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Overall methodology of establishing HIVEOPOLIS systems. The bio-hybrid system is composed of several components and functional modules that require distinct sets of methodologies. Its modularity, geometric configuration and structure provide an effective connectivity of different nest modules to the central core. The core component is an information hub for the larger HIVEOPOLIS collective and three types of interconnected nest modules. These modules function in distinct ways, therefore technological parts with specified sensing, monitoring and actuating facilities are strategically deployed to keep the information flow within the whole system. The bees’ movement across modules is controlled via operable gates both in case of evacuation and introduction of a second colony into a single HIVEOPOLIS unit.
This novel system is important to minimize disturbance and animal injuries/losses during hive manipulations, turning locally applied stimuli into an “in-hive traffic control system”.
Early prototype of an array of vibrations motors and heating elements that can heat up areas of a 3D-printed brood comb selectively (addressed by a multiplexer).
Visual larvae detection & classification
Hiveopolis Concept Drawing