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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    Abstract

    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
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages262-265
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)9781509040568
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-4057-5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2016
    Event12th International Conference on Intelligent Environments - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 14 Sep 201616 Sep 2016
    Conference number: 12

    Conference

    Conference12th International Conference on Intelligent Environments
    Abbreviated titleIE 2016
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityLondon
    Period14/09/1616/09/16

    Keywords

    • beehive
    • honeybees
    • intelligent sensor network
    • monitoring
    • well-being

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Science Applications

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    Howard, D., Hunter, G., Duran, O., & Venetsanos, D. (2016). Progress towards an intelligent beehive: Building an intelligent environment to promote the well-being of honeybees. In Proceedings - 12th International Conference on Intelligent Environments, IE 2016 (pp. 262-265). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/IE.2016.60