Wireless field gateway protocol V2

I have now built a couple of nRF2L01P field gateways (for AdaFriut.IO & Azure IoT Hubs) which run as a background tasks on Windows 10 IoT Core on RaspberyPI). I have also written several clients which run on Arduino, devDuino, Netduino, and Seeeduino devices.

I have tried to keep the protocol simple (telemetry only) to deploy and it will be used in high school student projects in the next couple of weeks.

To make the payload smaller the first byte of the message now specifies the message type in the top nibble and the length of the device unique identifier in the bottom nibble.

0 = Echo

The message is displayed by the field gateway as text & hexadecimal.

1 = Device identifier + Comma separated values (CSV) payload

[0] – Set to 0001, XXXX   Device identifier length

[1]..[1+Device identifier length] – Unique device identifier bytes e.g. Mac address

[1+Device identifier length+1 ]..[31] – CSV payload e.g.  SensorID value, SensorID value

 

Wireless field gateway protocol V1

I’m going to build a number of nRF2L01P field gateways (Netduino Ethernet & Wifi running .NetMF, Raspberry PI running Windows 10 IoT Core, RedBearLab 3200  etc.), clients which run on a variety of hardware (Arduino, devDuino, Netduino, Seeeduino etc.) which, then upload data to a selection of IoT Cloud services (AdaFruit.IO, ThingSpeak, Microsoft IoT Central etc.)

The nRF24L01P is widely supported with messages up to 32 bytes long, low power consumption and 250kbps, 1Mbps and 2Mbps data rates.

The aim is to keep the protocol simple (telemetry only initially) to implement and debug as the client side code will be utilised by high school student projects.

The first byte of the message specifies the message type

0 = Echo

The message is displayed by the field gateway as text & hexadecimal.

1 = Device identifier + Comma separated values (CSV) payload

[0] – Set to 1

[1] – Device identifier length

[2]..[2+Device identifier length] – Unique device identifier bytes e.g. Mac address

[2+Device identifier length+1 ]..[31] – CSV payload e.g.  SensorID value, SensorID value

Overtime I will support more message types and wireless protocols.

 

AdaFruit IO Swagger based desktop HTTP client

Manually building clients for complex RESTful APIs (like AdaFruit.IO) can be a bit tedious so I figured I would try generating a C# http client from the Swagger OpenAPI specification(OAS) metadata.

My initial attempts using the Swagger Editor and NSwag on the AdaFruit.IO public API description didn’t go so well. (for more info see this AdaFruit.IO support forum thread) You may need to manually modify the type of the id field in Data & DataResponse, plus possibly other responses.

After figuring out how to set the API key, my code which uploads simulates three individual feeds and one feed group appears to work reliably.

/*

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THIS CODE AND INFORMATION IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY
KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE
IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND/OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE.

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 */
using System;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using AdaFruit.IO;

namespace AdaFruit.IO
{
   public partial class Client
   {
      string adaFruitIOApiKey = "yourAPIKey";

      partial void PrepareRequest(System.Net.Http.HttpClient client, System.Net.Http.HttpRequestMessage request, string url)
      {
         client.DefaultRequestHeaders.Add("X-AIO-Key", adaFruitIOApiKey);
      }
   }
}

namespace devMobile.IoT.Adafruit.IO.Desktop
{
   class Program
   {
      static void Main(string[] args)
      {
         string userName = "YourUserName"; // This is mixed case & case sensitive
         // The feed group and feed key are forced to lower case by UI
         const string feedGroup = "devduinov2-dot-2";
         const string temperatureKey = "t";
         const double temperatureBase = 20.0;
         const double temperatureRange = 10.0;
         const string humidityKey = "h";
         const double humidityBase = 70.0;
         const double humidityRange = 20.0;
         const string batteryVoltageKey = "v";
         const double batteryVoltageBase = 3.00;
         const double batteryVoltageRange = -1.00;
         TimeSpan feedUpdateDelay = new TimeSpan(0, 0, 15);
         TimeSpan groupUpdateDelay = new TimeSpan(0, 0, 30);
         Random random = new Random();

         while (true)
         {
            Client client = new Client();
            double temperature = temperatureBase + random.NextDouble() * temperatureRange;
            double humidity = humidityBase + random.NextDouble() * humidityRange;
            double batteryVoltage = batteryVoltageBase + random.NextDouble() * batteryVoltageRange;

            Debug.WriteLine("Temperature {0}°C  Humidity {1}%  Battery Voltage {2}V", temperature.ToString("F1"), humidity.ToString("F0"), batteryVoltage.ToString("F2"));

            // First Update the 3 feeds individually
            // Temperature
            Datum temperatureDatum = new Datum()
            {
               Value = temperature.ToString("F1"),
            };
            client.CreateDataAsync(userName, temperatureKey, temperatureDatum).Wait();
            Task.Delay(feedUpdateDelay).Wait();

            // Humidity
            Datum humidityDatum = new Datum()
            {
               Value = humidity.ToString("F0"),
            };
            client.CreateDataAsync(userName, humidityKey, humidityDatum).Wait();
            Task.Delay(feedUpdateDelay).Wait();

            // Battery
            Datum batteryDatum = new Datum()
            {
               Value = batteryVoltage.ToString("F2"),
            };
            client.CreateDataAsync(userName, batteryVoltageKey, batteryDatum).Wait();
            Task.Delay(feedUpdateDelay).Wait();

