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Hive Monitoring

Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 5:07 am
by cschwehr
Greetings,

Does anyone have recommended solutions or a sensor setup that would work for my project?

I want to integrate movement, temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide, along with a microphone for monitoring sound or sound levels, all onto a Raspberry Pi to capture data from inside my beehives - similar to the ApisProtect project that is in Ireland. There are a lot of projects, but not a lot of commercial product, and if it's available it's like $500 a hive by the time I get it to Canada - so, I'm better off building my own so I have a better understanding and can involve my kids in the process.

I'd also like to integrate a weight sensor to measure weights on my hives, but that might be in a later phase.

Has anyone successfully worked on something like this for personal use?

Thanks!

Re: Hive Monitoring

Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 11:26 am
by Andyroo
A couple of thoughts:

This video was kindly pointed out to me by PhatFil https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpjfVc-9IrQ&t=818s and a version could be put together for the Pi. You will need to sound up by the way :lol: the humidity sensor is not the most accurate or stable one there is.

You could look at Pimoroni and their Breakout Garden https://shop.pimoroni.com/collections/breakout-garden as a test bed and go from there.

For ideas and an aim you could look at https://www.arnia.co.uk but I guess it makes your $500 a starting point :o Best thing I thought was the included weather station and graphics...

There is the old NASA project at https://honeybeenet.gsfc.nasa.gov/. Maybe the guys who ran that have a contact or two?

Last this is are you aware of the open source project at http://forum.hivetool.org/. They should be able to give you better advice than me on the hardware :lol:

Re: Hive Monitoring

Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 2:36 pm
by scruss
HiveSense is out of Ottawa, but I can't tell if they're still in development or are deploying. I hung out with them at the Ottawa maker faire last year: good people, interesting project.

Re: Hive Monitoring

Posted: Mon May 27, 2019 2:19 pm
by omegaman477
cschwehr wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 5:07 am
Greetings,

Does anyone have recommended solutions or a sensor setup that would work for my project?

I want to integrate movement, temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide, along with a microphone for monitoring sound or sound levels, all onto a Raspberry Pi to capture data from inside my beehives - similar to the ApisProtect project that is in Ireland. There are a lot of projects, but not a lot of commercial product, and if it's available it's like $500 a hive by the time I get it to Canada - so, I'm better off building my own so I have a better understanding and can involve my kids in the process.

I'd also like to integrate a weight sensor to measure weights on my hives, but that might be in a later phase.

Has anyone successfully worked on something like this for personal use?

Thanks!
A very cool project !!!!

I know the temperature sensing in a hive requires significant accuracy, better than +/- 0.1C, and many sensing points. Remember that insects make sounds from the inaudible infrasonic (below 20hz), to well into th ultrasomic range (above 60khz).

Re: Hive Monitoring

Posted: Mon May 27, 2019 5:21 pm
by PhatFil
POWER? do you need to provide power for devices to run for weeks on end?? that could be a significant drain on the budget?

Perhaps for temperature and humidity reading you could reduce a few of these
https://www.banggood.com/Xiaomi-Mijia-B ... rehouse=CN
to something small enough to embed within a couple of locations within a hive
https://zsiti.eu/xiaomi-mijia-hygrother ... pberry-pi/ provides a roadmap to reading it remotely with a ble enabled pi.



btw thanks for the ack @andyroo