Honeybees, which play an essential role as pollinators, have suffered a significant decline in recent years. Different types of sensors, including acoustic, chemical, vision, mass and temperature, can provide important information to assess their well-being. However, a multi-modal sensor system would need to be economical and affordable in order to be used on a large scale, including by less wealthy farmers or beekeepers. We present details of a low-cost sensor network system to allow the continuous monitoring of honeybee hives in a non-invasive manner, discussing its advantages relative to other existing systems for the same purpose, and initial results from the deployment of such a system in four hives.
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