BeeBIT e.V. is a Germany-based association which focused on the research of bees by creating a network of sensor-augmented beehives all over Europe. Based on the collected data, learning materials for teachers and students are provided for free. Learn more about the association here.
|A bee collecting nectar while pollenating a flower.|
In recent years, the death of a growing number of bee colonies gained public attention almost each year. In order to understand the complex ecosystem inside a beehive, beekeepers and scientists need to collect data at first hand.
|Temperature sensors between honeycombs.|
An eHive consists of a wooden beehive equiped with six temperature and one humidity sensor. A scale measures the hive's weight. Environment data is collected by an included weather station.
|Cut through the CAD model of an eHive, side view.|
The sensors are read out by an Arduino and the collected data is sent to a server that stores the data inside a database. For easy visualisation, a diagram viewer was developed.
|Data flow from the sensors inside an eHive to your screen. In the lower left corner the layout of the self-developed circuit board is shown.|
Here you find a table and a bit of information on why not all eHives send data.
|02||DEU-FKG-1||✓||0.2.1||scale not connected|
|04||ITA-FEM-1||✓||0.2.1||new name: AUT-WIS-1|
|06||ITA-FEM-3||?||0.2.2||new name: ITA-FEM-1, will be reactivated in 2019|
|07||ITA-FEM-2||?||0.2.2||humidity sensor defect, will be reactivated in 2019|
|09||SWE-EBS-1||?||0.2.2||permanently data only from weather station|
|10||SVN-2GM-1||?||0.2.2||will be reactivated in 2019|
|12||DEU-BGT-1||✓||0.2.1||relocated to Ochsenfurt (Germany), more coming soon|
|13||ITA-LFV-1||✗||0.2.2||will be reactivated in 2019|
|16||DEU-FDG-1||✓||0.2.1||only 5 temperature sensors built-in intentionally|
|17||DEU-LPG-1||✗||1.2||only 5 temperature sensors built-in intentionally|
Legend: completely functionable
temporarily out of order
permanently out of order
Updates every month. Last update: 2019-05-21