- Hive Year 2016

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Welcome to the Apiary ( prototype) presents bee hive monitoring through advanced telemetry applications and systems.


    The hive telemetry collection strategy concentrates on four key areas (below), for monitoring the general health & welfare of a colony of honey bees.

  • Hive Climate
  • Hive Weight Change
  • Hive acoustics & comb vibro-acoustics or seismicity
  • Visual surveillance
  •      These hives are monitored with a variety of internal climate sensors including temperature, airflow, relative humidity, and dew point. Site and regional ambient weather conditions such as prevailing winds, rain, soil moisture, light, and barometric pressure are also monitored.  

        The purpose is to monitor and study the hive climate as it changes in relationship to daily climate. This is a key feature that will enhance the ability to deliver proactive care, and gain a better understanding of the colony behavior throughout the life-cycle. 

        View-able during the day:Live Hive Entrance Video

    Below is a sample daily weekly report showing the actual real-time climate data including entry climate and comb temperatures from the Alpha and Beta Beehives from an Apiary in Sacramento, CA.



    Below is a sample weekly report showing the actual real-time climate data including entry climate and comb temperatures from the Alpha and Beta Beehives from an Apiary in Sacramento, CA.


        The AlphaComb and BetaComb Temperature sensors (Blue and Orange above) are sensors that exists inside of the honey comb in each hive and their temperatures are key life-sign and behavior indicators for the colony. During nursery operations, when the bees are producing new brood these sensors will always be above 90 and will never drop below 50 in a healthy colony.  This sensor can detect problems with the queen, or lack of a queen. Today the BetaComb temperature sensor shows data from a live operational hive.  The AlphaComb temperature sensor shows data from a empty hive with combs waiting for possible swarm.

        Weight change is monitored precisely in a constant (24/7) fashion that will report trends in colony & equipment mass.  Honey is heavy stuff, and when flora is in blossom and the nectar flow is on, weights can change dramatically as the bees store honey in the combs. The hive can also retain or evaporate weight daily due to moisture.  It is often that a bird or other animal will have incidental contact with the hive which can cause short-term changes in total mass. Weight change data helps a beekeeper know when to harvest and when to feed, but it also is an indicator of daily and long term colony behavior and performance.  

        Many uses of weight change data exist, including: Measurement of the synchronization of the bees with flora sources in a changing climate, measurement of regional and local production to support honey market forecasting and to provide a deterrent to HFCS contamination, measurement of maintenance activities and support for Best Management Practices, measurement of Africanized honeybee migration potential, quantitative support for government oversight efforts, and to provide a deterrent to vandalism and theft.


    Below is a Weekly Bulk Mass sample report in real-time for the BETA HIVE, a hive in Sacramento, CA. 

        Digital surveillance systems include (IR) infrared light cameras that monitor cluster density and activity, apiary perimeter, and entrance activities.  The entrance cameras have motion systems that detect flight operations start/stop times, and cameras combined with optical zoom can provide a detailed single bee view of a pollen load or extended abdomen.


    Entrance Image from HD Optical Zoom Cam from a hive in San Jose, CA. 



        Streaming of the first 10 weeks of bottom cluster IR imagery from the Beta Hive using YouTube Creator Studio BETA, with a Raspberry Pi controller and an IR Camera has concluded.  You may view all of the raw and edited production media at the StephensApiary YouTube Streaming Channel : StephensApiary YouTube Streamer Channel

    When we are Live in the Beta Hive this is the link: 

    LiveStream - StephensApiary DoubleDeep Hive


        Various audio microphones and acoustic transducers provide signals data from the combs and airspaces within the hive. 


        These sensor/services combined with internet based servers and data networks produce the real-time 24/7 monitoring, data-trending, reporting, and escalation analysis.  I can literally watch the bees from my phone while I travel.


        If you find this technology interesting, are interested in similar deployments and applications, wish to donate or collaborate, or conducting your own research, please contact me using the link at the top.


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