Covers beekeeping activities right through to sales of Honey, Hives & related items.
Capture as few, or as many, inspection details as you need while catering for:
^ Required if you choose to record Extractions
HiveSmartHQ is easily tailored to suit your region and needs - including metric or imperial measures and currency indicator.
"It really takes away the stress of trying to remember everything I need to do and is helping me to take care of my hives far more efficiently."
Latest version: 1.5.1 (November 2018).
Tap the relevant store image below for the HiveSmartHQ listing.
For a quick fly thru of the app, view this short video: App Overview - A flyover
To see how it supports the range of beekeeping activities: App Overview - Activities
It's ideal for solo beekeepers running several hundred hives or hobbyists with just a handful. It can also support larger commercial operations (see FAQ below).
We appreciate that folks keep bees for different reasons and there's a variety of different philosophies and approaches.
HiveSmartHQ leans towards those who look after bees to make a living (or supplement their income) from the surplus honey that healthy bees produce or by developing hives for sale, so it supports the end-to-end business processes from maintaining hives through to the sale of honey and/or hives.
Using this tool gives you the information needed to save time and improve the productivity of your hives.
In business-speak, it helps beekeepers improve their day-to-day efficiency and record-keeping, while providing the information needed for effective operational decision-making.
Yep, we know: like all sound business practices it seems kinda boring - yet increasingly essential and extremely useful the more hives that you care for.
The app runs on smartphones and tablets including Apple iPhones, iPads, iPods as well as Android devices. Specifically:
Apple: iOS version 9+
Android*: From Version 4.4+ (Kitkat)
* For devices with ARM processors only. If the app does not operate on your Android device please let us know.
NOTE: Older or low-end devices usually have lower performance and are less responsive to touch.
Yes! We've been able to install and use it through an Android emulator like BlueStacks (available at https://www.bluestacks.com/)
Your computer will need to meet the system requirements of the emulator and you'll need a Google account to access the Google PlayStore to install HiveSmartHQ.
If you're only using HiveSmartHQ on a computer*, you may find our Forms useful when out in the field - Service, Collections and Extraction Forms are available on our Tips page for printing.
If you have HiveSmartHQ on a mobile device too, you can transfer the data between the device and the computer. Use Transfer Data (via App Options and Settings) to Upload from one and then Download on the other.
Using HiveSmartHQ via BlueStacks
BlueStacks normally runs apps in landscape mode and for HiveSmartHQ we'd recommend changing the default BlueStacks display resolution to at least 1920x1080 (from 1280x720).
(To do this: Tap the gear icon in the BlueStacks menu bar, select Settings / Display and choose the resolution. Then "Restart Now" to reopen BlueStacks with the new resolution.)
* NOTES: Running HiveSmartHQ through an emulator has some limitations. Depending on the emulator used and other apps installed, some HiveSmartHQ features may not work, including:
Declaration: We have no connection with BlueStacks or the parties behind it. The use of an emulator is only mentioned as an option for our Customers to consider.
Enhanced security on devices means apps need to request permission to be able to use certain device features. The table below shows why these permissions are requested and the related features in HiveSmartHQ. We use these ethically and with full transparency - we're happy to leave the dodgy stuff to others...
|Permission||Device type||How this is used|
|Location access||iOS + Android||Hive Locations: Used when mapping a Hive Location (Optional).|
|Storage access||Android||App Install: Provides the option on some devices to install the app on an (external) SD card (instead of the internal storage).|
|Accounts access||iOS + Android||News Registration (via App Options & Settings) and Export data (via Hive Management/multi-Tool): Used when creating a draft ready-to-send email (to advise us about registration of an email address to receive HiveSmartHQ News, or an email to yourself containing the Service data respectively). Both features are optional use.|
|Network access||iOS + Android||Various (Hive Locations, Transfer Data, Top-up Service Credits, links to our secure website): Used to determine current status of internet availability. All instances are optional use.|
|Billing Service||iOS + Android||Top-up Service Credits: Used for secure purchasing of Service Credit bundles.|
Anywhere! HiveSmartHQ is designed for on-site use - even in very remote locations with no phone/data coverage! (It can do this because it keeps the data on your device rather than requiring a constant internet connection.)
However, we also know some folk prefer not to actively use their device in the field so we've got that covered too - use our forms while in the field and update your device later. Service and Extraction Forms are available on our Tips page.
