Beehive Sensors

Sensors in beehives to monitor pesticides, air quality,
swarming tendency and bee strength.

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This will be an ongoing project to investigate the capabilities of sensors put inside beehives, while being as noninvasive as possible. The goal is to figure out what valuable information can be gathered from the sensor data, and how that information may be used to aid beekeepers.

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Edit: Some day… maybe…

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Erwan Velu wrote 05/21/2015 at 07:07 point

Beehives are not close to power supplies & network. would be nice to get something autonomous for power with local data transmissions .

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helge wrote 05/06/2015 at 21:43 point

related environmental quantities: Light (brightness, direction), temperature, humidity 

bee hive action: sound level, mass and its distribution,

inbound / outbound traffic + pollen intake (a machine vision job), perhaps microwave absorption to determine water content?

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Don R-Crenshaw wrote 04/02/2016 at 21:10 point

Mass and distribution of mass are the holy grail of hive monitoring. There doesn't seem to be a load cell at reasonable cost that can handle a 100% duty factor in varying environmental conditions. But if you knew the hive weight and could monitor it's changes over time, you'd be able to make better hive management decisions.

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helge wrote 04/02/2016 at 21:41 point

you sir gave me the craziest science project idea of the year! Stay tuned, either I'll pick it up in the upcoming 3-4 weeks or I'll write up the outline and set it free.

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