Progress Towards an Intelligent Beehive: Building an Intelligent Environment to Promote the Well-being of Honeybees

Donald Howard, Gordon Hunter, Olga Duran, Demetrios Venetsanos

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Honeybees are not only important for their production of honey but also, and more fundamentally, they are almost certainly the most effective pollinators of crops. However, there is strong evidence that the honeybee is under threat. Various factors, including parasites, bacterial and fungal infections and pesticides have been suggested as causes of this. In this project, we aim to promote bee well-being by encouraging bees to live more naturally, and propose an 'intelligent beehive', equipped with an array of appropriate sensors, to allow the continuous monitoring of conditions in the hive in a non-invasive manner. In this paper, we discuss the issues surrounding bee welfare and decline, present our innovative hive designs and some preliminary results and analysis, concluding with future work we plan to carry out, collecting & analysing data from a range of hives equipped with a much broader range of sensors, including a discussion of our equipment and methodologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 12th International Conference on Intelligent Environments, IE 2016
EditorsStefano Chessa, Gordon Hunter, Tiina Kymalainen, Stefan Poslad, Stuart Middleton, Tony Huang, Antonio Coronato, Juan Carlos Augusto, Simon Egerton, Rui Loureiro
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781509040568
ISBN (Print)9781509040575
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference on Intelligent Environments - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Sep 201616 Sep 2016
Conference number: 12


Conference12th International Conference on Intelligent Environments
Abbreviated titleIE 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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