Maduino LoRa Air Temperature and Soil Moisture

This is a demo MakerFabs Maduino LoRa Radio 868MHz client (based on Maduino LoRa 868MHz example) that uploads telemetry data to my Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry PI AdaFruit.IO and Azure IoT Hub field gateways.

The code is available on github

Sample hardware
Azure IoT Central data visualisation

The Maduino device in the picture is a custom version with an onboard Microchip ATSHA204 crypto and authentication chip (currently only use for the unique 72 bit serial number) and a voltage divider connected to the analog pin A6 to monitor the battery voltage.

There are compile time options ATSHA204 & BATTERY_VOLTAGE_MONITOR which can be used to selectively enable this functionality.

I use the Arduino lowpower library to aggressively sleep the device between measurements

// Adjust the delay so period is close to desired sec as possible, first do 8sec chunks. 
  int delayCounter = SensorUploadDelay / 8 ;
  for( int i = 0 ; i < delayCounter ; i++ )
  {
     LowPower.powerDown(SLEEP_8S, ADC_OFF, BOD_OFF);  
  }
  
  // Then to 4 sec chunk
  delayCounter =  ( SensorUploadDelay % 8 ) / 4;
  for( int i = 0 ; i < delayCounter ; i++ )
  {
     LowPower.powerDown(SLEEP_4S, ADC_OFF, BOD_OFF);  
  }

  // Then to 2 sec chunk
  delayCounter =  ( SensorUploadDelay % 4 ) / 2 ;
  for( int i = 0 ; i < delayCounter ; i++ )
  {
     LowPower.powerDown(SLEEP_2S, ADC_OFF, BOD_OFF);  
  }

  // Then to 1 sec chunk
  delayCounter =  ( SensorUploadDelay % 2 ) ;
  for( int i = 0 ; i < delayCounter ; i++ )
  {
     LowPower.powerDown(SLEEP_1S, ADC_OFF, BOD_OFF);  
  }
}

I use a spare digital PIN for powering the soil moisture probe so it can be powered down when not in use. I have included a short delay after powering up the device to allow the reading to settle.

  // Turn on soil mosture sensor, take reading then turn off to save power
  digitalWrite(SoilMoistureSensorEnablePin, HIGH);
  delay(SoilMoistureSensorEnableDelay);
  int soilMoistureADCValue = analogRead(SoilMoistureSensorPin);
  digitalWrite(SoilMoistureSensorEnablePin, LOW);
  int soilMoisture = map(soilMoistureADCValue,SoilMoistureSensorMinimum,SoilMoistureSensorMaximum, SoilMoistureValueMinimum, SoilMoistureValueMaximum); 
  PayloadAdd( "s", soilMoisture, false);

Bill of materials (Prices Nov 2019)

  • Maduino LoRa Radion (868MHz) 18.90
  • SHT20 I2C Temperature & Humidity Sensor (Waterproof Probe) USD22.50
  • Pinotech SoilWatch 10 – Soil moisture sensor USD23
  • Elecrow 1 Watt solar panel with wires USD3.80
  • 500 mAh LI-Ion battery

The software could easily be modified to support additional sensors.

RFM69 hat library Part12D

Enums and Masks – Packet lengths, addressing & CRCs

The RFM69CW/RFM69HCW module (based on the Semtech SX1231/SX1231H) has configurable (RegSyncConfig) synchronisation sequences (the length, tolerance for errors and the individual byte values).

By default synchronisation is enabled and a default sequence of bytes is used, in my library synchronisation is NOT enabled until a SyncValue is provided.

I added some additional constants and enumerations for the other settings configured in RegSyncConfig.

// RegSyncConfig 
// This is private because default ignored and flag set based on SyncValues parameter being specified rather than default
private enum RegSyncConfigSyncOn
{
	Off = 0b00000000,
	On = 0b10000000
}

public enum RegSyncConfigFifoFileCondition
{
	SyncAddressInterrupt = 0b00000000,
	FifoFillCondition =    0b01000000
}

private const RegSyncConfigFifoFileCondition SyncFifoFileConditionDefault = RegSyncConfigFifoFileCondition.SyncAddressInterrupt;
readonly byte[] SyncValuesDefault = {0x01, 0x01, 0x01, 0x01};
public const byte SyncValuesSizeDefault = 4;
public const byte SyncValuesSizeMinimum = 1;
public const byte SyncValuesSizeMaximum = 8;

private const byte SyncToleranceDefault = 0;
public const byte SyncToleranceMinimum = 0;
public const byte SyncToleranceMaximum = 7;

I also added some guard conditions to the initialise method which validate the syncFifoFileCondition, syncTolerance and syncValues length.

