Year 2022, Volume 7, Issue 3

Year : 2022
Volume : 7
Issue : 3
Authors : Aleksejs ZACEPINS, Vitalijs KOMASILOVS, Jans JELINSKIS, Niks OZOLS, Armands KVIESIS
Abstract : Beekeeping is one of the traditional branches of agriculture and honeybees are very valuable economic insects, as they are the main pollinators in the world. Precision beekeeping is a sub-branch of the precision agriculture, which combines information and communication technologies with beekeeping and is aimed at managing an apiary more effectively to minimise the bee colony losses. Real-time, remote monitoring of the colonies applying information and communication technologies (ICT) can help the beekeepers to detect abnormalities and identify different states of the colony. One of the trending information technologies is the Internet of Things (IoT), which helps to link remotely located objects with the web services and data platforms. This research presents the IoT approach in precision beekeeping for the remote bee colony real-time monitoring system using the IoT SIM card for the data transfer. The approach is tested in a real apiary located in Platone, Latvia. Five systems were installed and used for bee colony temperature and weight monitoring. For the data management MQTT protocol and interactive visualization web application Grafana were used. As an IoT SIM card provider company 1NCE was selected, which provided SIM cards for the evaluation purposes. In addition, system power consumption and data volumes were evaluated within this research. It was evaluated that the system can operate up to 40 days before the need for the battery change or charge. IoT SIM cards worked properly. Using this approach beekeeper was able to remotely monitor the weight gain of the colonies and decide when to move the colonies to a new location.
For citation : Zacepins, A., Komasilovs, V., Jelinskis, J., Ozols, N., Kviesis, A. (2022). Application of the internet of things in precision beekeeping in Latvia. AGROFOR International Journal, Volume 7. Issue No. 3 pp. 101-111. DOI: 10.7251/AGRENG2203101Z
Keywords : Precision beekeeping, smart apiary, IoT, IoT sim card, HIVEOPOLIS.
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