT) applications, bringing over 20 years of experience, research and innovation to the mobile connectivity market. With offices across the globe and access to 600+ networks in 185 countries, Pod Group provides global multi-network, multi-IMSI, eUICC and LPWAN connectivity solutions combined with end to end IoT security, centralized connectivity management and a hierarchical billing platform.

About Arnia

Arnia is staffed by bee-keeping enthusiasts who bring state of the art remote monitoring of the hive environment to the understanding and maintenance of bee health. Arnia is unique in combining environmental sensors with acoustic analysis within a single device and returning collected information in real time to the bee-keepers home computer or smart phone. Arnia’s unique technology has been granted a patent.

It is Arnia’s ambition, in collaboration with research partners and customers to develop breakthroughs in understanding of bee populations that will majorly improve the crucial symbiosis of humans and bees. www.arnia.co.uk

Press contacts:

Amy Garcia Rendle
Email: amy.garcia@podgroup.com
Skype: amygarciarendle
Phone: +44 (0) 1223 850 900

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