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About Arnia

Arnia is staffed by bee-keeping enthusiasts who bring state of the art remote monitoring of the hive environment to the understanding and maintenance of bee health. We are unique in combining environmental sensors with acoustic analysis within a single device and returning collected information in real time to the bee-keepers home computer or smart phone. Arnia’s unique technology is subject to a pending patent application.

It is Arnia’s ambition, in collaboration with research partners and our customers to develop breakthroughs in understanding of bee populations that will majorly improve the crucial symbiosis of humans and bees. We believe Arnia already owns the largest database of bee behaviour of any company in the World.

Arnia’s ambitious objectives are:

  • To establish our monitors as essential tools of each and every beekeeper in the World.
  • To constantly improve the scope, quality and relevance of our monitors to the craft of bee keeping.
  • To supply / partner with all research institutions or companies who share Arnia’s aim of improving the health and well-being of the Worlds’ bees.
  • To establish strategic research partners and funding to drive the collection and interpretation of agglomerated data from our growing base of monitor users.
  • To be forever vigilant of opportunities to use our data or equipment to further the understanding and appreciation of bees importance to our ecosystem.

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arnia hive monitors

Can you imagine being able to assess the state of your bee hives using your iphone or laptop from the comfort of the kitchen table while eating your toast in the morning? Or from the other side of the world? Or being able to check that the queen is still OK following an inspection without having to make a return trip to the hives? Sounds incredible?

System Overview

Arnia remote hive monitors will enable you to monitor the status of your honey bee colonies from any Internet enabled device such as a smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac computer. You can check the state of your hives from the comfort of your home, from the train on your way to work or even when on holiday abroad. The system operation is described below, also see our FAQs.

Hive Monitors

One Hive Monitor is fitted to each hive to be monitored. Depending on the monitoring package chosen this measures hive temperature, hive humidity, brood temperature, hive acoustics (flight noise, fanning noise and hive activity). It also detects if the hive is moved or knocked over. The monitor is a small black box only 15mm thick and is easily placed either just inside the hive entrance below the brood frames, mounted to a dummy board or fixed to the front of the hive above the entrance. It is powered by 4 x AAA batteries and transmits the data collected wirelessly to a Monitor Gateway.

Monitor Gateway

One Monitor Gateway per apiary is located within 30m of the bee hives that are fitted with hive monitors. This collects both metrological data at the apiary and data from all hive monitors and transmits it to Arnia’s secure central server for storage and analysis. The Monitor Gateway is battery powered and has its own transmission capability using the 2G GPRS network. No power or WiFi is required in the apiary.

Access Data via Internet Enabled Device

Log in to your personal account from any internet enabled device to access data on your hives through the Arnia User Interface. No additional software is required. The data is presented with clear, easy to read graphics so you can see at a glance the current situation in your hives. Access to current and historical values enables you to generate graphs for selected periods thus allowing trend observation and comparative analysis of data within a colony as well as between different colonies.

User Interface

Once logged in to the User Interface you will be greeted by the Hive View which shows the current status of each hive you are monitoring:-

Below each hive the signal strength and battery level of each Hive Monitor is displayed. The cluster of bees above each hive reflects that hive’s activity or strength. The readings from sensors are displayed in the appropriate icon on any given hive. Positioned along the top of the hives, the weather bar displays the weather conditions at the apiary. If you have the standard system this will only display the ambient temperature. If you have purchased the Arnia Weather Pack the weather bar will also include icons for rainfall and sunshine.

The icons on each hive display current readings from the Hive Monitors. The icons on the hive will vary depending on what monitoring package you have purchased, but can include:-

You can access historical readings from any of the sensors by simply touching or clicking any of the sensor icons. This opens the relevant graph for that sensor thus allowing trend observation and comparative analysis of data within a colony as well as between different colonies. Below are some sample graphs from hives monitored in Arnia’s apiary.

A slider bar along the bottom of the graph allows you to zoom in on time period that is of interest, this could be the previous 24 hours or several months. This graph shows temperature readings from one hive.

Compare different data from a single hive
Another sensor from the same hive can easily be added to the graph by clicking on the relevant icon for that hive. This graph shows hive temperature, brood temperature and hive humidity for 1 hive. (Note the stable brood temperature and variable hive temperature)

 Compare data from different hives
In the same way, a sensor reading from other hives can easily be included on the same graph for comparison. This graph shows hive humidity compared on three different hives. Note one hive is showing higher humidity than the other two.

 

Frequently Asked Questions :

Q.     Is a power supply needed in the apiary?
A.     No, the Hive Monitors and Monitor Gateway are battery powered.

Q.     What batteries are required?
A.     The Hive monitor uses 4 x AAA batteries. The Monitor Gateway uses 4 x D Cell batteries. The equipment is supplied with batteries installed.

Q.     How long is battery life?
A.     The Hive Monitor batteries will last  approximately 3 – 4  months and the Monitor Gateway batteries about 6 months.Battery power status for the Hive Monitor and Monitor Gateway is displayed on the system.

Q.     How big is the hive monitor?
A.     The hive monitor is a small flat rectangular black box 15cm long x 6 cm wide x 1.5cm deep

Q.     Where is the Hive Monitor positioned?
A.     There are 3 alternative positions for the hive monitor:-

  • Just inside the hive entrance on the hive floor below the brood frames
  • Attached to a dummy board
  • Attached to the outside of the hive just above the entrance

Fitting instructions are supplied with the system.

Q.     Will the Hive Monitors work with any type of hive?
A.     Yes, the hive monitors can be fitted to National, WBC and Top Bar hives. They also work with wooden, plastic and polystyrene hives.

Q.     Where is the Monitor Gateway positioned?
A.     The Monitor Gateway can be placed up to 30 metres away from the hives but we would recommend within 10-15 metres as optimal as this conserves battery life when communicating between units.

