14 June 2022 / Last updated: 14 Jun 2022

balena monthly roundup - June 2022

This month, balenaForums member bversluijs shared his expertise on using openbalena to manage fleets and to prototype ideas. In his blog post he teaches you how to use an external AWS S3 provider for openbalena instead of using the integrated Minio S3 container. Check out the whole tutorial here.
Also in this months email:

The latest from balena

Connect a Seeed sensor with your balena Helium Data-Only Hotspot on Datacake

​​In this tutorial, we add a practical gardening use case to the Helium hotspot: monitoring the temperature and moisture level of plants outside (while mining a small amount of $HNT depending on the type of equipment you use!).

Bring your model railroad to life with balena

In this tutorial, our latest balena resident graduate reflects on his first few months at balena and teaches you how to bring your model railroad to life with LED, movement, and sound automation using balena.

Catch up on the latest balenaHub Meetup on LoRa and LoRaWAN

At the May balenaHub meetup, Developer Advocate Marc Pous and balena Ambassador Xosé Pérez discussed how LoRa works and showcased the balenaHub applications available to run your own Lora gateway or LoRaWAN network server and answered your questions.

Check out the winning balena Hack Week project

Our Hack Week is an internal company hackathon where we hack together on new projects to help improve users' experience of balena. We then vote for our favorites as part of a friendly competition.

This month on balenaHub

Check out some of our newest Open Fleets, Projects and Blocks on balenaHub.
  • ISEG-RPI - The most popular digital signage project for the Raspberry Pi
  • Balena-passbolt - Passbolt is an open source password manager designed for collaboration.
  • Displane - Turn your device into a powerful Digital Signage display
  • DesktopWeather - A fun project that sits on your desk and shows the current weather
  • 2g4-udp-packet-forwarder - Deploys a LoRaWAN gateway with UDP Packet Forwarder

Community Highlights

Join us at Embedded World 2022

Are you attending Embedded World in Nuremberg this month? Join the IoT Stars Developers Workshop by Blues Wireless, balena and Datacake and learn how to build IoT projects using powerful development tools for the connectivity, the edge, ML and data visualization.

BalenaHub Meetup #3 - Home Automation

Join us for the 3rd balenaHub community Meetup to discuss Home Automation and learn more about deploying the home automation projects you can find on Hub. Register your spot now.

Balena Customer Seeed show us how they scaled

The Helium hotspot manufacturer Seeed wrote this article to show us how they remotely manage their devices and perform over the air updates at scale using balena.

Build IBM MicroShift with balena

MicroShift is a research project that is exploring how OpenShift OKD Kubernetes distribution can be optimized for small form factor devices and edge computing. Learn how to deploy it with balenaOS in this blog post.

Deploy more easily with Tilt

Tilt is a toolkit for fixing the pains of microservice development. In this blog post, a balena community member shows us how Tilt can save you needing to manually rebuild your docker compose file.

Work with us

We’re looking for a number of roles for our growing team.
  • Senior Software Engineer - Remote, Australia based
  • Picker - Athens
  • Backend Engineer
Check them out, or if you think you could be a great fit for balena, design your own role and introduce yourself to us via open call. We’d love to get to know you better.
by Team balenaThe global group of product builders that brings you balena

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