Conservational projects can take place in the smallest of ponds to the largest of rainforests. Getting repetitive information that you want from an area so bignot only has logistical, but financial limitations. GSM coverage is sporadic at best in difficult terrain. And the current need for large infrastructure and highly trained expertise, to set up a wireless mesh network makes it unsuitable for many projects. The maintenance and requirement of having trained professionals constantly getting the data is a luxury in many rural projects where locals are employed.
Introducing the Beehive System. An autonomous two part system between a drone and the sensor, allows a completely ad hoc network that can be set up in the most extreme locations with no need for experience or infrastructure.
The modularity of the beehive sensor allows the researcher to choose which sensor information they want to get from each specific location. By just placing it in location, switching on, and then logging the GPS location, the sensor can now run on solar energy indefinitely by switching between a low power passive mode and an active mode. A simple no frill sensor that you can rely to work wherever and by whomever.
Using the GPS location, the beehive drone can autonomously fly to the location of each of the sensors placed in a radius of up to 15km from the central research hub. With multiple sensors spread around, the drone automatically logs the easiest route. When in range of the sensor, whilst the drone is still above the canopy, it receive the data packet and then return to the hub.
With the beehive system, it provides the researcher a constant input of in situ data with none of the financial or logistical problems to deal with.