The Bee Informed Partnership Hive Monitors Portal can be paired with the Sentinel Apiary Program to provide comprehensive colony metrics; however, the portal is also a stand alone program that allows for continuous collection from a suite of sensors that help inform beekeepers of nectar flows, dearths, swarms, potential starvation, and ambient temperature and humidity.
The Bee Informed Partnership has partnered with a number of designated “BIP Ready” hive monitor manufacturers which allow users to automatically forward their scale data to the Bee Informed Partnership. For a list of scales that our team has tested, with reviews, to integrate with our BIP database. Users can annotate and produce reports of their data via the BIP Research Portal. The Hive Monitors Public Map allows scale users to publicly share their data with the broader beekeeping community.
Anyone can purchase a hive scale and share data to our BIP Hive Scale Map. This becomes especially powerful when paired with colony health information collected through the Sentinel Apiary Program. If you wish to join Sentinel and include a hive scale, please see the following list of “BIP Ready” scales!
Supported hive scale vendors for the Hive Monitoring:
Below is a list of hive scales that have been validated by the Sentinel Hive Scale Team (deemed Bee Informed Ready™) to be able to integrate with BIP. In each of the links below we have reviewed the scales, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages associated with each product:
The Bee Informed Ready logo indicates that a scale manufacturer has allowed our team to evaluate a scale’s functionality (including setup, integration with the BIP API, transfer of data, accuracy), long-term (usually a month) performance and robustness in a working apiary. Once the scale has been vetted and any critical issues resolved, BIP will add the vendor and product information to the list of vendors on the BIP website. The vendor will also be provided with the “BIP Ready” branding kit and guidelines for use in their promotional activities.
If you have any questions about Bee Informed Partnership’s Hive Monitors Portal feel free to get in touch using our contact form.