Bees

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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:

  1. PIR Sensor – Detects any movement within a 135 degree angle
  2. Camera – Takes Date and Time stamped photos within a 135 degree angle
  3. Bluetooth ‘movement’ Sensor – If the cube is moved or knocked, you will be sent an alert
  4. Temperature Sensor – You can define a temperature range that if exceeded, you are sent an alert
  5. 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.

What you need to get started

The Cube™

The uWatch Cube is the battery or mains powered communications hub of the uWatch system.

It uses a cross network SIM and the 2G cellular network, which means it works in the most remote locations.

The Cube includes:

  • PIR Motion Sensor
  • Bluetooth ‘Shock or Movement’ Sensor
  • Temperature Sensor
  • GPS tracking
  • Camera

The ultimate companion for your smartphone that keeps an eye on the things you can’t. Whether that is simply for peace of mind or for monitoring and security applications

The Cube

Option 1
£238.80 incl VAT
(Includes 12-month SIM contract, all data and warranty)

Option 2
£24.00 incl VAT monthly
(Includes 24-month SIM contract, all data and warranty)

The Cube LL

(Contains Infrared LEDs for nighttime applications)

Option 3
£330.00 incl VAT
(Includes 12-month SIM contract, all data and warranty)

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Bluetooth “Loop” Tag

£30.00 Incl VAT

The Tag is a Bluetooth movement sensor that can extend your Cube’s capacity and monitoring range, approximately 50m in a clear line of sight.

One cube can monitor up to 10 tags at the same time. You can attach your tags to your bee hives using velcro coins, cable ties or screws, which we supply for every tag purchase.

If you have tags on numerous bee hives the Alert sent to your phone from the Cube will specifically identify which Bluetooth tag it came from. You can name your tags, therefore allowing you to identify the bee hive disturbed e.g. ‘Bee Hive number ……’

If you attach a “Loop Tag” to a bee hive and someone attempts to move it or just knocks it, with minimal force the movement sensor will ‘wake up’. If the bee hive falls or is blown over you will be alerted.

When a Tag is disturbed it broadcasts via Bluetooth for 30 minutes. Your cube will ‘wake up’ every 60 seconds to check whether any of the movement sensors have been disturbed.  If the Cube detects no movement it will ‘sleep’ to save battery. If it detects a sensor has been moved, the Cube connects to the GSM network and sends an alert to your phone within 90 seconds.

Dust and Splash Proof Housing for Cube™

£21.60 Incl VAT

Includes:

  • Waterproof enclosure for external applications
  • Mounting adapter which can be screwed or cable tied to a structure near your bee's to provide optimum coverage of numerous hives
  • Correctly mounting your Cube can improve communication between it and the Bluetooth movement sensors you may have on specific hives