First, assemble your BEEP base following these steps.
You will need a fixed calibration weight, the larger the weight, the more accurate the calibration. It is recommended to use at least 20 kilograms. Ideally you use for example Apifonda packs (solid bee sugar) in boxes of 12,5 kilograms. Check the weight using a person scale. Alternatively, use a large bucket filled with water or your own body weight. To stand stable on the BEEP base you will need to place a strong (wooden) board of ± 50cmx50cm on top of the BEEP base before you stand on it.
An iOS app named ‘BEEP base’ is available in the iOS app store store. This app will guide you through the calibration steps. Open the app and follow the steps. The app connects to the BEEP bases via your phone’s Bluetooth.
1. Login with your BEEP account and connect to the BEEP base
Your login details are the same as your account (the credentials you created at app.beep.nl for your apiary).
In the first screen you see an overview of your BEEP bases. You have several options on this page:
- For account settings, click on 'settings' in the top right corner. You can also sign out of the app to register if you need to register BEEP bases for other accounts.
- To configure a new BEEP base, click on 'Configure a new BEEP base'
- To go to the settings of a BEEP base, click on the BEEP base in the list
Configure a new BEEP base
Assemble: When at your apiary, assemble the BEEP base by following the steps in the app. Click 'Next' when finished.
Wake up: Wake up the BEEP base by holding the activation magnet next to the microphone connector . You will hear three beeps that ascend in tone, then four beeps. Click 'Next' when finished.
Connect: Connect to the BEEP base you want to calibrate, the name of the BEEP base will turn orange and the BEEP base wil make a sound, click on 'Next'
note: if you have multiple BEEP bases make sure that you selected the correct BEEP base corresponding with the hive that you are going to place it under
Register: Register your BEEP base to your BEEP app account. This will also secure the BEEP base. As long as you do not delete it from your BEEP app the BEEP base cannot be registered to another account.
Note: the name in the first registration screen corresponds with the LoRa code for the BEEP base. If you want to connect the BEEP base to your own LoRa device it can be helpful to keep the suggested name, or at least the four digits at the end
Calibrate: This is where you can calibrate the BEEP base and configure the settings for the sensors. To do so, click on each sensor to get to the setting screen.
Temperature: If you have multiple temperature sensors you can name them and specify whether the sensor is placed in- or outside the hive. Click 'Finish' to return to the 'Calibrate' menu.
Weight: In order to setup the weight sensor you need to determine the tare weight, or zero value, of the scale. Make sure that nothing is placed on the scale and press 'Tare'. Step on your person scale to find out your weight in kilograms. Step on the BEEP base scale and enter your weight in the app and press the calibrate button.
You have now calibrated the BEEP base scale. If you want to do it again you will get a notice that the scale is already calibrated. Click 'I'm sure' if you want to continue the calibration.
Audio: The audio settings are default, so you do not have to adjust them.
LoRa: In the calibrate menu, click 'Next' to go to the LoRa settings.
To configure your LoRa you can click on 'Automatic configuration'.
- If you have a LoRa connection, you will see 'Successfully connected' in the screen. Click 'Next'.
- If you do not have a LoRa connection, you are not in reach of the TTN network. You can choose to purchase a LoRa gateway and install it or to do measurements with the BEEP base and upload the data at a later point in time. Click 'Try again' or 'Skip'.
Note: if you do not have LoRa, you can still use the BEEP base to do measurements. The BEEP base will save those on the PCB and you will be able to extract the data.
Energy: you can choose how often you want the BEEP base to take measurements. You can see the estimated battery life per measurement interval.
Note: choose the interval in which you want to receive to measurements, also if you do not have LoRa coverage.
Congratulations: you have successfully configured your BEEP base!
Main menu: In the main menu you can find the settings of your BEEP base(s). Click on the BEEP base in the first screen, then click on 'Connect to device' and you will get the device details listed.
All settings have been configured except for 'Tilt'. In this setting you can enable or disable the tilt sensor. If the tilt sensor is disabled, the BEEP base will not turn off when tilted. In the new BEEP base, the tilt sensor is standardly disabled.