public void Initialise(RegOpModeMode modeAfterInitialise,
	BitRate bitRate = BitRateDefault,
	ushort frequencyDeviation = frequencyDeviationDefault,
	double frequency = FrequencyDefault,
	ListenModeIdleResolution listenModeIdleResolution = ListenModeIdleResolutionDefault, ListenModeRXTime listenModeRXTime = ListenModeRXTimeDefault, ListenModeCrieria listenModeCrieria = ListenModeCrieriaDefault, ListenModeEnd listenModeEnd = ListenModeEndDefault,
	byte listenCoefficientIdle = ListenCoefficientIdleDefault,
	byte listenCoefficientReceive = ListenCoefficientReceiveDefault,
	bool pa0On = pa0OnDefault, bool pa1On = pa1OnDefaut, bool pa2On = pa2OnDefault, byte outputpower = OutputpowerDefault,
	PaRamp paRamp = PaRampDefault,
	bool ocpOn = OcpOnDefault, byte ocpTrim = OcpTrimDefault,
	LnaZin lnaZin = LnaZinDefault, LnaCurrentGain lnaCurrentGain = LnaCurrentGainDefault, LnaGainSelect lnaGainSelect = LnaGainSelectDefault,
	byte dccFrequency = DccFrequencyDefault, RxBwMant rxBwMant = RxBwMantDefault, byte RxBwExp = RxBwExpDefault,
	byte dccFreqAfc = DccFreqAfcDefault, byte rxBwMantAfc = RxBwMantAfcDefault, byte bxBwExpAfc = RxBwExpAfcDefault,
	ushort preambleSize = PreambleSizeDefault,
	RegSyncConfigFifoFileCondition? syncFifoFileCondition = null, byte? syncTolerance = null, byte[] syncValues = null,
	RegPacketConfig1PacketFormat packetFormat = RegPacketConfig1PacketFormat.FixedLength,
	RegPacketConfig1DcFree packetDcFree = RegPacketConfig1DcFreeDefault,
	bool packetCrc = PacketCrcOnDefault,
	bool packetCrcAutoClearOff = PacketCrcAutoClearOffDefault,
	RegPacketConfig1CrcAddressFiltering packetAddressFiltering = PacketAddressFilteringDefault,
	byte payloadLength = PayloadLengthDefault,
	byte addressNode = NodeAddressDefault, byte addressbroadcast = BroadcastAddressDefault,
	TxStartCondition txStartCondition = TxStartConditionDefault, byte fifoThreshold = FifoThresholdDefault,
	byte interPacketRxDelay = InterPacketRxDelayDefault, bool restartRx = RestartRxDefault, bool autoRestartRx = AutoRestartRxDefault,
	byte[] aesKey = null
	)
{
	RegOpModeModeCurrent = modeAfterInitialise;
	PacketFormat = packetFormat;

	#region RegSyncConfig + RegSyncValue1 to RegSyncValue8 guard conditions
	if (syncValues != null)
	{
		// If sync enabled (i.e. SyncValues array provided) check that SyncValues not to short/long and SyncTolerance not to small/big
		if ((syncValues.Length < SyncValuesSizeMinimum) || (syncValues.Length > SyncValuesSizeMaximum))
		{
			throw new ArgumentException($"The syncValues array length must be between {SyncValuesSizeMinimum} and {SyncValuesSizeMaximum} bytes", "syncValues");
		}
		if (syncTolerance.HasValue)
		{
			if ((syncTolerance < SyncToleranceMinimum) || (syncTolerance > SyncToleranceMaximum))
			{
				throw new ArgumentException($"The syncTolerance size must be between {SyncToleranceMinimum} and {SyncToleranceMaximum}", "syncTolerance");
			}
		}
	}
	else
	{
		// If sync not enabled (i.e. SyncValues array null) check that no syncFifoFileCondition or syncTolerance configuration specified
		if (syncFifoFileCondition.HasValue)
		{
			throw new ArgumentException($"If Sync not enabled syncFifoFileCondition is not supported", "syncFifoFileCondition");
		}

		if (syncTolerance.HasValue)
		{
			throw new ArgumentException($"If Sync not enabled SyncTolerance is not supported", "syncTolerance");
		}
	}
	#endregion

I also ensure that the syncFifoFileCondition and syncTolerance are not specified if synchronisation is not enabled.

The library also supports the built in RFRM69 node and broadcast addressing which is enabled when the AddressNode and/or AddressBroadcast parameters of the Initialise method are set.

RegPacketConfig1 address filtering options

My first attempt at getting encryption and addressing working together failed badly, the Windows 10 IoT Core device didn’t receive any addressed messages when encryption was enabled. So, I went back and re-read the datasheet again and noticed

“If the address filtering is expected then AddressFiltering must be enabled on the transmitter side as well to prevent address byte to be encrypted”(Sic).

