Arnia Remote Hive Monitoring System

Arnia Remote Monitoring for Bees

The honey bee has been around for millions of years. Around a third of the food we eat is estimated to be dependent on bee pollination. The world’s bees pollinate 70 of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world’s food, make thousands of tonnes of honey and contribute millions of dollars to the global economy. Honey is the only food produced by an insect that is eaten by man and is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life. Given the global environmental and economic value of honey bees, Arnia have developed a unique M2M monitoring application especially for bee hives.

Arnia Remote Hive Monitoring System

Arnia provides state-of-the-art remote bee hive monitoring for beekeepers, bee farmers and bee researchers. Currently installed in hundreds of hives in 14 different countries, Arnia is unique in combining hive acoustics monitoring with other parameters such as brood temperature, humidity, hive weight and apiary weather conditions. Arnia can monitor and interpret the sound of a bee colony to assess colony behaviour, strength and health. The hive data can be accessed remotely from any internet enabled device in any web browser.

Remote Hive Monitoring System Designed by Beekeepers for Beekeepers

Arnia hive monitors enable beekeepers to receive vital information about honey bee colonies to track and assess bee health and behaviour, such as brood temperature, hive humidity, bee activity (foraging/flying/ fanning) and hive weight. Arnia’s monitors provide a unique insight into hive conditions and bee behaviour to help maintain strong, healthy and productive colonies.

The data is presented with clear, easy to read graphics. Access to current and historical values enables time series analysis, trend observation and comparative analysis of data within a colony as well as between different colonies.

Arnia combines hive acoustics monitoring with other parameters such as brood temperature, humidity, hive weight and apiary weather conditions. By monitoring the sound of a bee colony it is possible to interpret and assess colony behaviour, strength and health. The hive data can be accessed remotely from any internet enabled device in any web browser.

The bee monitoring system also provides security alerts if the hive is moved, winter monitoring of hive health and humidity without the need to visit the apiary, as well as the ability to remotely monitor and log weather conditions at each site.

Reliable M2M Connectivity for Remote Monitoring Devices

The success of Arnia’s remote monitoring system is largely down to the reliability with which the monitoring devices maintain network connectivity in order to transmit their data. This can be a particular challenge in remote or rural areas – where bee hives are often located.

Arnia Operations Manager, Peter Sogorski says, “Some of the apiary sites that our beekeepers have can very often be on the peripheral edge of network signals. Sites are sometimes obscured by buildings or trees and this does affect signals locally.”

When the integrity of research studies and the health of the hives is at stake, bee researchers and bee farmers cannot afford to lose data packets as a result of weak or patchy mobile network signals which often occur in remote areas. PodsystemM2M provides a solution to this issue with the Best Signal Multi Network SIM, which automatically detects the best signal in an area when a device is switched on and switches to an alternate network if the signal is lost.

Sogorski continues, “We have been using PodsystemM2M SIMs since 2011. When they introduced their Best Signal Multi Network SIM we took a couple to try and were very pleased with the performance. Having the multi network SIMs means the connection will automatically switch to another network, should it be required.”

High Performance Data SIMs Across Europe and in the USA

Arnia have found the Best Signal Multi Network SIMs to be a reliable solution to ensure continuous connectivity throughout Europe. Sogorski comments, “We recently installed PodsystemM2M’s Best Signal Multi Network SIMs in our hive monitors on sites across Europe, in the UK, Germany, France, Poland and Hungary, where we were running major projects. The SIMs performed well and loss of network or data packets has never been an issue, even though some of the sites were quite challenging geographically.”

These SIMs also provide reliable data connectivity for remote monitoring applications throughout the USA. With comprehensive coverage in the USA on both AT&T and T-Mobile this represents a good option for any remote monitoring application. Sogorski says, “We have also started using the Best Signal SIMs in the USA and had no issues. They give the same reliability and continuity in their data transfer at our US sites as we get from them in the UK and EU.”

In addition to the reliable connectivity that the product provides, PodsystemM2M’s Best Signal Multi Network SIMs carry the advantage of flat rate data across Europe and the USA. This makes it easy for M2M companies who may be looking to expand their operations across the Atlantic, without the worry of increased data costs.  Sogorski concludes, “We find this competitively priced multi network SIM invaluable in both the EU and USA. Our system requires that we have reliability and continuity in our data transfer, as this is a critical part of our electronic bee monitoring system. The Best Signal SIMs provide controllable costs and reliable connectivity.”

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