Friday, January 6, 2017

Scan existing hive barcode

Using Apiary Book, a beekeeper can instantly identify a hive by scanning barcodes.

There are two options:
  • generate a QR code, print it out and post it on the hive
  • scan an existing hive barcode
  1. Open the Apiary Book app
  2. In the top left, tap Menu ≡
  3. Tap Hives
  4. In the top right, tap ⁝ (option menu) 
  5. Choose Read barcode
  6. Scan an exiting hive barcode
  7. Add result string (e.g. 68800000011) as the name of the hive
  8. Scan the barcode and add new inspection etc.

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Also, an user can choose what action is performed after reading the hive barcode:
  • Display of actions (Hive details, Add inspection, Add/Remove hive component, Bee family strength graph)
  • Show hive details
  • Add new inspection

The following barcode formats are supported:
  • 1D barcodes: EAN-13, EAN-8, UPC-A, UPC-E, Code-39, Code-93, Code-128, ITF, Codabar
  • 2D barcodes: QR Code, Data Matrix, PDF-417, AZTEC


  1. The kernel that reads the barcode determines the speed and accuracy of the reading. pdf barcode reader I choose CnetSDK