The Arduino client code had to be modified so I could set the node + broadcast address registers and AddressFiltering bit flag in RegPacketConfig1

My RMRFM69.h modifications

enum moduleType {RFM65, RFM65C, RFM69, RFM69C, RFM69H, RFM69HC};
	
 #define ADDRESS_NODE_DEFAULT 0x0
 #define ADDRESS_BROADCAST_DEFAULT 0x0
 #define ADDRESSING_ENABLED_NODE 0x2
 #define ADDRESSING_ENABLED_NODE_AND_BROADCAST 0x4

	class RMRFM69
	{
	 public:
		 RMRFM69(SPIClass &spiPort, byte csPin, byte dio0Pin, byte rstPin);
		 modulationType Modulation; //OOK/FSK/GFSK
		 moduleType COB;				//Chip on board
		 uint32_t Frequency;			//unit: KHz
		 uint32_t SymbolTime;			//unit: ns
		 uint32_t Devation;				//unit: KHz
		 word BandWidth;				//unit: KHz
		 byte OutputPower;				//unit: dBm   range: 0-31 [-18dBm~+13dBm] for RFM69/RFM69C
										//            range: 0-31 [-11dBm~+20dBm] for RFM69H/RFM69HC
		 word PreambleLength;			//unit: byte

		 bool CrcDisable; //fasle: CRC enable�� & use CCITT 16bit
						  //true : CRC disable
		 bool CrcMode;	//false: CCITT

		 bool FixedPktLength; //false: for contain packet length in Tx message, the same mean with variable lenth
							  //true : for doesn't include packet length in Tx message, the same mean with fixed length
		 bool AesOn;		  //false:
							  //true:
		 bool AfcOn;		  //false:
							  //true:
		 byte SyncLength;	 //unit: none, range: 1-8[Byte], value '0' is not allowed!
		 byte SyncWord[8];
		 byte PayloadLength; //PayloadLength is need to be set a value, when FixedPktLength is true.
		 byte AesKey[16];	//AES Key block, note [0]->[15] == MSB->LSB
		 byte AddressNode = ADDRESS_NODE_DEFAULT;
		 byte AddressBroadcast = ADDRESS_BROADCAST_DEFAULT;

		 void vInitialize(void);
		 void vConfig(void);
		 void vGoRx(void);
		 void vGoStandby(void);
		 void vGoSleep(void);
		 bool bSendMessage(byte msg[], byte length);
		 bool bSendMessage(byte Address, byte msg[], byte length);
		 byte bGetMessage(byte msg[]);
		 void vRF69SetAesKey(void);
		 void vTrigAfc(void);

		 void vDirectRx(void);			  //go continuous rx mode, with init. inside
		 void vChangeFreq(uint32_t freq); //change frequency
		 byte bReadRssi(void);			  //read rssi value
		 void dumpRegisters(Stream& out);
	

My RMRFM69.cpp modifications in vConfig

 if(!CrcDisable)
 	{
 	i += CrcOn;
	if(CrcMode)
		i += CrcCalc_IBM;
	else
		i += CrcCalc_CCITT;
	}

if((AddressNode!=ADDRESS_NODE_DEFAULT) || (AddressBroadcast==ADDRESS_BROADCAST_DEFAULT))
   {
      i += ADDRESSING_ENABLED_NODE;
   }

if((AddressNode!=ADDRESS_NODE_DEFAULT) || (AddressBroadcast!=ADDRESS_BROADCAST_DEFAULT))
  {
     i += ADDRESSING_ENABLED_NODE_AND_BROADCAST;
  }

 vSpiWrite(((word)RegPacketConfig1<<8)+i);		

I also validate the lengths of the messages to be sent taking into account whether encryption is enabled\disabled.

STM32 Blue Pill LoRaWAN node

A few weeks ago I ordered an STM32 Blue Pill LoRaWAN node from the M2M Shop on Tindie for evaluation. I have bought a few M2M client devices including a Low power LoRaWan Node Model A328, and Low power LoRaWan Node Model B1284 for projects and they have worked well. This one looked interesting as I had never used a maple like device before.

Bill of materials (Prices as at July 2019)

  • STM32 Blue Pill LoRaWAN node USD21
  • Grove – Temperature&Humidity Sensor USD11.5
  • Grove – 4 pin Female Jumper to Grove 4 pin Conversion Cable USD3.90

The two sockets on the main board aren’t Grove compatible so I used the 4 pin female to Grove 4 pin conversion cable to connect the temperature and humidity sensor.

STM32 Blue Pill LoRaWAN node test rig

I used a modified version of my Arduino client code which worked after I got the pin reset pin sorted and the female sockets in the right order.

/*
  Copyright ® 2019 July devMobile Software, All Rights Reserved

  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.
  
  Adapted from LoRa Duplex communication with Sync Word

  Sends temperature & humidity data from Seeedstudio 

  https://www.seeedstudio.com/Grove-Temperature-Humidity-Sensor-High-Accuracy-Min-p-1921.html

  To my Windows 10 IoT Core RFM 9X library

  https://blog.devmobile.co.nz/2018/09/03/rfm9x-iotcore-payload-addressing/
*/
#include <itoa.h>     
#include <SPI.h>     
#include <LoRa.h>

#include <TH02_dev.h>

#define DEBUG
//#define DEBUG_TELEMETRY
//#define DEBUG_LORA

// LoRa field gateway configuration (these settings must match your field gateway)
const char DeviceAddress[] = {"BLUEPILL"};

// Azure IoT Hub FieldGateway
const char FieldGatewayAddress[] = {"LoRaIoT1"}; 
const float FieldGatewayFrequency =  915000000.0;
const byte FieldGatewaySyncWord = 0x12 ;

