(All image credits: Vincent Casey)
The major monitoring system components. A ‘gate’ system bee counter – counts bees going in and out. The hive heart which monitors temperature, humidity and sound in the brood box. The GSM unit connects via bluetooth with all the sensors and relays the data over the mobile network to the monitor servers. The scales is hidden underneath the ‘weather shroud’.
An aluminium shim was folded and screwed to the wooden scales runners holding the load cells in order to stabilise their configuration under the hive (a). The scales electronics module was placed on the aluminium shim (b) and the cables were taped to the shim to reduce play in the light cables (c). A heavy bathroom floor tile completed the scales ‘sandwich’, (d).
Web link to hive data: https://main.beehivemonitoring.com/e23614415b374d82b2c93a9ed7b191b8