Nathan's "Internet of Bees" project

Our fearless CEO details his data-logging work on SparkFun's hive

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As you may know, SparkFun has an on-site beehive, from which we've been taking data via various sensors and logging it on data.sparkfun.com. The Digital Beehive uses Wi-Fi to broadcast the beehive’s weight, humidity, temperature, and battery voltage every minute to SparkFun’s data channel service. Nate did an awesome write-up of the project for Make; if you're interested in apiculture, connected project, data-logging or Nate himself, check it out!

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  • This is great! Good work Nate. Keep on Truckin!

  • Sparkfun connects an actual honeypot to their network in their latest attempt to secure data.sparkfun.com!

  • Just wondering if there's an updated firmware to get this running with the OpenScale?

    THANKS!

  • I haven't let you off the hook for our beehive monitor updates :) I can't wait to get this project up and running!

  • Nate, this is so great! Any chance you have an update for us? I've taken this on as my winter project. Have my openscale board on hand and am ready to monitor my hives! Any additional insights would be amazing. THANKS!

    • Thanks! I'll try to eek out time to update. It's been running swimmingly. The change I made was to move from Photon to a SparkFun Blynk board. It's crazy to watch the weight change in real-time on my phone.

      • Hi Nate, any chance there's an update to this one? Now with Phant out of commission and open scale up and running, just wondering if there was any new code available. It's for the bees!! THANKS!

      • I can't wait to watch that weight change! I've got my open scale, and blynk board in hand... I'm a beginner and trying to get it all to work. This is SUCH a great project. I'm hoping to get the units built for under $100 and add them to all four of my hives. Thanks for your work on this one! Sounds silly, but would use a little guidance in connecting the open scale to the blynk board. BEGINNER! HAHA! Thanks again.

  • Is there a way to know more about this project? Firmware, documents, forum? I would like to build the same sensor KIT

    Thanks

    • Hi! I just finished pushing the most recent code to the Beehive WiFi repo. I'll try to get a formal project tutorial and write up complete soon.

  • Nate, maybe your could benefit from a Haynes Bee Manual.

  • Has Nate found out yet what caused the loss of temperature/humidity data?

  • Nice! My previous boss recently designed a bluetooth enabled monitor stick as the company we worked at had a beehive that they wanted to monitor (kept dying over winter). https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/broodminder-beehive-health-telemetry

    Anything we can do to help the bees helps us!

  • Sweet. I assume that sooner or later, you'll have some "product" from the bees, besides the data from this honey of a project.

    And I'll have to remember it and bee-ware if I happen to visit SparkFun!

    (Sorry, I just couldn't resist all of the pun-tential here!)

  • Great article. Who knew that bees were so regular.

  • Interesting story.. or at least I am sure it is if more then part of the first sentence gets posted =p (nm.. got fixed)

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