The OSBH Project
The Open Source Beehives Project is a network of citizen scientists that use sensor-enhanced beehives to identify the causes of and solutions to the decline in bee populations throughout the world. We believe that open source collaboration and open data are tools we can all use to directly address the pressing issues of the day.
By listening to the bees themselves, by monitoring hive audio signals, we are learning to identify the unique qualities within their sound and correlate them with hive states. For example, colonies that are about to swarm have unique audio signatures that we can identify. With custom hardware, you can monitor the activity of your hive remotely. The goal is to identify the unique sounds of hives that are in a near-collapsed state, so that we can correlate those signals as effects of the hypothesized causes. We also want to give you advanced warning that your bees are in danger, so that you can intervene and possibly save the colony.
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We’ve developed five pieces of open technology that we use:
The Colorado Top Bar & the Barcelona Warre beehives are open source, flat pack, snap fit hives that respect natural beekeeping principles to create ideal conditions for your bees. Buy them from us or make them in your local Fab Lab or maker space.
The Field Data Logger is used to gather pristine audio and video data from beehives, and we use this information to train the classification algorithm used to detect what state your bees are in.
The Beehive Classification Algorithm analyzes hive audio signals, identifies unique properties in the sound, and correlates them with a growing list of beehives conditions like swarming, wax moth invasion, or even catastrophe (theft or invasion).
The Buzz Box Hardware is a custom designed board that can be noninvasively installed in your hive. It tracks external and internal temperature and humidity, barometric pressure, battery charge, hive vibration, and it has a high fidelity microphone. It is solar powered and streams the data via WiFi or GSM to your smart phone application.
The Buzz Box Application is a mobile app that can be used to remotely monitor your hive conditions. The system will automatically determine what your bees are doing and send you notifications if anything significant changes.
Hello. We're OSBH
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Fab Lab Barcelona