Inspiration 🍯

Did you know that...

🐝 Honey bees perform about 80% of all pollination worldwide
🐝 70 of the top 100 human food crops — which supply about 90% of the world’s nutrition — are pollinated by bees.

But also...

🐝 Honey bees have declined from about 6 million hives to 2.4 million hives, a 60% reduction, from 1947 to 2008
🐝 In the US the number of bee colonies per hectare has declined by 90% since 1962

There are various factors affecting the bees' lifespan, some of which are:
👉 Drought
👉 Habitat destruction
👉 Pesticides
👉 Global warming
👉 Air pollution
👉 Nutrition deficit

Solving even some of these issues can drastically improve the outlook for bees, which is what we aim to do with BeeBuzz. 🐝

What it does 🍯

BeeBuzz consists of sensors and a webpage which:
🐝 enable beekeepers to map 🗺 their hives
🐝 track the hives' condition
🐝 notify for any abnormalities in the temperature and humidity level of the hives
🐝 Save the data to a database for retention

How we built it 🍯

BeeBuzz is saving the bees with the help of:
👉 Figma
👉 JavaScript
👉 Python
👉 Bootstrap
👉 Flask
👉 CockroachDB
👉 Raspberry Pi
👉 DHT 22 Temperature and Humidity sensor

Challenges we ran into 🍯

⌛ Creating the whole project within such a short time frame was certainly a challenge for us
⌛ It was the first time we experimented with hardware and debugging was difficult as we were using the Raspberry Pi's GPIO for the first time

Accomplishments that we're proud of 🍯

👏 We are proud of finishing it and submitting it to this hackathon
👏 We managed to successfully get real time readings from the sensor which we thought was quite difficult!

What we learned 🍯

🐝 How to interact with the Pi's GPIO in real time
🐝 Getting sensor values in real time
🐝 Implementing CockroachDB in our project

What's next for BeeBuzz 🍯

👉 We plan to add an array of sensors, so one Raspberry Pi can manage lots of sensors thus reducing the cost
👉 We also plan to use i2C based addressing for sensors, so we can push the limits of the Pi and add lots of sensors to one single Raspberry Pi

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