// Bluepill hardware configuration
const int ChipSelectPin = PA4;
const int InterruptPin = PA0;
const int ResetPin = -1;

// LoRa radio payload configuration
const byte SensorIdValueSeperator = ' ' ;
const byte SensorReadingSeperator = ',' ;
const byte PayloadSizeMaximum = 64 ;
byte payload[PayloadSizeMaximum];
byte payloadLength = 0 ;

const int LoopDelaySeconds = 300 ;

// Sensor configuration
const char SensorIdTemperature[] = {"t"};
const char SensorIdHumidity[] = {"h"};


void setup()
{
  Serial.begin(9600);
#ifdef DEBUG
  while (!Serial);
#endif
  Serial.println("Setup called");

  Serial.println("LoRa setup start");

  // override the default chip select and reset pins
  LoRa.setPins(ChipSelectPin, ResetPin, InterruptPin);
  if (!LoRa.begin(FieldGatewayFrequency))
  {
    Serial.println("LoRa begin failed");
    while (true); // Drop into endless loop requiring restart
  }

  // Need to do this so field gateways pays attention to messsages from this device
  LoRa.enableCrc();
  LoRa.setSyncWord(FieldGatewaySyncWord);

#ifdef DEBUG_LORA
  LoRa.dumpRegisters(Serial);
#endif
  Serial.println("LoRa setup done.");

  PayloadHeader((byte*)FieldGatewayAddress, strlen(FieldGatewayAddress), (byte*)DeviceAddress, strlen(DeviceAddress));

 // Configure the Seeedstudio TH02 temperature & humidity sensor
  Serial.println("TH02 setup");
  TH02.begin();
  delay(100);
  Serial.println("TH02 Setup done");  

  Serial.println("Setup done");
}

void loop() {
  // read the value from the sensor:
  double temperature = TH02.ReadTemperature();
  double humidity = TH02.ReadHumidity();

  Serial.print("Humidity: ");
  Serial.print(humidity, 0);
  Serial.print(" %\t");
  Serial.print("Temperature: ");
  Serial.print(temperature, 1);
  Serial.println(" *C");

  PayloadReset();

  PayloadAdd(SensorIdHumidity, humidity, 0) ;
  PayloadAdd(SensorIdTemperature, temperature, 1) ;

  LoRa.beginPacket();
  LoRa.write(payload, payloadLength);
  LoRa.endPacket();

  Serial.println("Loop done");

  delay(LoopDelaySeconds * 1000);
}


void PayloadHeader( byte *to, byte toAddressLength, byte *from, byte fromAddressLength)
{
  byte addressesLength = toAddressLength + fromAddressLength ;

#ifdef DEBUG_TELEMETRY
  Serial.println("PayloadHeader- ");
  Serial.print( "To Address len:");
  Serial.print( toAddressLength );
  Serial.print( " From Address len:");
  Serial.print( fromAddressLength );
  Serial.print( " Addresses length:");
  Serial.print( addressesLength );
  Serial.println( );
#endif

  payloadLength = 0 ;

  // prepare the payload header with "To" Address length (top nibble) and "From" address length (bottom nibble)
  payload[payloadLength] = (toAddressLength << 4) | fromAddressLength ;
  payloadLength += 1;

  // Copy the "To" address into payload
  memcpy(&payload[payloadLength], to, toAddressLength);
  payloadLength += toAddressLength ;

  // Copy the "From" into payload
  memcpy(&payload[payloadLength], from, fromAddressLength);
  payloadLength += fromAddressLength ;
}


void PayloadAdd( const char *sensorId, float value, byte decimalPlaces)
{
  byte sensorIdLength = strlen( sensorId ) ;

#ifdef DEBUG_TELEMETRY
  Serial.println("PayloadAdd-float ");
  Serial.print( "SensorId:");
  Serial.print( sensorId );
  Serial.print( " sensorIdLen:");
  Serial.print( sensorIdLength );
  Serial.print( " Value:");
  Serial.print( value, decimalPlaces );
  Serial.print( " payloadLength:");
  Serial.print( payloadLength);
#endif

  memcpy( &payload[payloadLength], sensorId,  sensorIdLength) ;
  payloadLength += sensorIdLength ;
  payload[ payloadLength] = SensorIdValueSeperator;
  payloadLength += 1 ;
  payloadLength += strlen( dtostrf(value, -1, decimalPlaces, (char *)&payload[payloadLength]));
  payload[ payloadLength] = SensorReadingSeperator;
  payloadLength += 1 ;

#ifdef DEBUG_TELEMETRY
  Serial.print( " payloadLength:");
  Serial.print( payloadLength);
  Serial.println( );
#endif
}


void PayloadAdd( const char *sensorId, int value )
{
  byte sensorIdLength = strlen( sensorId ) ;

