UPDATE: Now it’s finally there. The Android app for visualizing your measurement data can now be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. Just click on the following banner to get to the store entry of the app:
We use the IoT platform ThingSpeak to store the measured values of your hives. Therefore you have to create a user account to use HoneyPi appropriately. In addition, the Android app gets the measurement data from ThingSpeak to display it for you.
This article explains how to create your ThingSpeak account and configure everything correctly:
- Create ThingSpeak account: Here you can register for free at ThingSpeak.
- Create a new channel: Create a new channel under “My Channels” using the “New Channel” button. Each channel represents a beehive.
- Fill in mandatory fields:
- Name: Enter a name for the beehive.
- Fields: A field represents a type of measured value (e.g. temperature, humidity, etc.). If a new field is to be created, check the box to the right and enter a name. Up to eight fields can be created per channel.
- IMPORTANT: For the app to be able to assign the type of measurement to the correct detail page, the character string “temperatur”, “luftfeuchtigkeit”, “luftdruck”, “luftqualität” or “gewicht” must be present in the name. The same type of measured value can also be used several times, e.g. incubator temperature and outdoor temperature. If the field name does not contain any of the character strings mentioned above, the measurement data of this field are nevertheless displayed on the non-specialized default page.
- Select the User-API-Key: Open “Account” in the upper right corner and then click on “My Profile”. The User-API-Key can be found below under “ThingSpeak settings” as shown in the following picture:
- Log in to the app: Enter the User-API-Key and any user name and then click on “REGISTER”. The app automatically downloads all channels and fields from the ThingSpeak account and displays the measurement data.
- Write-API-Key in maintenance mode: In the Android App the User-API-Key is entered as in the previous steps. In maintenance mode the Write-API-Key is required. The HoneyPi writes the measurement data into the ThingSpeak Channel. Hence the “WRITE” key. You can find the Write-API-Key at your ThingSpeak Channel under the tab “API Keys”.
Under the tab “Channel Settings” several tags can be defined for each created channel (apiary) separated with comma. For example: HoneyPi, stick scale, bees, beekeeper, raspberry. This serves the searchability, one wants to release his link to the measurement data publicly. Under the hash tag “HoneyPi” connected HoneyPi bee scales can be found. A #HoneyPi channel can look like this.
Translated 11.08.2019 by JK