Hive monitorThanks to a second round of Rocket Grant funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation, administered by the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art, Haven has developed a hive monitor prototype that can wirelessly transmit data from internal hive sensors to Haven’s website.

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Haven’s sensors began gathering data in a hive at the Kansas City Zoo on August 24 2018. The device hardware and software were developed with help from a computer engineer at Hammerspace Community Workshop in Kansas City and New York based data scientist John Donich. Here is the link to the realtime hive data

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The new sensor is situated near the edge of the honeycomb inside the hive to monitor ambient internal temperature. The computer circuitry is installed under the hive lid and is powered entirely by solar panels on the roof. This means the sensor can be situated  off grid while its antennae connects it to area cellular towers to automatically transmit data to Haven’s server. The information is then logged into an archived database and run through visualization software before being made public. Developing the new hive monitor means that we can better track individual hive activity and generate layers of data viewable in a variety of graphical formats. When all 1000 hives are installed we’ll track them all in real time and eventually be able to look back over years of data to uncover patterns associated with hive health and environmental conditions.

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In addition to the measurements gathered by the internal sensors, every Haven hive functions as a sampling station. Using a ladder to catch a few bees at the hive entrance, any hive in the network can provide samples of honeybee DNA or local pollen for scientists to test for environmental pollution such as pesticides or other chemicals.

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