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A Smart Sensor-Based Measurement System for Advanced Bee Hive Monitoring

Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Università Politecnica delle Marche, 60131 Ancona, Italy
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This paper is an extended version of our paper published in Terenzi, A.; Cecchi, S; Spinsante, S; Orcioni, S; Piazza, F. Real-time System Implementation for Bee Hives Weight Measurement. In Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry (MetroAgriFor), Portici, Italy, 24–26 October 2019.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Sensors 2020, 20(9), 2726; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20092726
Received: 5 April 2020 / Revised: 29 April 2020 / Accepted: 6 May 2020 / Published: 10 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry 2019)
The widespread decline of honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies registered in recent years has raised great attention to the need of gathering deeper knowledge about this phenomenon, by observing the colonies’ activity to identify possible causes, and design corresponding countermeasures. In fact, honey bees have well-known positive effects on both the environment and human life, and their preservation becomes critical not only for ecological reasons, but also for the social and economic development of rural communities. Smart sensor systems are being developed for real-time and long-term measurement of relevant parameters related to beehive conditions, such as the hive weight, sounds emitted by the bees, temperature, humidity, and CO 2 inside the beehive, as well as weather conditions outside. This paper presents a multisensor platform designed to measure the aforementioned parameters from beehives deployed in the field, and shows how the fusion of different sensor measurements may provide insights on the status of the colony, its interaction with the surrounding environment, and the influence of climatic conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: beehives monitoring; real-time monitoring; weight measurement; sound measurement; temperature and humidity measurement beehives monitoring; real-time monitoring; weight measurement; sound measurement; temperature and humidity measurement
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Cecchi, S.; Spinsante, S.; Terenzi, A.; Orcioni, S. A Smart Sensor-Based Measurement System for Advanced Bee Hive Monitoring. Sensors 2020, 20, 2726.

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