miBeez integrates a beekeeping management module, a beehive monitoring module using sensor networks and a decision support module that provides advice and warnings to the producer, taking under consideration internal and external environmental conditions.
These three aspects are provided by relevant miBeez service modules covering all beekeeping activities and responding to emerging beekeepers’ challenges and problems.
miBeez is an integrated toolbox that could be used during all beekeeping activities to help beekeepers manage production, monitor colonies and get advice for optimal decision making, in order to improve quantity and quality of apiculture products, as well as reducing time, cost and efforts.
Unique selling points:
The key customers segments targeted by miBeez are individuals or entities who manage beehives (beekeepers and beekeeping businesses).
The system’s spatial structure consists of three main pillars, the APIARY, the BACK-END and the FRONT-END with the user. First of all, the apiary section includes the beehives which have installed devices such as beehive scales and devices that are monitoring in situ data. All the data are transferred and stored in a database to a cloud server via GPRS (i.e. use of IoT Data Sharing Service). Regarding the back end, it processes and manages data from the devices which are automatically registered in data base as well as “virtual hives” which are registered in the database manually (by the user). The latter is referred to the beehives that are not equipped with any device although beekeepers could register and furthermore add details by themselves at the same time or following apiary visits. The user is able to interact with cloud since he/she accesses all the collected data, statistics, etc., as well as he/she can adds notes, calendar etc. The front-end will be designed and developed in such a way to be operated through tablet, mobiles and PCs. The mobile app (Android and iOS) will be operated either there is internet connection or in off-line mode (last stored data are presented).
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Space assets are essential for an integrated precision apiculture (PA) system as they provide valuable spatial information to beekeepers. ‘miBeez’ uses significant space assets for the provision of PA products and services.
• Satellite Navigation:
GNSS sensors are integrated in the devices that are placed within the beehives. GNSS sensors automatically identify the coordinates of the apiary and beehives that then are be used to automatically determine the relevant location on the map.
• Satellite Earth Observation:
a) Maps: A GIS is integrated in the system for the maps component. Maps component assimilates weather data, apiaries locations and a reference map providing with spatial features derived from open geospatial and Sentinel satellite data.
b) Weather – current and forecast is integrated in the system. Weather current and forecast is illustrated on the maps component in order to indicate spatial aspects of weather phenomena in the foraging area. Weather earth observation satellites are used among other assets for the weather forecast provision with the highest possible accuracy and reliability.
c) Air quality: In order to anticipate the effect of phenomena as the disruption of scent signals, the system directly benefit from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), and specifically from the service “Global analyses of chemical species – ozone”, both for daily analysis, as well as forecasting.
The project miBeez is successfully completed by Dec 2020.
An extended pilot campaign took place around Greece for 4 months’ period engaging several beekeepers with different profile (e.g. hobbyist, companies, part time, etc.).
By pilot phase conclusion, miBeez team took under consideration all received feedback from beekeepers improving system’s characteristics and feature.
The system “miBeez” is already commercially available and it has been purchased by users in Greece and Italy.
Thematic AreaFood & Agriculture
Prime ContractorTERRA SPATIUM SA