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Livestreams Beehive Wuerzburg

Live broadcast from the hive entrance
Live broadcast from the hive entrance
Live broadcast from inside the hive (brood box)
Live broadcast from inside the hive (brood box)
Live broadcast from inside the hive (floor)
Live broadcast from inside the hive (floor)
Live broadcast with a thermographic camera
Live broadcast with a thermographic camera

The Beehive

Measuring devices I

Life inside and outside the hive is monitored with an array of measuring devices.

A camera (1) at the hive entrance, which is able to see in the dark with infrared, allows one to observe all bees flying in and out of the hive. Another camera (2), again equipped with IR light, registers the weather and environmental conditions in the garden. The quick flying movements are displayed in color by a thermographic camera (3). All arriving and departing bees are registered with photoelectric barriers (4), which can detect the direction of movement. The entire weight of the hive and every deviation is registered by a fine weighing system. The brood box (6) contains the colony and further sensors and measuring devices. All measuring data except video data are stored on a recording device (7); the video data are uploaded onto a special server that is designed to play and record living pictures in real time (a streaming server).

1. Camera (hive entrance) with infrared (IR) light
2. Camera garden with infrared (IR) light 
3. Thermographic camera (hive entrance) 
4. Bidirectional light barrier at the hive entrance
5. Hive scale for weighing the entire hive 
6. Brood box  with sensors 
7. Recording device(Data logger HOBOS)

Measuring devices II

Temperature values are registered from 13 spots by means of temperature sensors (8); a combined temperature and humidity sensor (9) gives additional information about the humidity inside the hive. Two endoscope cameras (10,11) are focused on the interior of the hive. In addition to shedding light on this highly complex super organism, they also permit you to hear it.

For the endoscopic cameras, we use a light wavelength which is invisible for the bees. The natural behaviour of the bees can thus be observed under the total darkness in the hive - undisturbed by humans.



8. 13x temperature measuring sensors: 11 in between the frames, 1 towards the front side and one towards the back side of the hive.
9. Combined temperature & humidity measuring sensors
10. Borescope camera of the box with a microphone
11. Borescope camera of the hive bottom with a microphone