FAQ’s B-Hive Sensors

What is the B-Hive System?

The B-Hive System is a set of sensors that are installed inside and below of a beehive that read what’s happening with the colony, sends the data to the internet and provides to the user valuable information in the B-App.

The B-Hive System was designed to be installed and used by any beekeeper.

What’s inside a B-Hive module?

Each B-Hive Module (Stand alone version) is composed by the following set of sensors:
● Internal (Beehive) Temperature
● External (Beehive) Temperature
● Internal (Beehive) Humidity
● Weight
● GPS
● Movement

Is the data reliable?

Colonies work every day to make sure parameters like temperature, humidity and food are between a comfortable threshold for them. Our sensors measure these parameters every one hour and send the data to the internet. Our algorithms run these parameters and validate if any problem arises. If something is detected, beekeeper is immediately notified through B-App.

What kind of communication is required for B-Hive? What beekeepers need to do?

B-Hive relies on a cellular connection. We provide a system that relies on the best cellular operator  in the area of deployment. Beekeepers don’t have to worry about communications. The only thing they need to do is telling us the country of deployment and make sure that the apiary of destination has cellular coverage (2G or 3G).

What if there’s no coverage in my area of deployment?

Our system relies on 2G or 3G (depending on the continent), which has better coverage than 4G. Check with your cellphone if there’s coverage on your apiary. If the area still doesn’t have 2G or 3G coverage our system will not be able to communicate to the internet. Fortunately you’re still be able to use B-App software to register your operations.

How much space does the B-Hive Module take inside the beehive?

B-Hive Sensors (Stand Alone version) only requires users to install two small probes in the middle frames, namely the temperature and humidity probes. Users can arrange those probes any way they prefer inside the beehive, as long as they make sure the probes are in the middle frames of the bottom box.

The rest of the system is installed below the beehive, making sure it doesn’t ruin your operations.

Can I pair one B-Hive Module to more than one beehive simultaneously?

No. Each B-Hive module can only be installed in one beehive each time. You can change to other beehives, though, but you have to make sure you sync it with the new beehive. See more in the tutorial.

What’s the autonomy B-Hive module?

B-Hive relies on a solar panel and an internal battery to run the system. The solar panel makes sure that system never needs any other source of energy. In the event the solar panel never receives any light, the system can for run for 20 days straight on batteries only, which is not recommended because it damages the battery.

Is the B-Hive module waterproof?

The B-Hive system’s IP is 65 which rates as “dust tight” and protected against water projected from a nozzle.

Can I Remove the Battery?

No. All the internals are sealed and you should not open the enclosure in any situation. If you do that you lose the warranty.

Will my data be seen by others?

No. Definitely no. Only you can see the data from your bees.

Can I download my data?

Yes. You can download csv files of your colonies using B-App.

Is the Hive Monitor dangerous for bees?

No. The B-Hive System is sleeping most of the time. It only wakes up once every hour to read a few parameters for about 10 seconds and then returns to sleep.

Our system has been tested over years and there was no sign of harm for bees. Besides that, many studies have been performed about the impact of mobile networks on bees and no evidence of harmful effect was found.

Can I set my own alarms if I use a Hive Monitor System?

Yes, you can set your own alarms regarding temperature, humidity and weight (outside and in the beehive). Check the tutorials to know more about it.

What do I need to do when I make a treatment on my beehive?

Nothing. The system is prepared to handle the treatments for colonies.