In this project we take a Raspberry Pi 2 and use it to send some pH data to the Microsoft Cloud. The Raspberry Pi 2 seems like it might be overkill for this purpose but there are a few other nice things that we can do with this computer. We can write a few estimation algorithms to "clean up" the noisy output of the sensor. This work will mostly be done in Python while the work on the microsoft Azure side will be mostly in NodeJS for now. We use Microsoft's DocumentDB framework to store the data and retrieve it. We are also making the hardware side open source so feel free to also use "portal-0"
Embedded Code Overview
The purpose of this file is to initialize the communication with the Atlas Scientific probe and then write it to a file. It just repeats this process endlessly. You should probably run it in the background. You could also take out the 'print' statements but I leave them in there so you can 'see' it working on the embedded side.
import serial # required for communication with boards import time, datetime from time import strftime # used for timestamps #USB parameters usbport = '/dev/ttyACM0' ser = serial.Serial(usbport, 9600, timeout = 0) # sets the serial port to the specified port, with a 9600 baud rate # Timeout = 0 tells the serial port to not wait for input if there is non # declare and initialize the data buffers line = "" user_input = "" #clear serial buffer ser.write("\r") #turn on LEDS ser.write("L,1\r") #enable streaming ser.write("C,1\r") def check_ph_level(line): # compares the ph reading to a value and displays if its higher or lower try: ph = float(line) # converts the string into a floating point number if(ph >= 7.5): print("High"+ "\n") if(ph < 7.5): print("Low"+ "\n") except ValueError: # if the string is not a valid floating point number, dont do anything pass filename = "data.txt" ## "/hummingbirdembedded1/models/data.txt" ## " #main loop while True: # sensor receive data = ser.read() # get serial data if(data == "\r"): # if its terminated by a newline print("> " + strftime("%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S") + " Received from sensor: " + line + "\n") #print the timestamp and received data to the main screen check_ph_level(line) # calls function to check ph levels with open(filename,"r+") as f: f.seek(0) f.write("P " + line) f.close() line = "" # clears the input time.sleep(5) else: line = line + data # if the line isn't complete, add the new characters to it time.sleep(5)
Here is how you post the data. Like I said we are giving out the key for anyone to post to our service. You can also see the hash algorithm. This took awhile to figure out so I hope someone can benefit from it.
import re, requests, json ,datetime, time import urllib import hashlib import hmac import base64 class sensor(object): def __init__(self, sType=None, value=None, unit=None, status=None): self.sType = sType self.value = value self.unit = unit self.status = status class Device(object): def __init__(self, power=None, sensor=sensor, ID=None, name=None, version=None, deviceStatus=None): self.deviceStaus = deviceStatus self.power = power self.sensor = sensor self.ID = ID self.name = name self.version= version def uploadData(): sD = "" key = 'YOMfbmtih/oEERPw3u3ha2wazXR0N2uSFsN61+cKjpM=' url = 'https://vivaplanetbusservicedev.servicebus.windows.net/hummingbirdqueue/messages' keyName = 'DevicePolicy' now = datetime.datetime.utcnow() then = datetime.datetime(1970, 1, 1, 0, 00, 00, 000000) expiry = str(int((now-datetime.datetime(1970,1,1)).total_seconds())) ## '1440710529' ## ##print str(expiry) resourceUri = urllib.quote_plus(url).lower() message = bytes(resourceUri).encode(...Read more »