Quickly Connect an Argon IoT Device to QuestDB
I’m back to Particle.io again. I saw that they were having a 30% off sale on the new Argon and some developer kits, so I had to jump on it, since I haven’t gotten any new Particle hardware in years. So, what follows is a complete guide to connecting one of these kits to QuestDB in order to store the data, and then building a dashboard on top of it with Grafana .
Rev'ing the Demo Hardware
If you’ve been reading me for any length of time at all, you’ll know that I build lots of little hardware projects. What better way to highlight the IoT capabilities of InfluxDB than to build hardware that writes data to it constantly! But some of my hardware demos have been getting old, and some of them have been getting abused, so I decided it was time to revamp them with some new hardware, I’m even going to make them fully wireless by adding LiPo batteries so they can go mobile during presentations and demos!
Building an InfluxDB IoT Edge Data Collection Device
I’ve been saying I was going to write this whole project up for some time now but it has been such a daunting task that I’ve been putting it off, starting and stopping, and generally not getting it done for a few months. Finally, I have it! This is both a hardware build and a software build, and there are a lot of moving parts, so be prepared! Overview I wanted to build a demonstration system that would show off the capabilities of using InfluxData — the entire TICK Stack — on the extreme edge of an IoT Architecture.
Building An IoT Gateway Device for local Alerting and Data Downsampling
There are all sorts of ways to architect your IoT Deployment, and what’s right for one enterprise will not necessarily be right for another. Depending on the size and complexity of your IoT project , there can be, of course, a lot of components. One of the more universal architectures is to deploy sensor hubs or gateway devices to collect data from a number of sensor nodes and then forward that data on to an upstream data collection system for the enterprise.
Getting Started with the Renesas IoT Fast Prototyping Kit
I’ve been meaning to get to this for a couple of weeks, and have been waylaid by a bunch of other things that kept popping up, but I’ve been working away with these, and thought I’d post at least an initial post about these kits. Renesas was kind enough to give me both theS3 IoT Fast Prototyping Kit and the S7 Starter Kit, both of which are really really nice boards for doing IoT prototyping.
InfluxDB on ARTIK-520 Redux
Last week I wrote a piece on installing and running the InfluxDB time series database, ingestion, dashboard and action packages on your ARTIK-520, but I need to update that post, and it’s a bit more than just a few edits. Influx Data supplies the Linux binaries as packages for most of the major distributions, but the ARM distribution is just as a binary, with no package installation scripts, etc. I thought I’d show you how (and why) I fixed that for my ARTIK-520.
Running InfluxDB on an ARTIK-520
Let’s face it, the IoT is about data. I said it just a few weeks ago. It’s about collecting data. Lots of data. But it’s actually about a lot more than just collecting data. Simply collecting data doesn’t really get you anywhere if all you do is collect it. To be useful, IoT data has to be relevant, accurate, and actionable. That last part is the key, really. Actionable data. In order to make your data actionable, you have to be able to analyze it, in real time preferably.
Accessing your Raspberry Pi Zero W
If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on a Raspberry Pi Zero W, then you might enjoy this. If you’re still waiting for one, bookmark this. Unless you happen to have extra HDMI monitors, keyboards and mice lying around. I don’t, so configuring mine was a pain in the ass. I’ve solved that pain for you, so read on. First, of course, you’ll need to download and install the latest Raspian-OS.
OpenHAB Server on ARTIK-520
As I said earlier, when you have a hammer … So I decided to set up Yet Another IoT Gateway. This time I took a look at OpenHAB the “vendor and technology agnostic open source automation software for your home.” Why not, right? I’ve already set up a Droplit.io edge server, and an Eclipse Kura server, so why not give one more a try right? Right. So let’s dive in.
Intel Edison Update
I need to amend my previous post about the Intel Edison. It turns out it may not be the Edison module itself but rather the Intel Mini-Breakout Board that is at fault when t comes to at least the I2C failure. I still have to see about the SPI failures. Here’s why I have reached that conclusion: I ordered some of the Sparkfun Blocks for Intel Edison© and went back to fooling with them.
Intel Edison Big Hat, No Cattle
It was almost exactly a year ago that I bought my first Intel Edison development kit. I was all excited about the prospects of it, as you can see here. It’s a nice, small, powerful (if power-hungry) IoT board that held a lot of promise for development and prototyping. I wish I were still as excited about it. I’ve tried, a couple of times, to use it for some development project or another.
I should have posted this back in October, but a few things happened. So I’m posting it now. I saw a few articles on the Spark.io board a while back, and had been anxiously awaiting its release. Then I got really really busy, and forgot all about it. Then I got unbusy again, and lo and behold, it was now called particle.io, and they had a few different boards. The Photon and the Electron.