HiveTool is a collection of readily available, off-the-shelf hardware and free, open source software to continuously monitor a beehive. Computerized hive monitors provide realtime graphs and historic data of weight, internal and ambient temperature, humidity and light levels which give the beekeeper a noninvasive view into the hive. Uses include:
Climate and Land Use Research
Education and Bee Science
- South Carolina Hive Instrumentation Project
- Visual Bee Counter
- To Do
- Colony Collapse
A scale hive (or bioserver) consists of a computer (desktop, laptop, router, SBC/SOC such as Raspberry Pi), which is used to record, display, and analyze data from sensors such as scales, thermometers, hygrometer, microphone, video camera. Listed below are readily available, commercial, off the shelf products that are currently in use or undergoing development and testing.