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Apitronics is making wireless sensor and automation networks better and more affordable for agriculture. We want to create the Internet of Things for farming in a way that leverages and amplifies networked intelligence, allowing for sustainable farming to become more efficient and competitive.We offer an open platform that is flexible and expandable making it suitable for anything from a garden, a thousand-acre farming operation, or any other environmental monitoring and automation application.Our architecture is extremely modular consisting of Bees that can be “plugged” into any sensor and actuator, allowing the same device to be a weather station, an irrigation controller, or a control system for a greenhouse. Multiple Bees are coordinate by a single internet enabled Hive. This device is a local coordinator for the entire network and preserves functionality without internet connectivity, making the Apitronics platform more robust and reliable than other cloud-based solutions.

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This field-ready wireless platform is bringing open-source connectivity to the farm

Sep 20, 2013

© Apitronics After putting together a better greenhouse monitor for Farm Hack , Louis Thiery saw an opportunity to vastly improve the way modern technology is used on the farm, and wanted to integrate field-ready sensors with a dedicated server that could control and monitor them all. The result of his work is Apitronics , an open source wireless platform with a small dedicated Linux computer serving as the brain. The Apitronics platform uses "Bees", which are low-power, Arduino-compatible sensor or actuator devices, and a "Hive", a small Linux box which networks the Bees together and gathers and displays data from them, or sends control signals downstream to the Bees. © Apitronics Our platform emphasizes making it easy to deploy wireless devices in harsh environments. Features include: field-ready devices: running efficiently on a LiPo battery, Bees can be recharged via solar panels or wall warts modular plugs with customizable sensors and switches: a waterproof connector allows you to easily attach or detach an array of sensors and switches local databasing and web app: a gateway manages the wireless network and provides a browser-based UI - the system is protected against internet connectivity failures Right now, the basic Bees can be attached to "plugs" including humidity sensors and a weather station, but additional plugs are being developed (or can be developed by end users) that can serve as door sensors (Did I leave the greenhouse door open? ) or water level sensors, or even controllers and sensors for field irrigation or aquaponic systems. Because the system uses open source hardware and software, the Apitronics lends itself easily to extending and customizing, and anyone with Arduino/C++ experience can develop additional sensors or "hack the Hive itself. " And it's not just for farms, either, as the system could also be applied to other environmental monitoring needs. Apitronics is currently in a crowdfunding phase on Kickstarter , and backers at the $139 level will receive a Hive, one Bee, and the weather station plug. Related on TreeHugger.com:

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Expert Collections are analyst-curated lists that highlight the companies you need to know in the most important technology spaces.

Apitronics is included in 2 Expert Collections, including Agriculture Technology (Agtech).

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Agriculture Technology (Agtech)

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Companies that are using technology to make farms more efficient.

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Internet of Things ( IoT )

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