#ifdef DEBUG_TELEMETRY
  Serial.println("PayloadAdd-int ");
  Serial.print( "SensorId:");
  Serial.print( sensorId );
  Serial.print( " sensorIdLen:");
  Serial.print( sensorIdLength );
  Serial.print( " Value:");
  Serial.print( value );
  Serial.print( " payloadLength:");
  Serial.print( payloadLength);
#endif

  memcpy( &payload[payloadLength], sensorId,  sensorIdLength) ;
  payloadLength += sensorIdLength ;
  payload[ payloadLength] = SensorIdValueSeperator;
  payloadLength += 1 ;
  payloadLength += strlen( itoa( value, (char *)&payload[payloadLength], 10));
  payload[ payloadLength] = SensorReadingSeperator;
  payloadLength += 1 ;

#ifdef DEBUG_TELEMETRY
  Serial.print( " payloadLength:");
  Serial.print( payloadLength);
  Serial.println( );
#endif
}

void PayloadAdd( const char *sensorId, unsigned int value )
{
  byte sensorIdLength = strlen( sensorId ) ;

#ifdef DEBUG_TELEMETRY
  Serial.println("PayloadAdd-unsigned int ");
  Serial.print( "SensorId:");
  Serial.print( sensorId );
  Serial.print( " sensorIdLen:");
  Serial.print( sensorIdLength );
  Serial.print( " Value:");
  Serial.print( value );
  Serial.print( " payloadLength:");
  Serial.print( payloadLength);
#endif

  memcpy( &payload[payloadLength], sensorId,  sensorIdLength) ;
  payloadLength += sensorIdLength ;
  payload[ payloadLength] = SensorIdValueSeperator;
  payloadLength += 1 ;
  payloadLength += strlen( utoa( value, (char *)&payload[payloadLength], 10));
  payload[ payloadLength] = SensorReadingSeperator;
  payloadLength += 1 ;

#ifdef DEBUG_TELEMETRY
  Serial.print( " payloadLength:");
  Serial.print( payloadLength);
  Serial.println( );
#endif
}


void PayloadReset()
{
  byte fromAddressLength = payload[0] & 0xf ;
  byte toAddressLength = payload[0] >> 4 ;
  byte addressesLength = toAddressLength + fromAddressLength ;

  payloadLength = addressesLength + 1;

#ifdef DEBUG_TELEMETRY
  Serial.println("PayloadReset- ");
  Serial.print( "To Address len:");
  Serial.print( toAddressLength );
  Serial.print( " From Address len:");
  Serial.print( fromAddressLength );
  Serial.print( " Addresses length:");
  Serial.print( addressesLength );
  Serial.println( );
#endif
}

To get the application to compile I also had to include itoa.h rather than stdlib.h.

maple_loader v0.1
Resetting to bootloader via DTR pulse
[Reset via USB Serial Failed! Did you select the right serial port?]
Searching for DFU device [1EAF:0003]...
Assuming the board is in perpetual bootloader mode and continuing to attempt dfu programming...

dfu-util - (C) 2007-2008 by OpenMoko Inc.

Initially I had some problems deploying my software because I hadn’t followed the instructions and run the installation batch file.

14:03:56.946 -> Setup called
14:03:56.946 -> LoRa setup start
14:03:56.946 -> LoRa setup done.
14:03:56.946 -> TH02 setup
14:03:57.046 -> TH02 Setup done
14:03:57.046 -> Setup done
14:03:57.115 -> Humidity: 76 %	Temperature: 18.9 *C
14:03:57.182 -> Loop done
14:08:57.226 -> Humidity: 74 %	Temperature: 18.7 *C
14:08:57.295 -> Loop done
14:13:57.360 -> Humidity: 76 %	Temperature: 18.3 *C
14:13:57.430 -> Loop done
14:18:57.475 -> Humidity: 74 %	Temperature: 18.2 *C
14:18:57.544 -> Loop done
14:23:57.593 -> Humidity: 70 %	Temperature: 17.8 *C
14:23:57.662 -> Loop done
14:28:57.733 -> Humidity: 71 %	Temperature: 17.8 *C
14:28:57.802 -> Loop done
14:33:57.883 -> Humidity: 73 %	Temperature: 17.9 *C
14:33:57.952 -> Loop done
14:38:57.997 -> Humidity: 73 %	Temperature: 18.0 *C
14:38:58.066 -> Loop done
14:43:58.138 -> Humidity: 73 %	Temperature: 18.1 *C
14:43:58.208 -> Loop done
14:48:58.262 -> Humidity: 73 %	Temperature: 18.3 *C
14:48:58.331 -> Loop done
14:53:58.374 -> Humidity: 73 %	Temperature: 18.2 *C
14:53:58.444 -> Loop done
14:58:58.509 -> Humidity: 73 %	Temperature: 18.3 *C
14:58:58.578 -> Loop done
15:03:58.624 -> Humidity: 65 %	Temperature: 16.5 *C
15:03:58.694 -> Loop done
15:08:58.766 -> Humidity: 71 %	Temperature: 18.8 *C
15:08:58.836 -> Loop done
15:13:58.893 -> Humidity: 75 %	Temperature: 19.1 *C
15:13:58.963 -> Loop done

I configured the device to upload to my Azure IoT Hub/Azure IoT Central gateway and after getting the device name configuration right it has been running reliably for a couple of days

Azure IoT Central Temperature and humidity

The device was sitting outside on the deck and rapid increase in temperature is me bringing it inside.

