Digital Beekeeping 101

You have probably heard about Hive Monitoring technology. This is a part of a broader concept usually referred as Digital Beekeeping.

Digital Beekeeping adopts a systemic view of the beekeeping practice. It’s a coherent integration of a set of useful information for the beekeeper.

The four pillars

Generally speaking, digital beekeeping sits on four pillars:

  • the bee colonies, with its vital parameters
  • the environment, with meteorological and blooming events
  • the beekeeper, who observes and acts
  • the community, that opens the field for a deeper understanding.

Only when these four sources of information are linked can the system be approached as a whole. It then becomes possible to design relevant services.

  • Knowing the onset of a honeydew is useful information for the beekeeper. Being able to link it with the surrounding flowering and former blooming history is much better.
  • A hive with a declining brood temperature is annoying information pointing to a brood loss. Being able to link it with the beekeeper’s recent operations or with the dynamics of the neighboring hives is much better.

Provide actionable information

The ultimate goal of digital beekeeping is to provide the beekeeper with actionable information.

This means information that is quickly understandable because it is expressed in the jargon of the profession, contextual, relevant at the given moment and opening the possibility for an action or a remedy.

In this state of mind, commercial beekeepers have a new lever to optimize their operations.

As for backyard beekeepers, they can count on a guide to improve their practice, if they are initiating, or push their research and experiment further for the most curious of them.

In both cases the practice of beekeeping is transformed. It is more intense, more relevant and more precise.

A sixth sense

Digital tools do not keep the beekeeper away from nature. On the contrary, they provide a new way to better understand events that are unfolding too often far-off our five senses.