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Using a Raspberry Pi for Greenhouse Monitoring

Ever thought of monitoring a greenhouse environment with a custom touch? The Sense Hat add-on board for Raspberry Pi makes it reasonably easy. Raspberry Pi is being used for quite some time to develop coding skills and many fascinating projects.


A greenhouse environment thrives on the dependency on a controlled environment. So it needs regular monitoring. Apartments and office buildings can also be monitored too using the Sense Hat. So we can use this to monitor a Greenhouse perfectly.



The Sense Hat add-on has various sensors and can perfectly monitor temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure. It also has an accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope. The 8x8 RGB LED matrix is capable enough to display accurate output immediately on any chosen output device. It has a built-in joystick to maneuver the settings that can also be toggled on the Python IDE.


Setting up The Sense Hat


The Raspberry Pi org has made it fairly easy to implement and attach additional hardware to the base application. There are four mounts on each side of the Sense Hat. This screw mounts match-up easily with the pins and the heatsink of the Raspberry Pi unit.


Once the HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) is mounted via the GPIO and the power cord is connected, the output can be viewed on the display easily. There are pre-installed packages to tweak and experiment with the settings for even a beginner.


On the Linux kernel, the Raspberry Pi works with Python 3 or a specific Sense Hat python debugger. To install the Sense Hat python library, type the following code in the command line: sudo apt-get install sense-hat


The Sense Hat has a built-in IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) that can separately track some of the most important attributes. And this is the reason it was mainly developed but the board is more functional than that.


Using a Raspberry Pi for Greenhouse Monitoring


As the temperature is always fluctuating in this era and we need more fresh food than ever, greenhouses are becoming more popular every year. Even solo projects are carried out for growing fresh food for the family.

The number one usage of a greenhouse environment is to control the temperature and humidity. Letting the extra heat go and importing only what is needed for the plants. The Sense Hat can monitor these activities and send direct output to the phone, computer, or log on the SD card.


8x8 bit RGB can also show real-time output on the device itself. For the personal weather station, the whole application should be inside a protective case itself for protection and durability.


Configuring some system lines on the Raspberry Pi Sense Hat is easy. Giving it a hostname and setting up controls and time zone is crucial. The Pi application can boot from the SD card and needs an upgrade of the Sense Hat package.

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