Bees play an important role in agricultural productivity through the contribution of the bees as pollinators. Beehives can be provided specifically to boost pollination in agriculture to achieve higher quality and higher quantity of production of crops and other agricultural products. Bee-keepers also maintain apiaries housing honey bees in order to produce bee products such as honey, pollen and beeswax. Production of bee products and pollination activities are affected by swarming and by infestations or other threats to the health of bees in the hive.
Techniques for automatically monitoring the status of a hive can provide great improvement to the efficiency and profitability of bee-keeping operations by reducing the number of times a hive was opened for inspection, and/or by reducing the number of hives requiring inspection upon a visit to a large apiary, and/or by reducing the number of hives requiring application of a specific medication (such as those developed to reduce varroa infestation), and/or by giving early alarms to the start of spreading of infectious diseases (e.g. foul brood).
PATENT APPLICATION NUMBER 1409807.3
Filing date 2 June 2014
Not yet published
Benefits and applications
- improve efficiency and profitability of bee-keeping operations
- provide early alarm of the spread of infectious diseases
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