What is i-bee system
One of the most important conditions for successful beekeeping – timely response to any external and internal changes in the apiary. Modern smart technologies come to the aid of beekeepers who can not always be present near the hives, but do not want to risk their favorite business. One of these technologies is the smart apiary control system from all over the world i-bee from the Ukrainian company IT INNOVATIONS.
How does i-bee work?
A set of equipment and a mobile application form a unified system for tracking the status of the apiary from anywhere in the world. All indicators are monitored and recorded by sensors that are installed on each hive. Their installation does not provide for special skills or abilities, everyone can do it on their own, following the instructions that are attached.
Information from the central unit is scheduled every 15 minutes via the radio channel to the base station, from which data is sent to the server via the GSM network every hour. In the new part of equipment, data transmission will not be through the radio channel, but through LORA (which provide low power consumption and guaranteed to increase the range of up to 1 km), also in devices are optical sensors which will fix the opening hives. At the first need the beekeeper having connections to the network and using the application on a smartphone, can access the indicators of the state of the hives. If emergency events occur in the apiary, for example, a motion sensor is triggered then this data is transmitted out of schedule as an instant notification.
The application on the smartphone allows you not only to track the status of the hives, but also greatly facilitates the management of all cases related to beekeeping. The built-in diary allows you to enter the performed operations separately for each hive or at the same time for the entire apiary, add reminders, schedule any events, keep records of consumables, statistics and assign tasks to subordinates. Built-in diary allows you to enter the performed operations separately for each hive or at the same time for the entire apiary, add reminders, schedule any events, keep records of consumables, statistics and assign tasks to subordinates.
What data can track the system “smart apiary”?
Each central unit and scales (up to 200 kg, with the possibility of modification up to 400 kg), which are installed on the hives, have a sensor system that with high accuracy monitors the sound spectrum of bees, the temperature and humidity inside the hive, its weight. Also the central unit is equipped with a motion sensor, which instantly notifies the system of any operations with hives. Having equipped the apiary with the i-bee system, the beekeeper has the ability to quickly respond to any changes on his farm:
- Having information about weather conditions in the apiary and temperature conditions inside the hive, it is possible to establish a comfortable stay of the bees throughout the year and prevent diseases and insect death in the event of abrupt climatic changes
- Data on the level of sound in the hive allows you to control the behavior, mood and physical condition of the bees. The sensor records all changes and, according to the spectrum and strength of the sound, the beekeeper can decide whether to interfere with the life of insects
- Current information about the weight of the hive prevents spontaneous eating of honey by bees, helps to fix the increase in the amount of honey and keep statistics on the increase in the product depending on the season and the geographical location of the hive
- Motion sensor protects the apiary from damage, destruction and theft, because it instantly reports any unauthorized movements of the hives, breaking and interfering with the life of bees
The i-bee equipment system and mobile application is a product that greatly facilitates the business of beekeepers. Now, to be sure that the apiary is still and well-functioning, you do not need to be present at close proximity or to hire personnel to constantly monitor the condition of the hives and bees. The sensors function autonomously from batteries whose capacity is enough for one year. Ease of installation, ease of use and a list of the advantages that the i-bee system provides is the opportunity to enjoy your favorite business with a lot of time and fuss.