Q.     Are the monitors affected by pylons or radio masts?
A.     These have no effect as our monitors operate on a different frequency.

Q.     Do I need to have WiFi coverage in the apiary?
A.     No, the Monitor Gateway has its own transmission capability. It uses the standard 2G mobile network (GPRS).

Q.     Will I need mobile phone coverage at the apiary?
A.     Yes, you will need 2G network coverage at the apiary. However it is not necessary to have 3G coverage. In areas of weak 2G coverage it is possible to add an antenna to the Monitor Gateway to boost the signal.

 Q.     Which operating system does the system use?  
A.     The system is independent of operating system/hardware. It works in any web browser on any internet enabled device. No special software is required. It can be used with a PC or Mac Computer, iPhone or Android phone, iPad or tablet.

Q.     What maintenance is required?
A.     The units are very low maintenance. The batteries will need changing every 3 -6 months. The hive monitor may need occasional cleaning of propolis. Also if you have the Beekeeper Pro system fitted with a humidity sensor then this will also need cleaning to keep it clear from propolis.

Check the status of your hives on any internet enabled device 

Arnia hive monitors enable you to receive vital information about your honey bee colonies, such as brood temperature, hive humidity, bee activity (foraging/flying/ fanning) and hive weight. Our monitors provide a unique insight into hive conditions and bee behaviour which will help you to maintain strong, healthy and productive colonies. Key benefits include:

  • Theft alert: Automatic email/SMS alert if a hive is picked up and moved.
  • Hive knocked over: Email/SMS alert if a hive is knocked over enabling you to take immediate action and save the colony.
  • Hive Humidity: Monitor humidity levels throughout the year. Identify if a hive becomes too humid and needs ventilating.
  • Colony development: Track spring build up and colony development. Compare build-up between different colonies.
  • Hive activity/foraging: Monitor hive activity and identify weak/low levels of activity and foraging. Compare hives; identify which colonies get going first/last in the morning .
  • Queen mating: Identify when a virgin queen has started laying without having to open the hive.
  • Queen status: Identify when the queen has stopped laying and the colony has become broodless.
  • Swarm management: Identify changes in conditions and behaviour that indicate a potential swarm.
  • Winter monitoring: Remotely monitor hive temperature and hive humidity throughout the winter. Identify winter flying and colony strength.
  • Hive weight: Map the nectar flow, receive email alerts when the supers are full or winter store levels are low. Arnia Hive Scales are required to monitor weight. See our hive scales page for more information. 
  • Apiary Weather conditions: Track rainfall, temperature in the sun and shade at the apiary. Directly compare weather data with bee activity and other readings from the hive monitors. The Arnia weather station is required to obtain additional weather data.

The data is presented with clear, easy to read graphics. Access to current and historical values enables you to generate graphs for selected periods thus allowing trend observation and comparative analysis of data within a colony as well as between different colonies.  Watch the demonstration videos of our user interface below.

Please contact usif you would like to receive a data sheet and full price list.

Video 1: Features and benefits of using Arnia’s hive monitoring system.

How Arnias hive monitoring system can help a beekeeper monitor: theft and vandalism, hive humidity, foraging, nectar processing, colony development, brood status, identify when a queen starts/stops laying, bees robbing, swarm management, apiary weather conditions and winter monitoring. The user interface can be viewed from any internet enabled device.

Video 2: Monitoring brood temperature using Arnia’s bee hive monitoring system

How monitoring the brood temperature in your honey bee hive can alert you  when your bees become broodless or when a virgin queen starts laying.

Video 3: SMS and email alerts overview 

SMS and/or email alerts to inform beekeepers of theft, hive too humid, broodless, queen started laying, need to add super, honey super full, start and end of nectar flow, extreme weather conditions at apiary

Bee hive monitoring is in its infancy; however as the base of monitor users grows and the volume of data increases so will our ability to identify new bee health and behaviour indicators.  By monitoring your hives, not only will you gain a completely new insight into status of your colonies, you will also benefit from the collective growth in knowledge over time:-

  • Receive free software upgrades and new monitoring features as the data base grows and develops.
  • Participate in a forum with other beekeepers that are monitoring their hives, exchanging experiences, sharing data and hints and tips on how to get the best from your monitors.
  • Input directly into the pooled knowledge base that could help improve the health and well-being of honey bees.

What our customers say

Since installing the monitors I have not been disappointed. The monitors do what they say on the tin. It is very comforting to simply check on the bees well-being by logging in. The amount of data the monitors produce is amazing and I am looking forward to comparing the data year on year to monitor tends in behaviour. Dealing with Arnia has also been a joy. They have given me superb customer service, advice and knowledge. Arnia are all about the Bees welfare and there product and ethos strongly reflects this.

Nigel Sweeney, Bishop Stortford Beekeepers Association

 

I had a colony with a failing queen and very little brood. I removed the queen and introduced a new mated queen. After three days the brood temperature started to rise and after 6 was back up to just below 35C. Without disturbing the bees I was  able to tell that the new queen had been accepted and was laying.

Mary Hill, Beekeeper

 

The Arnia system allows easy monitoring of your hives, it can give you an idea of what the bees are doing and when. It does not obviate the need for inspections, but reduces the frequency of necessary disturbance of the hive

John Cooper, Beekeeper

 

 As a local bee association we are still looking at the best ways to make use of the large amount of Information generated by these monitors. They are a very useful tool for keeping track of temperature and activity in the hives for our swarm control and our queen rearing programs.  In these days of hive rustling the theft email warning is very reassuring.  This new technology and still being developed and improved which makes the personal availability of the Arnia team invaluable.

Beekeeper, Newbattle Beekeepers Association