While i don't do bees, i have been in the tech sector of work most of my life. My advice here is really generic and may not bear as much weight for something simple enough.
My advice to everyone on everything tech is:
1: Take a balanced approach to leveraging technology in whatever you do, don't get too overly dependent on it. Implement use of tech in smaller stages, building up, rather than start with all the bells and whistles up front.
Basically my own xp is that a lot of technology that can help in whatever, also comes with it's own overhead for use. And not all tech being sold comes out to net gains on that front. Sometimes the effort of implementing and using the tech is itself the same or more effort, than the work it was here to off load/the problems it was here to avoid.
if we're exerting/spending X over time to avoid Y problem's cost or work effort.
This is only making sense as long as the total of X over time is < Y would have been to just clean up/deal with/do the work manually as needed.
2: I generally won't implement a technology aid/automation on something, unless i have manual mastery of that something already.
I make use of tech to be sure, but my implementation strategy is to leverage tech to replace efforts i already have command of personally. In this way anything i am using tech for, i already have the understanding of. I can act as manual backup to the tech when it breaks down.
And that's a biggie to me. It's really stressful for me to basically not know what to do manually myself (automatically from actual practice) when the tech that does it for me eventually breaks down.
So i generally only leverage automation tech for what i feel i already have manual command of.
And that's my technology use 2 cents.
Use of tech can be great, but do not assume use of tech reduces effort/costs or increase reliability of outcomes. It might, but it might just be a wash for all the learning curve and/or setup/maintenance the tech itself winds up having. And that can't really be properly gauged anyway, if you're not already familiar with the full manual version of what the work the tech is doing.
Also really been enjoying your bee journal. Thanks for keeping it.