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Save your beehives with this super (mobile) tech

Tech is not only revolutionising the way bee farmers farm – but also helping safeguard against the threat colony collapse disorder. 

Nicole Crampton, 14 March 2017  Share  0 comments  Print

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Colony collapse disorder (CCD), along with an increase in the use of pesticides and a growing number of parasitic infections, are causing a decline in bee populations worldwide. Losing a percentage of your hive populations every year could cause your bee farm to close down all together. So, as global bee populations face further siege, it’s may be time for you to investigate how tech can be used as a tool for bee-keeping’s future sustainability. 

Related: What’s all the buzz around honeybees?


Andreas Nickel, a German-based SAP development project manager and recreational beekeeper, has invented a beehive scale that records the health of a hive and instantly alerts him if anything is wrong. 

Enter the beehive scale

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Inventor of the latest beehive scale, Andreas Nickel, knew that similar technology already existed and performed basic functions, such as indicating the amount of nectar bees collected, and indicating whether the bees had adequate food levels. But this technology was expensive, so Nickel decided to design a cost-effective alternative.

He believes that his tech will allow more bee farmers to ensure the survival of their hives and increase its health and productivity, increasing their competitiveness at the same time.

Nickel’s beehive scale can assist with the following:

  • Determine weight of the hive
  • Identify which hives are inhabited
  • Issues a warning to his devices when the technology detects anomalies
  • Alerts the farmer when food supply is running low
  • Alerts the farmer when the hive has tipped over
  • Alerts the farmer when the surrounding area is unsuitable for honey production
  • Alerts the farmer when the bees have moved on.

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Continual progress in technology

Chain-linking your beehives through the IoT can increase honey yield and maintain the overall health and wellbeing of the hives. Bee farmers could also collect more data on temperature and humidity in and around the hives. Further advances include additional sensors with the ability to monitor the effect of light and noise on the hive.

These features can enable you to determine the impact that elemental disruptions have on your bees’ natural habitat. This infusion of technology with the natural world will assist bee farmers around the world to exchange data and further improve their practices.

Tech presents a variety of possibilities to help improve the health and survival of the global bee population too. Because bees are so intrinsically linked to the food chain, it’s essential that you remain on top of how your beehives are functioning. The future of the world’s food security arguably lies in what happens to the globe’s bees over the next decade, so isn’t it time you used tech to bolster your business today?

Related: What’s all the buzz about? SA’s honeybees under threat


  • Andreas Nickel has created a cost-effective beehive scale to monitor the health of bees and assist him in increasing their productivity.
  • This technology can increase your bee farm’s competitiveness and profitability by enhancing your bees’ habitat.
  • Tech is continuing to play a role in the improved health and productivity of bees, as experts continue to use this innovation to discover further data about bees and their behaviour.
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