For several years I have been watching the evolution of these tiny Bluetooth trackers. The idea of tracking a stolen bee hive has always sparked some joy in me. Stingless bee hives in Australia are expensive and each one is a labour of love for both the maker of the hive and the keeper who has raised the colony of bees, not to mention all the hard work the bees have put in to building the hive. They become our pets! When someone steals a hive it is more than anything a heart pain of something sentimental going missing. Imagine being able to avoid this pain altogether and find your hive after it had been stolen. Well you can as I found out. Have a look in the video below to learn more about how to use a Bluetooth tracker with your hive
Bluetooth tracker vs GPS
When wanting to track your bee hive this should be considered as the two technologies work differently. Bluetooth works locally and has a short range of distance (300 feet or 90 meters). It can, however, work without the presence of an internet connection, just Bluetooth. This is ideal in a city or built up area if your tracker supports a community finding feature. This means other people with a phone can find your device without ever knowing they are.
GPS or global positioning system worked originally via a satellite finding the tracking unit . This has since been enhanced by a combination of technologies working together i.e. Wi-Fi. These are better than Bluetooth trackers This technology will give you live feedback wherever you are if you can access a computer or phone with an internet connection. This is more suited to rural areas, because not many people are walking around with phones.
Different types of Bluetooth tracker
Different types of GPS trackers
Global positioning system Tracker by Spytec
GPS by carlock- This triggers if moved!!!
Global positioning system Linxup
Hey, if you’re making a stingless bee hive why not add a spot for your Bluetooth tracker. Here are some plans for making a hive. Making a hive
Maybe recess the sensor into the underside of lid?
I have done similar with my Bluetooth temperature sensors. Works a treat.