            // Then update a feed in a group
            Group_feed_data devDuinoData = new Group_feed_data();

            devDuinoData.Feeds.Add(new Anonymous2() { Key = temperatureKey, Value = temperature.ToString("F1")});
            devDuinoData.Feeds.Add(new Anonymous2() { Key = humidityKey, Value = humidity.ToString("F0")});
            devDuinoData.Feeds.Add(new Anonymous2() { Key = batteryVoltageKey, Value = batteryVoltage.ToString("F2")});

            client.CreateGroupDataAsync(userName, feedGroup, devDuinoData).Wait();
            Task.Delay(groupUpdateDelay).Wait();
         }
      }
   }
}

AdaFruit IO basic desktop HTTP client

AdaFruit IO meets my basic criteria as it has support for HTTP/S clients (it also has an MQTT interface which I will look at in a future post) and the API is well documented.

My first Proof of Concept (PoC) was to build a desktop client which used the HttpWebRequest (for ease of porting to NetMF) classes to upload data.

The program uploaded one of three simulated values to AdaFruit.IO every 10 seconds.

I found the username, group, and feed keys to be case sensitive so pay close attention to the values displayed in the webby UI or copy n paste.

program.cs

 class Program
   {
      static void Main(string[] args)
      {
         string adaFruitIOApiBaseUrl = "https://IO.adafruit.com/api/v2/";
         string adaFruitIOUserName = "YourUserName"; // This is mixed case & case sensitive
         string adaFruitIOApiKey = "YourAPIKey";
         // The feed group and feed key are forced to lower case by UI
         const string feedGroup = "";
         //const string feedGroup = "devduinov2-dot-2";
         const string temperatureKey = "t";
         const double temperatureBase = 20.0;
         const double temperatureRange = 10.0;
         const string humidityKey = "h";
         const double humidityBase = 70.0;
         const double humidityRange = 20.0;
         const string batteryVoltageKey = "v";
         const double batteryVoltageBase = 3.00;
         const double batteryVoltageRange = -1.00;
         TimeSpan dataUpdateDelay = new TimeSpan(0, 0, 10);
         Random random = new Random();

         while (true)
         {
            double temperature = temperatureBase + random.NextDouble() * temperatureRange;
            Console.WriteLine("Temperature {0}°C", temperature.ToString("F1"));
            AdaFruitIoFeedUpdate(adaFruitIOApiBaseUrl, adaFruitIOUserName, adaFruitIOApiKey, feedGroup, temperatureKey, temperature.ToString("F1"));

            Thread.Sleep(dataUpdateDelay);

            double humidity = humidityBase + random.NextDouble() * humidityRange;
            Console.WriteLine("Humidity {0}%", humidity.ToString("F0"));
            AdaFruitIoFeedUpdate(adaFruitIOApiBaseUrl, adaFruitIOUserName, adaFruitIOApiKey, feedGroup, humidityKey, humidity.ToString("F0"));

            Thread.Sleep(dataUpdateDelay);

            double batteryVoltage = batteryVoltageBase + random.NextDouble() * batteryVoltageRange;
            Console.WriteLine("Battery voltage {0}V", batteryVoltage.ToString("F2"));
            AdaFruitIoFeedUpdate(adaFruitIOApiBaseUrl, adaFruitIOUserName, adaFruitIOApiKey, feedGroup, batteryVoltageKey, batteryVoltage.ToString("F2"));

            Thread.Sleep(dataUpdateDelay);
         }
      }

client.cs

      public void AdaFruitIoFeedUpdate(string apiBaseUrl, string userName, string apiKey, string group, string feedKey, string value, int httpRequestTimeoutmSec = 2500, int httpRequestReadWriteTimeoutmSec = 5000)
      {
         string feedUrl;

         if (group.Trim() == string.Empty)
         {
            feedUrl = apiBaseUrl + userName + @"/feeds/" + feedKey + @"/data";
         }
         else
         {
            feedUrl = apiBaseUrl + userName + @"/feeds/" + group.Trim() + "." + feedKey + @"/data";
         }

         Console.WriteLine(" Feed URL :{0}", feedUrl);

         try
         {
            HttpWebRequest request = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(feedUrl);
            {
               string payload = @"{""value"": """ + value + @"""}";

               byte[] buffer = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(payload);

               DateTime httpRequestedStartedAtUtc = DateTime.UtcNow;

               request.Method = "POST";
               request.ContentLength = buffer.Length;
               request.ContentType = @"application/json";
               request.Headers.Add("X-AIO-Key", apiKey);
               request.KeepAlive = false;
               request.Timeout = httpRequestTimeoutmSec;
               request.ReadWriteTimeout = httpRequestReadWriteTimeoutmSec;

               using (Stream stream = request.GetRequestStream())
               {
                  stream.Write(buffer, 0, buffer.Length);
               }

               using (var response = (HttpWebResponse)request.GetResponse())
               {
                  Console.WriteLine(" Status: " + response.StatusCode + " : " + response.StatusDescription);
               }

               TimeSpan duration = DateTime.UtcNow - httpRequestedStartedAtUtc;
               Console.WriteLine(" Duration: " + duration.ToString());
            }
         }
         catch (Exception ex)
         {
            Console.WriteLine(ex.Message);
            throw;
         }
      }
   }

This approach seemed to work pretty reliably

DesktopHTTPRequest