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colony # 437











Facts

family: apidae
genus: apis
species latin: apis mellifera
subspieces: apis mellifera carnica
species english: honeybee
colony in: hive nr 3 - the monitored hive
introduction to the garden: 2011-05-04
through: swarm
colony purchase address: OKNO (2nd swarm from the topbar hive)
queens' birthday: 2011-05-01
queen purchase date: queen came from a swarmcell in the topbar hive
more info link: http://193.93.114.238:8090/?action=stream

Observations



data visualisation
date: 2011-06-09
Finally we have the data processed and they are nicely visualized on top of the livestream.
2 x temperature, humidity and Co2. Temperature and humidity outside.






inside the hive
date: 2011-05-14
We've got a swarm on the 4th of may, coming from the african topbar hive. It's a rather small swarm, so the building is not too fast. We gave the bees some extra food to have more energy for the waxmaking.
On the pictures can be seen the result of 1 week building.










adding more electronics
date: 2011-04-03
We added 2 temperature sensors inside the hive, and also a humidity sensor and a Co2 sensor.
The temperature outside the hive, and the humidity outside are also monitored in order to compare with the inside.
All data are sent in realtime over the internet and over the local network.
The data are also used for the calculations of the TIK server.





adding the electronics
date: 2011-04-02
We added 2 temperature sensors inside the hive, and also a humidity sensor and a Co2 sensor.
The temperature outside the hive, and the humidity outside are also monitored in order to compare with the inside.
All data are sent in realtime over the internet and over the local network.
The data are also used for the calculations of the TIK server.













setting up the beehive
date: 2011-03-30
For the bee monitoring project, we ordered an observation beehive, Dant-Blatt, and we modified the hive further on. We've put the 2 middle frames of the broodchamber together and we've added a plexi box to house the 2 logitech webcams. We adjusted the top of the middle frames to hide the 2 temperature sensors, the humidity sensor and the Co2 sensor. Further on, we made a slit at the bottom of the topbar, to fix a piece of wax so that the bees can continue to build comb in a more or less straight way.













the preparations
date: 2011-02-03
We decided to build a beehive which we can monitor in real time onine. Therefore we organized several expert meetings, during which beekeepers, artists and engineers discussed the possibilities of hive designs and integrated technology, to build the an enhanced hive without disturbin the bees.

The first session is a workshop in which we try to understand the distributed intelligence of social insects (here a bee colony) : their behaviour, ecology and sociobiology. By monitoring the bees and beehives with all kinds of sensors, we study the colony as a community. We will document this research with all kind of media (photo, film, audio, text, code) and we will use the extracted data to make artworks based upon the bees behaviour over time. We try to connect nature and technology in a new relationship of interconnections.
The purpose is to develop a device that can serve for bee-monitoring in an extended network (local & international). We want to offer the observation-data online in realtime via a dedicated server, and we want to be able to compare the data forthcoming from different beehives.