I recently stumpled upon two interesting articles.
We are all aware that bees are the most important pollinator in the world and that we can thank them for 30 percent of our food and there is a fact of the ever rising population on earth. Currently there exists a big problem of bee colony collapse and shrinking, so one of the approaches to solve this issue are innovative IoT solutions that could be used to monitor hives, or even directly bees by using very small RFID chips. Here is the article.
The second video article talks about placing very small sensors on bumblebees hence having biology-based IoT solution i.e. a living IoT sensor system. This requires addressing key technical challenges of power, size, weight and self-localization in order for the insects to perform location-dependent sensing operations. The platform is capable of sensing and sending data at 1 kbps when the insects are back at the hive, and localizing itself up to distances of 80 m from the access points, all within a total weight budget of 102 mg. Here is the article, very clever and interesting stuff.
Both solutions are still in the research or startup phase, but I expect to see some bigger player making a IoT bee hive monitoring solution with lots of features, AI included etc.