Broodminder, the company that brought us affordable electronic devices to monitor the in-hive environment, has now given us a way to compare results with other beekeepers. BeeCounted.org is a site where Broodminder users can post their data for anyone to see and analyze.
The best part is there is no fee, no sign up, or no password to use BeeCounted.org. Just click the link. At the site you can find a map of participating apiaries and see graphs showing temperature, humidity, and weight trends for individual hives.
Although you don’t need a Broodminder device to use the information, you can sign up to participate at any time. Once you have a device installed, you can have your data sent to the site. For your privacy, hives are numbered and only general location information is posted. The official announcement is below.
BroodMinder Launches BeeCounted.org, a New Hive Information Sharing Site
Stoughton, Wisconsin, October 9. BeeCounted.org is a map-based public website where beekeepers and the general public can see the extensive data being collected across the country through BroodMinder products. This information will enable new insights into hive distress and help develop new interventions to improve outcomes. It will give researchers, clubs and backyard beekeepers alike the opportunity to examine a large, standardized data set from which to find solutions to common issues.
BeeCounted.org is the latest offering from BroodMinder, a company conceived by Rich Morris, a backyard beekeeper with a product design background. All BroodMinder products have been developed to address a huge issue that plagues beekeepers: how to get the best decision-making data to keep their bees alive.
“Our message is simple: every hive counts and BroodMinder products have been created to give you the reliable, consistent and trackable information you need. BeeCounted.org is the next logical step.” –Rich Morris
It all started simply when Rich was frustrated at losing bees in the Wisconsin winter. In many Midwestern states, more than 40% of hives were lost in 2016. The real issue is that it is difficult to resolve a problem that has no solid information from which to draw conclusions. From his experience working on medical products, Rich knew that the answer was to develop a system that gives you data that can be measured accurately, installed economically and shared widely.
Broodminder has created these devices using Internet of Things (IoT) interconnectivity principles: first, to measure hive temperature and humidity (BroodMinder-TH); second, to measure hive weight (BroodMinder-W). Continual testing all over the United States (with new sites coming on board every month) has enabled them to evolve the devices and their operation. So far, over 5,000 devices have been installed covering more than 1,000 hives with a reachable goal of over 10,000 devices by the end of 2017.