Wireless Data Acquisition For Apiology Applications

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Luke Aldridge Rice (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/
Edwin Barry

Abstract: Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a disease affecting honey bee colonies, is a problem threatening the food security and economy of the entire world. Discovering the cause of CCD is particularly difficult because of the variety of colony locations and environmental variables. In addition, CCD instances do not tend to follow an easily recognizable pattern with respect to apiary conditions, which is exacerbated by the subjective nature of manual apiary data recording methods. Traditional monitoring methods are typically too expensive for wide-scale deployment and often require manual collection of the data, reducing the quantity of data available for analysis. A general wireless data acquisition system was designed to improve the quantity and quality of data and to explore general issues related to wireless data acquisition systems. The system was constructed using off-the-shelf -components to reduce cost. The acquisition system and data management tools were programmed using freely available tools and software. Beehive data are transmitted to the Internet wirelessly through the use of a cellular GSM modem. Results show that it is feasible to build an economical, general purpose wireless data acquisition system that can gather quality data for an Apiology application with similar capabilities to higher-cost contemporary systems.

Additional Information

Rice, L.A. (2013). Wireless Data Acquisition For Apiology Applications. Unpublished master’s thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2013
Wireless, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Internet of Things, Honeybee

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