Well, we finally went ahead and did it. We have ordered an Arnia monitoring system for our Flow hive. For those who don’t know, here is how the makers describe the system:
Arnia is unique in combing hive acoustics monitoring with other parameters such as brood temperature, humidity, hive weight and apiary weather conditions. We can monitor and interpret the sound of a bee colony to assess colony behaviour, strength and health. The hive data can be accessed remotely from any internet enabled device in any web browser.
We think it will supplement our physical inspections, but also give us data when we can’t get to the hives. I think it is going to be both fascinating and useful. I will post a step-by-step commentary here on our experience with it, from delivery, to installation and data gathering. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask. You know I am always willing to to try to answer them!