Monitoring the edge with Prometheus pt. 1

A method of self-similar monitoring for the edge. Properly monitoring a fleet of devices is an evolving art. One of the current leaders in the server world for application and hardware monitoring is Prometheus, both for bare metal and as a first-class citizen in the Kubernetes world. In order to

Build a TTN LoRa Gateway with balenaFin and balenaCloud

We’ve taken a look at deploying a gateway for TTN on our blog in the past, but this time we’re going to look at setting one up using the new balenaFin with plug and play hardware! We’ll use the on-board mPCIe slot to interface with a RAK

Sensors and Data Logging with Embedded Linux - The Ultimate Guide Part 3: Multi-Device Sensor Dashboard

This is the third and final part in a series that dives into logging sensor data with embedded Linux, containers, and Balena's platform. The first part was a deep dive into how sensors can be read by embedded Linux, and the second part explored how to collect and graph sensor

Build a Raspberry Pi-based network camera using WebRTC

Do you want to be able to monitor your house, workplace, husband, wife, kids, pets, etc. when you are not there? Do you have a Raspberry Pi and a camera laying around? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, keep reading! Updated 9th January 2020 -

Sensors and Data Logging with Embedded Linux - The Ultimate Guide Part 2: Build A Sensor Dashboard

This is the second in a three-part series that dives into logging sensor data with embedded Linux, containers, and Balena's platform. The first part was a deep dive into how sensors can be read by embedded Linux. This second part builds on the first part to add a database and

How to protect your device with PiJuice and balenaCloud

Last week we published a blog post reviewing some UPS (uninterruptible power supply) HATS for the balenaFin and Raspberry Pi to keep your device up and running during power outages. In this post, we will show you how you can easily add the PiJuice to your current project with the

Control your balenaDash display with a web browser & HTTP API

We’re keeping things moving on the balenaDash project and have just added some additional features to the project. Now you can control the display with a web interface and API, and easily connect to new WiFi networks! Now that the balenaDash project has been out in the wild for

Sensors and Data Logging with Embedded Linux - The Ultimate Guide Part 1

This project is the first in a three-part series that explores in depth how to log data from sensors with embedded Linux and a container-based architecture. You'll learn how to connect a sensor to a Linux board and read data from it, how to store and graph sensor data with

Build an air quality monitor with InfluxDB, Grafana, and Docker on a Raspberry Pi

Last updated: 28 May 2020 Have you ever been interested in monitoring the air quality in your home or outside where you live and work? This project, which we’ve dubbed balenaSense, will get you up and running with a setup to take readings of temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and

Running a GUI application with balenaCloud

Have you ever got to a point while working on a project where you absolutely had to run a graphical user interface (GUI) application when you only have access to a headless device? This is an issue that one of our engineers Chris faced a while back while working on