Welcome to StephensApiary.com Sacramento, California USA

Contact Info: Stephen@StephensApiary.com

This is the Hivelogger.com IoT prototype - a suite of "Smart Sensors" for healthy honeybees

Monitoring honeybee behavior through climate and weight change smart-sensor technology enables active environmental and ecological survey. This “quantitative tool-set” produces historical records for researchers, educates the community, enhances security, and helps change management postures from reactive to proactive. This platform provides autonomous and stable weight, climate, and custom data acquisition in support of AI (Artificial Intelligence), MV (Machine Vision), and ML (Machine Learning) analytics.

Some additional benefits of this technology include:

  1. Improve the knowledge-base in ecological survey and honeybee behavior
  2. Support honey production forecasting and honey tampering investigations (HFCS fraud)
  3. Characterize and evaluate Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)
  4. Monitor related climate and environmental components (Environmental-canary in the coal-mine)
  5. Provide commercial operations with valuable Best Management Practice (BMP) tools
  6. Honeybee management and production - QA/QC & quarantine development tools
  7. Support of Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) – Actionable regulatory oversight
  8. Catalyst to Private/Public Partnerships – Pollination support, Leverage integrated rural infrastructure
  9. Support for Sustainable Collaborative Programs for Education & Community
  10. Catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship – Integration of STEM & IoT into the community.

Below is a sample DAILY climate report showing real-time climate data including entry climate and comb temperatures from a beehive ( Sacramento, CA)

Below is a sample WEEKLY report showing real-time climate data including entry climate and comb temperatures from a beehive (Sacramento, CA)

Innovative Weight Change System

Climate Stable Scale

Soil / Matrix Lysimeter

This platform has recently been presented to the Agricultural Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy (AIEA) with the University of California in Davis, CA. Additionally, the platform has been under evaluation by the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Quarantine & Africanized Honeybees (AHB) support is one of the specific design elements of the platform. The innovative weight change system performs autonomously in variable climates and delivers precisions of 1/10 of 1% of disposed mass. For a standard beehive of 25 lbs. in a variable climate this system can detect weight changes well under 50 grams!

This is an ideal solution for long-term climate exposed weight monitoring of any “shaped” hive or mass that cannot be moved or disturbed. With and adapter, the same innovative system can perform as a lysimeter and continuously monitor a large mass of soil or other matrix, while not restricting any fluid percolation through the sample.

Cyberkinetics promotes the benefits of geospatial informatics and survey by building collaborative relationships with information technology (IT) infrastructure. Quality Assurance (QA), Quality Control (QC), and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for agricultural operations are facilitated through a comprehensive and integrated regulatory oversight mission. Building a win-win bridge to teams that can benefit directly from this concept and provide valuable development feedback and commercialization mentorship, are our key objectives.


QUICK LINKS

Live Stream @ StephensApairy.com

Archive of YouTube Live Streaming @ StephensApairy.com


24 hour - Live Hive Entrance View (platform credentials required)


Hivelogger Executive Summary PDF Document

General Hivelogger History PDF Document

(Intro and pics from early 2006, UC Davis BigBang, EAS 2012 Vermont, WAS 2014 Montana, Krakow 2015 through YouTube Beta)

Stephen A. Engel CV PDF Document


Stephen A. Engel - publications, contributions, and references :

United States Patent (USPTO) Allowances

US8771035 PDF Document - Apparatus for continuous weight monitoring of beehives

US8419501 PDF Document - Apparatus for continuous weight monitoring of beehives


Additional Applications Pending

Solution for automated bee colony weight monitoring, Agronomy Research 15(2), 585–593, 2017

PDF Document AgronomyResearchVol15nr2_2017


Are Honeybees Musicians? , The Journal Bee Culture June 2012

PDF Document The Journal Bee Culture June_2012

Colony Signaling from June 2012 Article

WAV Audio File - The Journal Bee Culture June 2012


A method for observing the vibroacoustic and seismic activity in a beehive , The Journal Bee Culture May 2011

PDF Document The Journal Bee Culture May2011

HiveSmack Audio File for May2011 Article

WAV Audio File - The Journal Bee Culture May2011


SPECIAL PROJECTS 2018-2019

Wood Duck Nesting Box #23 with a Wild Honeybee Colony

Recovery from Cosumnes River Preserve with The Nature Conservancy

Here are a few brief YouTube clips from this project:

https://youtu.be/KrS5JzVy4nc - 1st Day of Recovery

https://youtu.be/BuzTcN_qrfE - Apron of Bees

https://youtu.be/OdiBAEJ3Q6A - Propolis Welding


Some additional "honeybee" links:

University of Latvia - ITAPIC - www.itapic.eu

University Würzburg, Germany - Hobos - https://www.hobos.de/en/

NASA HoneyBeeNet - https://honeybeenet.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, USDA-ARS

Center for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER) UC Riverside - http://ciber.ucr.acsitefactory.com/

Randy Oliver - ScientificBeekeeping.com