Bees are dying out and nobody knows why. There are many theories: parasites, pesticides, reduced hedgerows, overwork. What’s certain is that numbers are dwindling and they need all the help they can get, hence the idea behind Hivesense. By logging a few simple data points, such as temperature, humidity, light we can gain info about the environmental conditions in the beehive and relate them to its health.
The beehive logging hardware is an off the shelf prototyping tool called .NET Gadgeteer. By making the hardware simple and extensible we hope to get people interested in instrumenting their beehive and gaining a better understanding of the reasons for the dramatic global bee declines.