RFM69 hat library Part9

Addressing: Rasmatic/RFM69-Arduino-Library

The RFM69CW/RFM69HCW modules (based on the Semtech SX1231/SX1231H) have built in support for addressing individual devices (register RegNodeAdrs 0x39) or broadcasting to groups of devices (register RegBroadcastAdrs 0x3A). In this test harness I’m exploring the RFM69 device support for these two different addressing modes which is configured in RegPacketConfig1 0x37.

RFM69 Address filtering options

The fixed length packet format contains the following fields

  • Preamble (1010…)
  • Sync word (Network ID)
  • Optional Address byte (Node ID)
  • Message data
  • Optional 2-bytes CRC checksum
Fixed length packet format

The variable length packet format contains the following fields

  • Preamble (1010…)
  • Sync word (Network ID)
  • Length byte
  • Optional Address byte (Node ID)
  • Message data
  • Optional 2-bytes CRC checksum
Variable length packet format

My first attempt at addressing was by modifying the payload (the extra space at the start of the payload was replaced by the target device address)

void loop() 
{
  char messageIn[128] = {""};
  char messageOut[32]= {" Hello world:"};

  if (digitalRead(SENDER_DETECT_PIN) == LOW)
  {
    if(radio.bGetMessage(messageIn)!=0)
    { 
      Serial.print("MessageIn:");
      Serial.println(messageIn);
    }    
  }
  else
  {  
    Serial.print("MessageOut:") ;
    itoa(counter,&messageOut[strlen(messageOut)],10);
    Serial.print("(");
    Serial.print(messageOut);
    Serial.println(")");
    Serial.print("Length:") ;
    Serial.println(strlen(messageOut));

    messageOut[0]=0x99;
    if (!radio.bSendMessage(messageOut, strlen(messageOut)))
    {
      Serial.println("bSendMessage failed");
    }
    counter++;
    delay(1000);
  }

The rasmatic/RFM69-Arduino-Library doesn’t natively support sending addressed payloads so I had to add a method to test my Windows 10 IoT Core client.

Initially it truncated messages because I neglected to include the byte with the length of the message in the length of the message. I also had to extend the timeout for sending a message a bit more than I expected for one extra byte.

bool RMRFM69::bSendMessage(byte address, byte msg[], byte length)
{
byte tmp;
 uint32_t overtime;
 word bittime;

 switch(COB)
	{
	case RFM65:									//only for Rx
	case RFM65C:
		return(false);
	case RFM69H:
	case RFM69HC:
 		vSpiWrite(((word)RegTestPa1<<8)+0x5D);		//for HighPower
	 	vSpiWrite(((word)RegTestPa2<<8)+0x7C);
		break;
	default:
	case RFM69:
	case RFM69C:
	 	vSpiWrite(((word)RegTestPa1<<8)+0x55);		//for NormalMode or RxMode
 		vSpiWrite(((word)RegTestPa2<<8)+0x70);
		break;
	}
	
 vSpiWrite(((word)RegDioMapping1<<8)+0x04);	//DIO0 PacketSend  / DIO1 FiflLevel / DIO2 Data /DIO3 FifoFull
 
 if(!FixedPktLength)
 	vSpiWrite(((word)RegFifo<<8)+length+1);
 vSpiWrite(((word)RegFifo<<8)+address);
 
 vSpiBurstWrite(RegFifo, msg, length);
 
 tmp = bSpiRead(RegOpMode);
 tmp&= MODE_MASK;
 tmp |= RADIO_TX;
 vSpiWrite(((word)RegOpMode<<8)+tmp);
  
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 bittime  = SymbolTime/1000;		//unit: us
 overtime = SyncLength+PreambleLength+length+1;
 if(!FixedPktLength)				//SyncWord & PktLength & 2ByteCRC
    overtime += 1;
 if(!CrcDisable)
 	overtime += 2;
 overtime<<=3;					//8bit == 1byte
 overtime*= bittime;
 overtime/= 1000;				//unit: ms
 if(overtime==0) 
 	overtime = 1;
 overtime += (overtime>>3);		//add 12.5% for ensure
 delay(overtime);			//
 for(tmp=0;tmp<1000;tmp++)		//about 50ms for overtime
 	{
 	if(digitalRead(_dio0Pin))
 		break; 	
 	delayMicroseconds(500);
 	}
 vGoStandby();	
 if(tmp>=200)
 	return(false);
 else
 	return(true);
}

The Windows 10 IoT Core library interrupt handler needed some modification to display message only when the address matched and I also displayed the targeted address so I could check that device and broadcast addressing was working

/*
    Copyright ® 2019 July devMobile Software, All Rights Reserved

	 MIT License

	 Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
	 of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal
    in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights
	 to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
	 copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is
    furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

    The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all
	 copies or substantial portions of the Software.

    THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
	 IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
    FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
	 AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER
	 LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM,
    OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE
	 SOFTWARE

 */
namespace devMobile.IoT.Rfm69Hcw.Addressing
{
	using System;
	using System.Diagnostics;
	using System.Runtime.InteropServices.WindowsRuntime;
	using System.Text;
	using System.Threading.Tasks;
	using Windows.ApplicationModel.Background;
	using Windows.Devices.Gpio;
	using Windows.Devices.Spi;

	public sealed class Rfm69HcwDevice
	{
		private SpiDevice Rfm69Hcw;
		private GpioPin InterruptGpioPin = null;
		private const byte RegisterAddressReadMask = 0X7f;
		private const byte RegisterAddressWriteMask = 0x80;

		public Rfm69HcwDevice(int chipSelectPin, int resetPin, int interruptPin)
		{
			SpiController spiController = SpiController.GetDefaultAsync().AsTask().GetAwaiter().GetResult();
			var settings = new SpiConnectionSettings(chipSelectPin)
			{
				ClockFrequency = 500000,
				Mode = SpiMode.Mode0,
			};

			// Factory reset pin configuration
			GpioController gpioController = GpioController.GetDefault();
			GpioPin resetGpioPin = gpioController.OpenPin(resetPin);
			resetGpioPin.SetDriveMode(GpioPinDriveMode.Output);
			resetGpioPin.Write(GpioPinValue.High);
			Task.Delay(100);
			resetGpioPin.Write(GpioPinValue.Low);
			Task.Delay(10);

			// Interrupt pin for RX message & TX done notification 
			InterruptGpioPin = gpioController.OpenPin(interruptPin);
			resetGpioPin.SetDriveMode(GpioPinDriveMode.Input);

			InterruptGpioPin.ValueChanged += InterruptGpioPin_ValueChanged;

			Rfm69Hcw = spiController.GetDevice(settings);
		}

		private void InterruptGpioPin_ValueChanged(GpioPin sender, GpioPinValueChangedEventArgs args)
		{
			if (args.Edge != GpioPinEdge.RisingEdge)
			{
				return;
			}

			byte irqFlags2 = this.RegisterReadByte(0x28); // RegIrqFlags2
			Debug.WriteLine("{0:HH:mm:ss.fff} RegIrqFlags2 {1}", DateTime.Now, Convert.ToString((byte)irqFlags2, 2).PadLeft(8, '0'));
			if ((irqFlags2 & 0b00000100) == 0b00000100)  // PayLoadReady set
			{
				byte irqFlags1 = this.RegisterReadByte(0x27); // RegIrqFlags1

				// Read the length of the buffer
				byte numberOfBytes = this.RegisterReadByte(0x0);

				Debug.WriteLine("{0:HH:mm:ss.fff} RegIrqFlags1 {1}", DateTime.Now, Convert.ToString((byte)irqFlags1, 2).PadLeft(8, '0'));
				if ((irqFlags1 & 0b00000001) == 0b00000001)  // SyncAddressMatch
				{
					byte address = this.RegisterReadByte(0x0);
					Debug.WriteLine("{0:HH:mm:ss.fff} Address 0X{1:X2} b{2}", DateTime.Now, address, Convert.ToString((byte)address, 2).PadLeft(8, '0'));
					numberOfBytes--;
				}

				// Allocate buffer for message
				byte[] messageBytes = new byte[numberOfBytes];

				for (int i = 0; i < numberOfBytes; i++)
				{
					messageBytes[i] = this.RegisterReadByte(0x00); // RegFifo
				}

				string messageText = UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetString(messageBytes);
				Debug.WriteLine("{0:HH:mm:ss} Received:{1} byte message({2})", DateTime.Now, messageBytes.Length, messageText);
			}

			if ((irqFlags2 & 0b00001000) == 0b00001000)  // PacketSent set
			{
				this.RegisterWriteByte(0x01, 0b00010000); // RegOpMode set ReceiveMode
				Debug.WriteLine("{0:HH:mm:ss.fff} Transmit-Done", DateTime.Now);
			}
		}

		public Byte RegisterReadByte(byte address)
		{
			byte[] writeBuffer = new byte[] { address &= RegisterAddressReadMask };
			byte[] readBuffer = new byte[1];
			Debug.Assert(Rfm69Hcw != null);

			Rfm69Hcw.TransferSequential(writeBuffer, readBuffer);

			return readBuffer[0];
		}

		public byte[] RegisterRead(byte address, int length)
		{
			byte[] writeBuffer = new byte[] { address &= RegisterAddressReadMask };
			byte[] readBuffer = new byte[length];
			Debug.Assert(Rfm69Hcw != null);

			Rfm69Hcw.TransferSequential(writeBuffer, readBuffer);

			return readBuffer;
		}

		public void RegisterWriteByte(byte address, byte value)
		{
			byte[] writeBuffer = new byte[] { address |= RegisterAddressWriteMask, value };
			Debug.Assert(Rfm69Hcw != null);

			Rfm69Hcw.Write(writeBuffer);
		}

		public void RegisterWrite(byte address, [ReadOnlyArray()] byte[] bytes)
		{
			byte[] writeBuffer = new byte[1 + bytes.Length];
			Debug.Assert(Rfm69Hcw != null);

