The honey bees are one of the most studied colonies by biologists. To better understand and to know more about the Colony Collapse Disorder, biologists are now monitoring the activities of the bees. They are also improving the monitoring systems to help in addressing the issue.
The New Monitoring System
One of the researchers is Oldooz Pooyanfar, a Graduate School student from the Simon Fraser University. He is monitoring more than 20,000 honeybees. These honeybees are living in hives located in the Cloverdale field.
Pooyanfar created a unique technology which can help study the communication between the honey bees. The technology she made can also detail the sounds within the hives.
This technology can help improve the knowledge of biologists and researchers about honey bees. Since the knowledge about these bees is critical, one wrong move and there will be a decline of at least 30% in the population of the honey bees.
How Does it Work?
The monitoring platform created by Pooyanfar is placed along the wall of the hive. It is also fitted with tiny sensors that contain microphones to help monitor the sound and the vibration flow.
Also, it can record temperature and humidity. This system enables the collection of data from the sound within the hives. It also tracks any abnormalities so the beekeepers can respond immediately.
Is it a Good System?
The smart monitoring system was tested and used to gather information last Summer with Worker Bee Honey Company located in Chilliwack. The artificial monitoring system helped improve the bee colony management.
The current method of the honey bee farm and company provides less detailed information. It also disrupts the activities of the bees every time the hive is opened for inspections.
With the new technology that the graduate school student created, they are also aiming to look at the pheromones that the bees produce and sounds. The system allows them to collect data real time and helped pinpoint something that the bees are doing.