In the recent decades, there has been an alarming rate of loss of honey bee colonies. Considering the important role that honey bee colonies play in crop pollination and preserving the environment, it is crucial to monitor the health of managed colonies. There is an increasing interest in continuous monitoring systems that can detect events in the colony, such as death or loss of the queen bee, the death of colony, etc. The purpose of this research is to design and implement a continuous monitoring system for honey bee colonies. Considering factors such as the effectiveness, cost, sensor placement, and known physiological behaviour of honey bees, a sensor array consisting of the following was developed: temperature, relative humidity, and sound. Furthermore, an algorithm is developed to process and analyse the collected data. The collective information gathered from these sensors and the ambient conditions are used to observe the state of the colony.
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Thesis advisor: Golnaraghi, Farid
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