I am a honey bee researcher and I want to build a temperature sensing system to monitor the temperature changes in the three dimensional space within the hive body using 5 sensors on each hive frame (25 sensors on the frames), five sensors on each side (20 sensors on the sides), and 5 sensors on the top and bottom of the hive (10 sensors top + bottom). There are 55 sensors in total.
I need to collect the temperature at each sensor as well as the average temperature inside the entire hive. During winter, when the hive can be as cold as -23.3 C, the cluster temperature (~100 bees and the queen) keeps the temperature within the cluster at ~26.7 C. If the cluster breaks, the bees will freeze to death. I want to track their movement through the hive (the cluster is in constant motion).
Several engineering students have attempted to solve this problem to no avail. This project is more than 10 years old.
Essentially, I need to create a grid that will allow me to track the temperature in a 3D space. I will be connecting the sensors to a Raspberry Pi and I will connect the system to a remote transmitter / receiver.