Keep in tune with your colonies using affordable technology.
The uWatch Cube is a powerful, AA battery powered, mobile phone based computer that includes a whole range of sensors.
The New Scientist reported that in the UK, due to climate change, spring begins around 2 weeks earlier than it did 50 years ago. Traditional calendar-based apiary strategies are obsolete and all the books that tell you what to do ”in January” really are no longer relevant. Observation is the key to good beekeeping.
- Security: Are you concerned about people or animals going into your Apiary or even that your hives may be stolen? If the Cube moves, or if anything moves infront of it you will be alerted in less than a minute on your smartphone (anywhere in the world), at the same time extra Bluetooth movement sensors could be checking for any movements of other hives or the gate into your Apiary
- Wax Production: Early in spring The Cube will tell you when the colony has “woken up” and if the Queen is laying, by reporting the change in temperature inside the hive, so you can immediately start feeding for wax production. Usually well before you think you need to do anything.
- Foraging: Position it close to the entrance and the PIR will detect when the bees start foraging, what the temperature is and even send you a picture. It will also spot mice and wax moth moving around in front of the entrance.
- Swarm Traps: Monitor activity inside swarm traps using the PIR motion detector and the mole traps outside using the Bluetooth tags.
- Winter Varroa treatment: Monitor the internal temperature of the hive and know when the temperature drops, as they have started clustering. This is one of the best times to treat for Varroa when there is no brood.
- Picture records: Routinely take pictures of your colonies using the App and store them on the system with descriptions and dates. Make notes against alerts and escalate them to other beekeepers.
- Extreme temperatures: Set maximum and minimum temperature warning (also useful in the greenhouse). If theses temperatures are exceeded, you will recieve an alert.
- Community: Use the uWatch management system to create your own local bee keeping community with a messaging system sharing information in real time with your local organiser.
- Settings: Change the configuration of The Cube, switch on the camera or change the temperature settings without having to open the hive
The main features of The Cube are:
- PIR Sensor – Detects any movement within a 135 degree angle
- Camera – Takes Date and Time stamped photos within a 135 degree angle
- Bluetooth ‘movement’ Sensor – If the cube is moved or knocked, you will be sent an alert
- Temperature Sensor – You can define a temperature range that if exceeded, you are sent an alert
- GPS – You can track your Cube’s location
For more information on The Cube, please visit ‘The uWatch Cube‘ page under ‘The System’ Tab
Bees don’t own calendars or read books or have thermometers. Get the facts about what is actually going on in your hives, straight to your Smart Phone and computer or tablet.