Package : Anti-theft tracking device + weather station + connected scale

€725 (excl. taxes) + €36.00/year (application)

This pack allows you to equip a hive with the connected hive scale function, the GPS hive anti-theft function, the internal hive thermometer/hygrometer function, and the ultra-local weather station function.

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Connected hive scale


Using connected scales in beekeeping allows you to track changes in hive weight remotely between visits—anytime, from anywhere. The connected hive scale is composed of weight sensors placed under the hive and a transmitter that acts as a gateway to collect all the data from the sensors on the apiary and internet. 

Your subscription includes our beekeeping software. You’ll have all the functions to manage the location of the apiaries as well as the recording of the visits to complete the breeding register. The addition of sensors such as hive scales, locks, brood thermometers, and weather stations is completely transparent. An annual license per transmitter / apiary allows you to collect and compile the data easily and automatically.

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Easy to install

Light and miniaturized, BeeGuard’s connected hive scales are designed to meet beekeepers’ constraints: move easily and swap out between hives where they’re most needed. Free of wires and solar panels, the connected scale is installed under the hive within minutes.


Robust and professional

Robust and professional, the connected hive scale has an aluminum structure that does not rust, the weight sensors are of industrial quality. The connected hive scale has been designed for professionals and meets the different expectations or beekeeping practices.


Modular and scalable

Several hives in the same apiary can be equipped with connected scales to analyze counter measurements. A honey flow is available for all hives in the area so it would be abnormal and alarming to measure a downward trend at the same time as an upward trend. Thanks to the BeeGuard sensor network, multiplying the scales does not multiply the transmission function to the internet, nor the subscription because the transmission is ensured by the GPS or the weather station. 


Below are our answers to the most frequently asked questions to the support and sales departments. If you can't find the answer to your question, contact us.

To protect hives from theft, beekeepers can implement a variety of solutions:

• Fencing in the apiary or placing the hives in a fenced area. This reduces one of the causes of hive theft, as hives are often in the open on plots of land that anyone can access—including bee thieves. But this isn’t always feasible since hives are often located on farmers' land, in the woods, or on another landowner's land.

• The beekeeper can mark various hive elements: body, comb, floor, and even the frames. This can be done by engraving, pyrography, branding or painting a number or a unique mark. These marks or numbers may allow the beekeeper to recognize his equipment if anyone attempts to resell it, or to help local authorities identify it. At the very least, we recommend that each beekeeper implement a discreet method to allow family and neighbors to recognize hive components more easily.

• Placing security/alarm signage around the apiary can deter theft. BeeGuard proposes an official sign where you can indicate compulsory information (France has a NAPI number) as well as alert any would-be thieves of surveillance.

• A well placed, autonomous, infrared camera allows you to record any comings and goings. Installation of this security camera will cover the whole apiary in case of theft, but its positioning is critical because if the vehicle or the hive thief cannot be identified, the video footage will not be useful.

• The ultimate solution is a GPS hive tracker. This device works as a silent alarm by detecting movement when the thief moves the beehive. The beehive tracker then switches to silent alarm mode and notifies the owner instantly with an SMS.

From there, the hive lock will regularly transmit the coordinates of the hive during its movement and until its stop position thanks to GPS satellites. This is why these tools are called GPS trackers. The beekeeper will be able to contact the authorities by providing the data recorded in the application: the time of the theft and the hives’ new location.

The beekeeper will then be able to recover his hives with his bees and not suffer the operating loss corresponding to a hive theft, whose damage can run about €600 per hive (hive + swarm + past treatment and feeding + production loss). And the thief can be confused. A word of caution: several types of GPS hive anti-theft devices exist, but few are really designed to work in a hive.

Well-informed beekeepers will want to choose GPS hive units with standard rechargers but that don’t need to be constantly recharged. (After all, it’s tedious to plug a USB plug on a bee frame). They should have enough autonomy to cover the entire season and tout a modern and international communication system. (Beehive thieves have no borders). Thus, options include GPS anti-theft hives that work with GSM or GPRS networks.

BeeGuard offers a GPS anti-theft device specially designed and manufactured for beehives and beekeepers. It’s placed on the frames thanks to the wax produced by the bees and offers other functions in addition to GPS tracking: measurement of the internal temperature of the brood, communication with optional scales or access to the apiary management application including the breeding register.

Several beekeepers have already reported having thwarted hive thefts thanks to our GPS hive tracker system.

Hive locks are usually installed on the frames and glued with the wax produced by the bees.

Whatever the GPS box is made of, it should respect each country’s regulations and requirements. Otherwise, all hive products may be unfit for human consumption in case of inspection or analysis. The installation is very fast: the beekeeper cuts the wax on the edge of a body frame of the GPS box surface. The GPS tracker for hive is inserted in the wax, and you’re done.

The GPS hive tracker can be installed on a body frame or on a top frame if the beekeeper is concerned about honey theft alone. Sometimes, the GPS chip can be installed in wood or polystyrene partitions and even within the hive structure itself.

