Short communication. Platform for bee-hives monitoring based on sound analysis. A perpetual warehouse for swarm apos;s daily activity

D. Atauri Mezquida, J. Llorente Martínez

Abstract


Bees and beekeeping are suffering a global crisis. Constant information on swarm
apos;s conditions would be a key to study new diseases like colony collapse disorder and to develop new beekeeping tools to improve the hive management and make it more efficient. A platform for beehives monitoring is presented. It is based on the analysis of the colonies buzz which is registered by a bunch of sensors sending the data to a common database. Data obtained through sound processing shows plenty of patterns and tendency lines related to colonies activities and their conditions. It shows the potential of the sound as a swarm activity gauge. The goal of the platform is the possibility to store information about the swarm
apos;s activity. The objective is to build a global net of monitored hives covering apiaries with different climates, razes and managements.

Keywords


APIS MELLIFERA; APICULTURE; HIVES; SOUND; ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING; REMOTE CONTROL

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DOI: 10.5424/sjar/2009074-1109