An integrated bee monitoring system for monitoring bee colonies in a hive is described. The system has a central microprocessor, at least two input transducers and at least two output signals. Input transducer include sensors which report the status of the colonies including colony weight, temperature, and relative humidity. A bee counter can also be included in the system to indicate colony activity. A bee counter is disclosed which uses an amplifying, multiplexer hysteresis an debounce circuitry to enable rapid and accurate polling of a single passageway. Information collected can be retrieved by read-out or liquid crystal display. Alternatively, information can be retrieved by telephone line or wireless communications. The bee monitoring system also can remotely control peripheral devices such as feeders or chemical samplers.

Title
Honey bee monitoring system for monitoring bee colonies in a hive
Application Number
10/631175
Publication Number
20040077290
Application Date
July 30, 2003
Publication Date
April 22, 2004
Inventor
Robert T Etter
Missoula
MT, US
Steven D Rice
Victor
MT, US
Robert A Seccomb
Missoula
MT, US
Jerry Bromenshenk
Missoula
MT, US
Agent
Saliwanchik Lloyd & Saliwanchik PC
MT, US
Agent
Jean Kyle
MT, US
IPC
A01K 47/00
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