Author Archives: Javan

Video tutorials

By | 30. September 2018

To improve our instructions we have shot short video tutorials. In the following our tutorial playlist is embedded: Translated 11.08.2019 by JK


By | 16. August 2018

Before downloading the firmware: Under Downloads you can download the latest version of the firmware. After downloading the firmware: Follow the steps in the instruction to write the firmware to a memory card. The downloaded ZIP file has about 720MB. After unpacking the image (IMG file) has about 2.3GB. After the firmware image has been… Read More »

Shopping list

By | 15. August 2018

The parts list is intended for one beehive. However, further sensors can be connected flexibly. The connected sensors can then be configured in maintenance mode. Plug n’ Play and optional upgradeabilityNot all sensors need to be purchased and connected! These can be added at any time. The system also runs if, for example, only one… Read More »

HoneyPi soon available for all beekeepers

By | 27. July 2018

After we finished HoneyPi as a university project in July, there will soon be documentation and downloads on, such as firmware and app. Some instructions have to be written. Stay up to date by following our Facebook page: HoneyPi in the news of the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) Karlsruhe: Planned milestones: ✓ Upload… Read More »

Why do we use ThingSpeak?

By | 28. June 2018

Beekeepers can register for a free account in ThingSpeak and create a channel for each colony. The decision to use ThingSpeak as a central web service to store the measurement data has proven to be correct. In addition to the obvious reason that beekeepers should not rent web space and that ThingSpeak is free, other… Read More »

Autonomous power supply at the apiary

By | 28. June 2018

Normally there is no power supply at the apiary, therefore this article is dedicated to the autonomous power supply of the Raspberry Pis (RPi). The Raspberry Pi 3 B needs 5.1V and 3A as optimal input voltage. Compared to other boards like the Arduino or the ESP8266 this is a lot. Nevertheless such a power… Read More »

A/D converter (HX711)

By | 28. June 2018

An A/D converter is required for the weight sensors (load cells). Unlike other boards, such as the Arduino or the ESP32, the Raspberry Pi has no integrated A/D converter. An A/D converter converts the analog signal into digital values. Therefore we need this 3 Euro component for the Raspberry Pi. Number of load cells per… Read More »

Maintenance mode (web interface)

By | 28. June 2018

Switching between maintenance mode and measuring mode If the connected button 🛒 or button with LED 🛒 is pressed on the Raspberry Pi, the maintenance mode starts. In maintenance mode, the Raspberry Pis WLAN turns on and creates an Access Point (AP). The continuous measurement is paused. This means that no measurements are recorded during… Read More »