Bumblebee FAQ

What’s the best way to use my Bumblebee?

The job of the Bumblebee is to ping Flowers and validate the network coverage, so the best way to use your Bumblebee is to go for a walk, or put it in a car, bicycle, or on some other moving object. 

Can I use a drone?

Only drone usage that replicates coverage validation that a terrestrial Bee can achieve is acceptable.

What kind of power supply will work for a Bumblebee?

We’ve been testing with a few different powerbanks and have good success with this one from Anker. 

What information is being sent to the Pollen network from the Bumblebee?

Bumblebees report data back to the Pollen network to help us build a reliable map of coverage information. Data reported by Bumblebees includes date / time, GPS location, and network traffic statistics (e.g., ping times, upload / download speeds, signal strength) in addition to their own unique identifier and the unique identifiers of Flowers for which coverage is verified. 

How long does it take to attach to a Flower?

It can take up to one minute to attach to a Pollen Flower. This means that it's possible for you to drive by a tower and not attach to it. When the network becomes more dense, you will stay more connected as there will be handoffs from one tower to the next. 

Why is the GPS light red?

When you have a red GPS light, this means that your Bumblebee has a GPS fix but has not synchronized its system clock to the GPS clock yet. You can wait 5 minutes, or reboot your Bumblebee to start the process over again. We're working on improvements to make this much faster.

What is the difference between a Bumblebee and a Honeybee?

Bumblebees are external hardware devices that validate the Pollen network. Honeybees are SIM based and must be installed on a band 48 compatible mobile device, and they can also be used to validate the Pollen network.