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Microsoft FarmBeats Student Kit: Indoor M1

FarmBeats Student Kit

The FarmBeats Student Kit - Indoor M1, includes preconfigured Microsoft Azure cloud services, and a Raspberry Pi with Windows 10 IoT Core along with soil moisture, light, air temperature, humidity and barometric pressure sensors to collect data that can provide insights to help you understand how to improve productivity, increase yield, and save resources.

What are the components that make up the kit

The FarmBeats Student Kit Indoor M1 is an Internet of Things (IoT) solution that is made up of several technology components that include the cloud and the device.

Windows 10 IoT Core operating system

Windows 10 IoT Core is the smallest member of the Windows 10 family that brings power, security and manageability to the Internet of Things (IoT). It allows individuals and organizations to create secure devices that can be quickly provisioned, easily managed, and seamlessly connected to the cloud.

Grove system and sensors

Grove is an electronics system that simplifies connections to hundreds of different sensors, so you can program them to monitor, control, and automate devices. Sensors included in the kit: soil moisture, light, air temperature and humidity.

Azure IoT Central cloud service

Azure IoT Central is a fully managed Internet of Things (IoT) Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that makes it easy to create products that connect the physical and digital worlds, monitor, and manage your IoT devices.

Azure Maps geospatial data browsing

Add maps, search, routing, and traffic capabilities to your apps with geospatial services APIs that integrate seamlessly with other Azure tools and services.

Installation Checklist

To assist you in getting through the setup documentation we have created this checklist. Download, print out, and check of each off the key installation steps as you go, to ensure you don’t miss anything important.

Known Issues and Frequently Asked Questions

To keep any a single place for issues, additional questions, troubleshooting information we have put together a list of known issues and frequently asked questions here.

Setting up your FarmBeats Student Kit

To get started follow these instructions:

How to purchase a FarmBeats Student Kit

At this time we are only supplying the FarmBeats Student Kit customized and pre-configured for educational institutions like schools, universities and code clubs. If you would like to purchase kits then please visit the FarmBeats Student Kit web portal and contact us or email us at

However, if you would like to purchase the individual kit components and make a kit up yourself you are more than welcome to purchase the same components and utilize our cloud services for provisioning, monitoring and managing up to five devices for free.

FarmBeats Student Kit: Indoor M1 Hardware List

Parts List

  • 1 x Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

  • 1 x Grove Base for Raspberry Pi

  • 1 x Grove Soil Moisture Sensor

  • 1 x Grove Temperature, Humidity & Barometer Sensor

  • 1 x Grove Light Sensor

  • 2 x Grove 50cm Long Cables

  • 1 x SD Card 32GB Micro

  • 1 x SD Card USB Adapter

  • 1 x Power Supply & Cable

  • 1 x Ethernet Cable

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