For free open source software, hardware recommendations,
instructions, plans and user manuals see HiveTool.org
While these Raspberry PI's are quite handy, there are limited ways to get the sensor data off of them ind in to a a Microsoft windows invironment
I propose adding OPC UA support which is designed to be a cross platform communication protocol - more and more commonly used in industrial control applications.
Here's a link to an open source OPC UA
Here are the directions I used to install it on my raspberry pi
sudo git clone git://github.com/open62541/open62541
sudo apt-get install git build-essential gcc pkg-config cmake python python-lxml
# enable additional features
sudo apt-get install libexpat1-dev # for XML-encodingi
sudo apt-get install liburcu-dev # for multithreading
sudo apt-get install check # for unit tests
sudo apt-get install graphviz doxygen # for documentation generation
sudo cd open62541
sudo mkdir build
sudo cd build
sudo cmake ..
# select additional features
sudo ccmake .. # enter g to build and exit
It seems to be added, now I need to know how to configure it
Sorry but I'm not a programmer, if any of you programmers out there could take a look at this and let me know if this tutorial looks reasonable to try
I want to figure out how to map the temps/pressures/weight etc that HiveTool collects to the OPC server, but I think baby steps can help me get there bit by bit.