We use weather stations and sensors around our beehives to capture the immediate climatology around the apiary location. Without the weather station the closest information is only available from the Australian Bureau of Meterology’s facilities usually from a location that is so distant from the apiary as to be irrelevant. Sensors and data loggers capture hive temperatures, humidity and bee counts and are assembled using sensors and data loggers from manufacturers like Digital Matter, and Definium.
We monitor 25 percent of our colonies and track internal hive temperature, humidity, "smell" (basically the chemical signature of the pheromones inside the hive) and weight. We use equipment from Modusense - a New Zealand technology company. Our apiaries sites are typically set out as per the diagram below.
Imagery and Geospatial Data
There are many free geospatial data sources available to understand the nature of vegetation located in the 4-5 kilometres zone around each apiary. We use this information to undertake apiary site selection. We also use drones to conduct vegetation surveys to get a better idea of the immediate floral distribution in the vegetation categories identified in the geospatial data.