Note: A couple of features do require Internet access at the time you wish to use them (e.g. Location mapping, Transfer data) and these are flagged in the app.
Yes. There are currently two alternatives (recognising that HiveSmartHQ stores data on the device):
And if you're an employed beekeeper, you can use it for just the Hives and Locations that you look after.
NOTE: A key element of the development roadmap for HiveSmartHQ is a version that specifically supports large commercial operators (e.g. allowing simultaneous information updates from multiple beekeepers working at different locations and/or honey extraction). Stay tuned for updates...
Absolutely. It requires a whole lot of nothing to get going...
HiveSmartHQ is free to download and you can add as many Locations and Hives as you wish and more than 100 "Services" (i.e. inspections) for free.
That's about a years worth of inspections for 5 Hives, or ~5 years for 1 hive (based on ~20 inspections per hive per year*).
In the US, it's just $0.07 per Service after that (i.e. approx. $1.50 per hive per year - local pricing of course depends on the currency that your local app store uses).
This is applied in the app via Service Credits. The first inspection recorded for each Hive is free while subsequent ones use up a credit. The initial installation includes 100 credits with no time limit on their use.
Various-sized bundles of Service Credits (30, 60, 100) can be purchased from within the app when needed to top up the Service Credit balance. In the US a bundle of 30 Service Credits is just $1.99. The right bundle size for you will depend on how many Hives you operate and how frequently you inspect your Hives*.
Even if the Service Credit balance reaches 0, all features can continue to be used apart from adding more inspections.
The feedback from beekeepers using the app is that HiveSmartHQ significantly improves day-to-day efficiency, provides valuable information that helps manage your hives - including the "source-of-origin" records increasingly required in today's food-production world.
Service Credits are used so that we can keep the app free of advertising - i.e. by not including advertising, it means that some other revenue source is required to fund the costs of ongoing development and support.
* Situations may vary depending on the number of Hives being supported, beekeeping style and extent of winter hibernation.
Note: As well as the 30% fee charged by Apple & Google on all purchases via the app, we pay our share of taxes as a responsible corporate citizen. This includes applicable Sales taxes, as well as Corporate tax at 28%.
That's easy - our usage-based approach using Service Credits is fairer. (See FAQ above that explains Service Credits). Why this is fairer than subscriptions requires some explanation so bear with us...
Firstly, the App stores control the way in which products can be offered. If we offered a subscription it has to be done by time (e.g. 12 months) and/or defined groups (e.g. the number of Hives) such as 1-10 Hives, 11-20 Hives and so on. However, grouping like this means that someone with say 11 hives would be paying the same as someone with 20 hives... which just doesn't seem right to us.
Futhermore, subscriptions also stay the same regardless of the season - even when things are quiet over winter and you may use the app less, so a time-based approach is also unfair. We also know that there's also significant variation in how frequently individual beekeepers like to inspect their hives.
All this points toward the number of Services (inspections) providing the most equitable way to base any pricing. This approach also recognises that the more the app is used the greater the benefit derived from the information.
By not using subscriptions, it means we're able to ensure you'll always have access to your data via the app, even if you decide to not use it for a while. Whereas a time-based subscription approach limits access to a defined time period, beyond which apps generally prevent access to your own data in some manner.
Finally, using Service Credits allows for continued access to the other features such as Collections, the Equipment Inventory, Action Items, KnowledgeBase and Seasonal Checklists (even if the Service Credit balance reaches 0).
Nope. No "stings" attached here: it's obligation free - HiveSmartHQ does not require any personally identifiable information to use the app nor does it access any of your personal info on your device.
Good question. If you've got more than 10,000 Locations (apiaries) then yes - we're so sorry!
If you've got more than a million Hives, then yes - apologies again, it just can't handle 1,000,001.
On the other hand, it is completely unlimited in terms of the number of Services (inspections) so you can add as many as you need.
It's not a biggie - we just appreciate that beekeepers do more than just observe when they visit their Hives.
"Services" just seems to better reflect all of the activities and effort involved in taking care of your bees.
Since version 1.4.4, the version is displayed right on the Home window under the home icon (top left).
For prior versions:
The version number is in the App Info... section of the displayed Technical Summary.
There are four options currently provided:
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Latest version: 1.5.1 (November 2018).
Tap the relevant store image below for the HiveSmartHQ listing.