In the latter case, the beekeeper must first modify the hive components to accommodate the anti-theft device. The anti-theft chip will not be placed in or directly under the roof because it disrupts the signal and can be removed easily.

Positioning a GPS tracker in a hive is easy but must be properly thought out. During hive theft, the thief will move the hives carelessly, and we don’t know how they may reinstall them.

The hive theft protection device must therefore be discreet, remain in position, and have the best chance of transmitting its information neither too close to the metal roof nor too close to the ground.

GPS anti-theft trackers can be found in a wide range of prices, from less than €100 to €400. They are always associated with an annual or monthly subscription ranging from €2 to more than €10 per month. A word of caution: all anti-theft devices are essentially GPS trackers, but not all of them are compatible for use in a beehive—nor suitable for beekeeping! The lower-cost models are initially intended for mass markets: scooters, parcels, private detectives... but not for beehives. The beekeeper must check that:

• The material is suitable for food contact. (The box does not contaminate the hive product.)

• Autonomy. A low autonomy cannot be compensated by a recharging system for an anti-theft device, as the box is inside the hive!

• The absence of LEDs that would disturb the bees, of switch or USB connector which would be inevitably propolized (covered with propolis, or bee saliva) within just two weeks.

• Can your communication vector cross international borders? A €20 tracker is a Bluetooth system that communicates with nearby cellphones equipped with an application... your hives aren’t bound to communicate more than a stone’s throw away.

BeeGuard offers a GPS hive tracker specially dedicated to beekeeping: a plastic case that’s suitable for contact with food, up to two years of autonomy before a battery change, no connector, no wire... What’s more, the tracker offers functions in addition to GPS tracking: measurement of the internal temperature of the brood, communication with optional scales, and access to the apiary management application, including the breeding register.

The all-inclusive hive security system is available for rental for just €9,50 (excl. taxes)/month or for purchase at €200 (excl. taxes) + the €36/year subscription.

A GPS anti-theft chip uses an internal motion sensor to detect when the hive thief moves, handles, or opens the hive. This sensor will trigger the alarm through the communication capability of the anti-theft box. The most secure operation is based on the existing and internationally deployed GSM/GPRS cellphone networks.

During transportation of your hives, the tracker will use the GPS, GNSS (including Galileo) satellites for localization during the journey and at each stop. The owner can follow all movement in real time. Less successful trackers will only propose live SMS transmission—not very practical to reconstruct the history of a hive’s journey.

The most efficient solutions to help beekeepers against beehive theft record all the elements transmitted by the GPS tracker in the application or the internet server, so it’s easy to work on the map to thwart possible accomplices and especially to provide the most useful information for authorities.

This data isn’t on the device, but rather on the server, so even if the beehive thief notices the presence of the chip before the authorities intervene and destroys it, it’s too late. His position has been recorded, and all beehive displacement remains available without limitation on the server for its owner and anyone else to see.

Whether the SIM card is physical or virtual, the beekeeper will make sure that the telecom subscription is included with the GPS anti-theft device. You should also check that there’s not just one, but several operators included in the subscription. This makes it possible to reduce areas with no service.

Only the rightful owner should be able to geolocate a hive equipped with a GPS chip. This is achieved via the remote application interface made available by the company that supplied the device.

A hive lock should never be equipped with a Bluetooth or WiFi connection that would allow a hive thief to detect the presence with a simple smartphone.

GPS chips designed for beehives never emit continuous waves. Just the opposite: they remain completely silent in terms of electromagnetic wave emission. This improves energy efficiency, avoids emitting continuous waves near the bees, and keeps them undetectable via electronic devices.

An anti-theft chip for beehives can be bought by mail order directly from a manufacturer such as BeeGuard or via various distributors.

More and more companies indicate on their website that their GPS tracker works against beehive theft. The beekeeper shouldn’t stop at the title of the page. Instead, be vigilant as to the real origin of these products.

A GPS hive tracker is a GPS tracker, but not all trackers are compatible with beekeeping or hive use. Too often, a good deal with a low price often hides an unsuitable or undesirable aspect.

Does the seller offer telephone support?

Does the GPS manufacturer participate in beekeeping shows?

Does he have other products that are ideal for beekeepers?

Is the GPS anti-theft device suitable for using in beehives?

Is the GPS chip’s autonomy sufficient?

Which communication method does the GPS hive tracker use?

BeeGuard offers you to contact us directly by phone or by mail to answer all your questions and provide you with a personalized quote before ordering.

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Package : Anti-theft tracking device + Connected scale

€490 excl. taxes

+ €36.00/year (application)

This pack allows you to equip a hive with the connected hive scale function, the GPS hive anti-theft function and the brood thermometer/hygrometer function.

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Package : Anti-theft tracking device + Connected scale

€490 excl. taxes

+ €36.00/year (application)

This pack allows you to equip a hive with the connected hive scale function, the GPS hive anti-theft function and the brood thermometer/hygrometer function.

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