We are a group of beekeepers from Berlin regularly meeting on wednesdays since 2014 to build a
collaborative telemetry platform for beehive monitoring.
We are Karsten, Robert, Clemens, Richard, Martin, Andreas and Dazz.
Feel welcome to join us.
Hiveeyes is an open source, DIY toolkit for building beehive monitoring setups.
It is modular and built upon contemporary technologies
and components like Arduino, MQTT, InfluxDB and Grafana.
With low-cost, low-power hardware, we aim at making non-invasive beekeeping as
affordable and comfortable as possible.
It is important to us that the core backend components do not depend on any 3rd-party services to work. While available as a hosted system running on our shared platform "swarm.hiveeyes.org", it also works self-contained even on a RaspberryPi or similar System-on-a-Chip computer.
The roots of this project reach back into 2011, where one of its founders started researching
into the topic of low-cost beehive monitoring during the advent of the Arduino ecosystem,
which offered an affordable, low-barrier entrypoint to MCU programming together with
a growing, vibrant community.
Early hardware and firmware prototypes were conceived in the upcoming years and finally the rest of us joined the project in 2014. After a while of planning, discussions and iterations over the efforts of the founding members, we finally reentered the main collaborative designing and building phase in 2015/2016.
We are now at the point where we nailed the components of the system and open sourced
all major software artifacts required to run the whole stack, from embedded firmware
to backend system components.
The source code is on GitHub,
so we are happy to share our efforts completely with the community and
look forward to the next development iterations, now completely in the
Beginning autumn 2016, we will reiterate on different aspects of the software- and hardware-components, decide about which hardware route to follow and hopefully will start producing some small batches next year.
We will also put some efforts into a scientific project we were asked to collaborate with and always look forward to your feedback. There are many bits and pieces to look at and require more intensive testing. We need you!
If you are still reading, you might want to continue at the projects’ goals.
A multi-channel, multi-protocol data acquisition and graphing toolkit.
A message broker that implements the MQTT protocol.
A feature rich metrics dashboard and graph editor. Plays well with InfluxDB.
A time series database suitable for realtime analytics and sensor data storage.
A document database designed for ease of development and scaling.
A powerful, pluggable notification system for MQTT.
A popular do-it-yourself microcontroller computing platform based on Atmel AVR.
Low-power 8-bit RISC single-chip microcontrollers.
Low-power, low-cost Wi-Fi chip with 32-bit Tensilica MCU and full TCP/IP stack.
Sub-GHz RF transceiver modules RFM69 and RFM95.
GPRS/GSM expansion board.
Load cell module.
Beekeeper Clemens Gruber shares how he gets insights from his beehive through computer based monitoring in the “Open Hive” project. Clemens starts talking at 26:00 minutes.
Beekeeper Karsten Harazim encourages building a local community:
liebe mauergärtner*innen, liebe imker, liebe nerds, liebe menschen.
wir möchten über den winter in einer workshopreihe mit ca 10-15 terminen, ein funktionierendes monitoring für eines unserer bienenvölker im mauergarten entwickeln und konstruieren. [...]
Beekeeper Clemens Gruber (Open Hive) was featured in the article »The Very First Maker Faire Berlin Doesn’t Miss a Beat« by Donald Bell.
Beekeeper Richard Pobering talks about the Hiveeyes project in »Elektrischer Reporter 149: Vernetzte Bienen, Fahrradlobbyisten und Spielausgrabungen«.
The Open Hive and Hiveeyes projects at the Maker Faire Berlin 2016.