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GSM monitor of bee hives VILKO 2

is based on specific requests and practical needs of beekeepers. Its main purpose is the measuring, processing, saving and consequential transmission of currently measured data to the user through GSM connection (mobile telephone network) without the need to personally visit the place, or apiary, where this device is installed. VILKO 2 is designed for installation under so-called reference hives. The beekeeper then uses the measured data to improve the work and early assurance of essential work in the apiary. Simultaneously, the monitor secures the hive and apiary against intruders, with optional addition of a siren.

It is possible to attach two more platform scales without electronics to VILKO 2.

VILKO 2 automatically measures, saves and sends the following information:

  • Weight  – measures the weight of hive/hives
  • Temperature
    • Weight  – Weighing beehive, or weighing beehives 
    • EST sensor – to measure temperature inside the hive (the length of the cable is 3m, depending on placement of the sensor)*
    • compound ESTH sensor – to measure the outside temperature (the length of the cable is 3m, depending on placement of the sensor)*
  • Humidity – compound ESTH sensor measures the humidity of the environment (the length of the cable is 3m, depending on placement of the sensor)*
  • Movement, collision – device (accelerometer) is able to detect movement or collision
  • Battery level – informs about the battery level
  • Alarm layouts – based on the set parameters, the device sends SMS alerts, or calls the cell phone

    * - depending on the equipment

Communication and settings is possible through SMS send to VILKO 02. Monitoring of the device is possible through received SMS, e-mails or Internet on the website. Basic parameters are set by SMS from any kind of cell phone.

All of the measured parameters, as well as alarm layouts are send to any type of cell phone through SMS and, in case of breaking the security, the cell phone number is called.

Transition of data to WEB server is possible by GSM data connection. http://www.operchip.com/beehive/

During activation of internet services, the user can monitor all the measurements, the current state, alarm messages and settings of the scale.

During the activation of e-mail, the user can through e-mail monitor regular information about the state and alarm layouts.

The accelerometer, which detects any type of movement (shift, collision) and informs the beekeeper about it, is a part of the scale. There is one input available (e.g. to connect the switch for opening the doors to the apiary with immediate SMS alert) no-potential output for bracing other devices (light, horn, phototrap, etc.)
The scale can be charged by built-in accumulator, or by an external one. Charging of the accumulator is possible through solar panel.

Main practical contribution for beekeeper:

  • Set the most convenient date for honey extraction.
  • Make better use of the height of bee-foraging season (possible to set multiple dates for honey extraction during the height of the season, or a one-time expansion of space inside the hive to store more honey).
  • Make use of the foraging season to harvest monofloral honey.
  • Inspection of the current state and progress of the forage at the location of apiary (increase/decrease of glycide supplies of honeybees).
  • Information about the current weather conditions at the location of apiary.
  • Inspection and security of the apiary against theft, vandalism or damage caused by wild animals.
  • Due to live-monitoring of mobile stall, the user can objectively determine the convenience of the location and get more objective information when deciding whether to move the hives to more prosperous location.
  • Alerts about swarming of the weighted honeybees.
  • Inspection of stored glycide supplies before over-wintering the honeybees.
  • Restrained disturbing of wintering bees.
  • Saving of shipping expenses.
  • Increase of work efficiency and the time of the beekeeper’s time during season.