Friday, September 28, 2018

Apiary Book at 3

Apiary Book is turning 3 this month.

I started my beekeeping journey 4 years ago. I have to tell you, beekeeping offered me a lot of satisfaction. I love bees, I like honey (who doesn’t), I like to spend time in nature. But I have to tell you also about some pains. I lost a lot of beehives in the last years.

Bees, as you all know it, are in great danger, because of diseases, pests, invaders (like varroa mites), weather change, agriculture pesticides, falling bio-diversity, lack of information.

So that’s why I am on a mission: to help all beekeepers from around the world to make better informed decisions based on historical data, current conditions and best practices, to minimize bee colonies loses, increase productivity.

How? By providing a complete solution for management of apiaries, monitoring of beehives (using IoT), and a beekeeping decision system that will present useful reports, notifications to an apiary or to a group of apiaries in a region or even in a country.

Apiary Book wants to give something back to the bees and to the world. If you want to be part of this journey, you are more than welcome. Join me!


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Strength of bee family

Apiary Book aims to be an easy-to-use digital tool for all beekeepers. Feedback is important, each received suggestion is taken into account.

Predrag Jovanovic:
"As for the strength of a bee colony is difficult to determine the strength of the hive through a slider but my suggestion is to be modified by buttons, - or +."

This feature is available now in version 3.7.
Thank you Predrag!

Send your ideas to 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Startup Europe Awards

Apiary Book is the Romanian winner of Agritech category

This award is important, more people are aware now that honeybee colonies are essential for agriculture and environment, ensuring plant reproduction by pollination.

In the last years, beekeepers had to face many challenges in order to maintain their beehives and honey production, problems like losses of the bees’ colonies, strong diseases, beehives’ invaders, increasing costs of production and also products sold as honey but that they were actually synthetic, such as corn syrup, dextrose and other flavors and additives

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hive - Notes and Feedings

A beekeeper can add general notes and feedings related to the apiary or to a specific hive:

Examples of notes:
- hive: autumn check on 26/08/2018 for Hive 1-03
- apiary: inventory on 06/07/2018

Examples of feedings:
- hive: added 2 liters of sugar syrup for Hive 1-03
- apiary: added 1/2 kg protein patties for all hives

In the list of Notes and Feedings, the records added for a specific hive are labeled with Hive.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Cloud restore

You can restore app data and settings from the cloud.

1. Open the Apiary Book app
2. In the top left, tap Menu ≡
3. Tap Settings
5. Choose CLOUD BACKUP/Restore
6. Cloud Restore screen is displayed
7. Tap on RESTORE button
8. Confirm the restore
9. The application data and settings are restored from cloud
10. Apiary Book will close
11. Open again the Apiary Book app
12. Check the restored data

The last backup dataset (database and preferences) is restored to the smartphone.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Hive details

Apiary Book’s latest update is arriving for Android smartphones and tablets today.

The version 3.4 is adding one major feature with this update, and it’s the Hive Details screen that let beekeepers to do the following:

  • check the latest inspections
  • adding/removals of components
  • queen information
  • add star/flag/label
  • check the strength of the bee colony
  • add reminders
  • print qr code or scan NFC tag etc.

Notes and Feedings

Now it is possible to add notes and feeding for a specific beehive.
- added 0.5 litter of sugar syrup on 18/08/2017 for Hive 1-01

Previously it was possible to add general notes and feedings only for the apiary like:
- extracted honey on 06/07/2018
- added 1/2 kg of protein patty for each hive on 17/02/2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Apiary image

Please use the following instructions to add a cover image for an apiary:

  1. Open the Apiary Book app
  2. In the top left, tap Menu ≡
  3. Tap on the arrow in the header
  4. Go to "Manage apiaries"
  5. Choose an apiary
  6. Tap on PHOTO to capture an image using camera
  7. Tap on SELECT to choose an existing image from the Media Gallery