Thanks for the update Louis! That helps - I'll do a FIDO now and upgrade to the apitronics when that comes out. The Zigbee range is fine for on compound, but I'd like to have a way of sending an off-property alert. Ideally an internet interface that could be used as email to text, tweets, etc. Are you planning on integrating with any of the XBee interface modules, or should I look into doing that?
I'm a maker type and brand new to farming.
I have an electrical engineering degree, but have been doing internet work for so long I'm very rusty. I worked in Silicon Valley for a long time, then took a break in New Orleans where I was involved in starting up the hackerspace Gumbo Labs and got back to doing some electronics and microprocessor work. My partner & I have just bought a house in North Hero, VT on 10 acres used primarily for clover. We would like to turn it into a small farm/homestead. Neither of us have any background so very much in the ramping up the learning stage of this adventure. Looking forward to finding ways to contribute to this space.