Thanks to Rocket Grant funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation, administered by the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art, Haven is developing a hive monitor prototype that will wirelessly transmit data from hive sensors to Haven’s website.
Developing the new hive monitor means that soon we’ll be able to 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 look back over years of data to uncover patterns associated with hive health and environmental conditions.
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, pesticides or other chemicals.