Commercially Available Hive Monitoring Capabilities
These sensor systems are available for purchase today. Most beekeepers will find them too expensive for ordinary use however, as they cost several times the value of the colony they are monitoring; nevertheless, they may be useful in special situations. If you are aware of a honey bee hive monitoring website that is not listed here, please contact us with that URL using the form on this website. We also appreciate notification of any URLs that are no longer functioning.
See also Monitoring Components / Sensing for more commercial technologies
Arnia’s state of the art remote hive monitoring system was designed by beekeepers for beekeepers. We have been monitoring bee hives since 2011 and our monitors are currently installed in hundreds of hives in 14 different countries. Arnia hive monitors enable you to receive vital information about your honey bee colonies, such as brood temperature, hive humidity, bee activity (foraging/flying/fanning) and hive weight.
A revolutionary product to remote monitor hives by measuring their weight using SMS technology accessible from any mobile phone. Company is in France. Website available in English, French, German and Spanish.
BeeWatch Professional Scale
Swienty Beekeeping Equipment. High Quality Beekeeping Equipment since 1981. Company is in Denmark. Website available in English, German and Danish. Swienty has recently added a weather station, a brood (temperature) sensor, and beecam to their monitoring offerings.
Hivemind is a nifty little box we’ve designed for you to remotely track how much honey is in your beehives. Monitor colonies in remote areas using satellite communications.
Colony foraging activity
Lowland Electronics develops and markets hardware products and services designed to study bee behaviour. The beecounters BeeSCAN, ApiSCAN and BumbleSCAN are some of their most known products. Company is in Belgium. Website is in English.
Anti-theft or vandalism
As honey bee products, such as Manuka honey, and services, such as almond pollination, become more valuable, beehive theft has become more of a problem. General purpose anti-theft GPS trackers, however, are not designed to address the specific circumstances of beekeepers and beehives.
- One product that is designed specifically for beehives is from Save-bees, a Greek company that offers apiary data transfer services, as well as protection from theft. http://www.save-bees.com/en/home-2
- Another product is Hive Sentry from Bee Alert. The patent is described here: http://www.google.ch/patents/WO2012020147A1?cl=en
- A third product, also a GPS Beehive tracking device for locating and recovering your hives is from: https://findmyhive.com
- BuzzTech offers a GPS tracker, Bluetooth ID tags, and video surveillance: https://www.buzztech.nz/security
- Hivemind also offers to “Track the location of your hives to within a 10-meter radius, from anywhere in the world, using satellite communication:” https://hivemind.co.nz/products/gps-location
- The Cyprus-based European Beekeeping Company, offers the ApiSafe GPS-based hive tracker: http://www.eurobeekeeping.com/products
- An RFID tag, embedded in the foam construction of the hive such that it cannot be detected externally, nor removed without destroying the hive, makes hive identification easy, even from a short distance.”
For detecting unauthorized hive movement, one might also consider some of the general purpose GPS tracking devices currently on the market. Such devices can be found on many websites, for example gpstrackingreview.com