miBeez is an integrated toolbox that could be used during all beekeeping activities to help beekeepers manage production, monitor colonies and get advice for optimal decision making, in order to improve quantity and quality of apiculture products, as well as reducing time and cost.
miBeez integrates a beekeeping management module, a beehive monitoring module using sensor networks and a decision support module that provides advice and warnings to the producer, taking under consideration internal and external environmental conditions. These three aspects are provided by relevant miBeez service modules covering all beekeeping activities and responding to emerging beekeepers’ challenges and problems. miBeez is an integrated toolbox that could be used during all beekeeping activities to help beekeepers manage production, monitor colonies and get advice for optimal decision making, in order to improve quantity and quality of apiculture products, as well as reducing time, cost and efforts.
Unique selling points:
‘miBeez’ is a precision apiculture system that integrates both devices and software competences to effectively manage and monitor all beekeeping business activities.
Decision support module facilitates effective decision making by using science to transform devices derived data to added value information. Moreover, it alerts on time the users in order to prevent beehive and resources losses and at the same time avoiding demanding and time-consuming data monitoring.
Production monitoring informs on time the users for the production status of beehives and furthermore provides relevant statistics in order to evaluate beehives development and dynamic status and past applied practices.
Beekeepers card and calendar enables easy note keeping and activities planning.
Statistics and reports enable beekeeping past and current conditions evaluation for an effective beekeeping business growth.
The system’s spatial structure consists of three main pillars, the APIARY, the BACK-END and the FRONT-END with the user. First of all, the apiary section includes the beehives which have installed devices such as beehive scales and devices that are monitoring in situ data. All the data are transferred and stored in a database to a cloud server via GPRS (i.e. use of IoT Data Sharing Service). Regarding the back end, it processes and manages data from the devices which are automatically registered in data base as well as “virtual hives” which are registered in the database manually (by the user). The latter is referred to the beehives that are not equipped with any device although beekeepers could register and furthermore add details by themselves at the same time or following apiary visits. The user is able to interact with cloud since he/she accesses all the collected data, statistics, etc., as well as he/she can adds notes, calendar etc. The front-end will be designed and developed in such a way to be operated through tablet, mobiles and PCs. The mobile app (Android and iOS) will be operated either there is internet connection or in off-line mode (last stored data are presented).
An extended pilot campaign took place around Greece for 4 months’ period engaging several beekeepers with different profile (e.g. hobbyist, companies, part time, etc.). By pilot phase conclusion, miBeez team took under consideration all received feedback from beekeepers improving system’s characteristics and feature. The system “miBeez” is already commercially available and it has been purchased by users in Greece and Italy.