			Array.Copy(bytes, 0, writeBuffer, 1, bytes.Length);
			writeBuffer[0] = address |= RegisterAddressWriteMask;

			Rfm69Hcw.Write(writeBuffer);
		}

		public void RegisterDump()
		{
			Debug.WriteLine("Register dump");
			for (byte registerIndex = 0; registerIndex <= 0x3D; registerIndex++)
			{
				byte registerValue = this.RegisterReadByte(registerIndex);

				Debug.WriteLine("Register 0x{0:x2} - Value 0X{1:x2} - Bits {2}", registerIndex, registerValue, Convert.ToString(registerValue, 2).PadLeft(8, '0'));
			}
		}
	}

	public sealed class StartupTask : IBackgroundTask
	{
		private const int ChipSelectLine = 1;
		private const int ResetPin = 25;
		private const int InterruptPin = 22;
		private Rfm69HcwDevice rfm69Device = new Rfm69HcwDevice(ChipSelectLine, ResetPin, InterruptPin);

		const double RH_RF6M9HCW_FXOSC = 32000000.0;
		const double RH_RFM69HCW_FSTEP = RH_RF6M9HCW_FXOSC / 524288.0;

		public void Run(IBackgroundTaskInstance taskInstance)
		{
			//rfm69Device.RegisterDump();

			// regOpMode standby
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x01, 0b00000100);

			// BitRate MSB/LSB
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x03, 0x34);
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x04, 0x00);

			// Frequency deviation
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x05, 0x02);
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x06, 0x3d);

			// Calculate the frequency accoring to the datasheett
			byte[] bytes = BitConverter.GetBytes((uint)(915000000.0 / RH_RFM69HCW_FSTEP));
			Debug.WriteLine("Byte Hex 0x{0:x2} 0x{1:x2} 0x{2:x2} 0x{3:x2}", bytes[0], bytes[1], bytes[2], bytes[3]);
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x07, bytes[2]);
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x08, bytes[1]);
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x09, bytes[0]);

			// RegRxBW
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x19, 0x2a);

			// RegDioMapping1
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x26, 0x01);

			// Setup preamble length to 16 (default is 3) RegPreambleMsb RegPreambleLsb
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x2C, 0x0);
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x2D, 0x10);

			// RegSyncConfig Set the Sync length and byte values SyncOn + 3 custom sync bytes
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x2e, 0x90);

			// RegSyncValues1 thru RegSyncValues3
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x2f, 0xAA);
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x30, 0x2D);
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x31, 0xD4);

			// RegPacketConfig1 Variable length with CRC on
			//rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x37, 0x90);

			// RegPacketConfig1 Variable length with CRC on + NodeAddress
			//rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x37, 0x92);

			// RegPacketConfig1 Variable length with CRC on + NodeAddress & Broadcast Address
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x37, 0x94);

			// RegNodeAdrs 
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x39, 0x99);

			// RegBroadcastAdrs
			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x3A, 0x66);

			rfm69Device.RegisterDump();

			rfm69Device.RegisterWriteByte(0x01, 0b00010000); // RegOpMode set ReceiveMode

			while (true)
			{
				Debug.Write(".");

				Task.Delay(1000).Wait();
			}
		}
	}
}

The debug output window shows the flags and messages

Register dump
Register 0x00 - Value 0X00 - Bits 00000000
Register 0x01 - Value 0X04 - Bits 00000100
Register 0x02 - Value 0X00 - Bits 00000000
…
Register 0x3b - Value 0X00 - Bits 00000000
Register 0x3c - Value 0X0f - Bits 00001111
Register 0x3d - Value 0X02 - Bits 00000010
...........
15:58:16.931 RegIrqFlags2 01100110
15:58:17.096 RegIrqFlags1 11011001
15:58:17.118 Address 0X99 b10011001
15:58:17 Received:14 byte message( Hello world:0)
.15:58:18.009 RegIrqFlags2 01100110
15:58:18.024 RegIrqFlags1 11011001
15:58:18.039 Address 0X99 b10011001
15:58:18 Received:14 byte message( Hello world:1)
.15:58:19.146 RegIrqFlags2 01100110
15:58:19.161 RegIrqFlags1 11011001
15:58:19.176 Address 0X99 b10011001
15:58:19 Received:14 byte message( Hello world:2)
.15:58:20.284 RegIrqFlags2 01100110
15:58:20.299 RegIrqFlags1 11011001
15:58:20.313 Address 0X99 b10011001
15:58:20 Received:14 byte message( Hello world:3)
.15:58:21.421 RegIrqFlags2 01100110
.15:58:21.454 RegIrqFlags1 11011001
15:58:21.469 Address 0X99 b10011001
15:58:21 Received:14 byte message( Hello world:4)
....

The next steps will be getting the RFM69 message encryption going, then building a fully featured library based on the code in each of individual test harnesses.

Nexus LoRa Radio 915 MHz Payload Addressing client

This is a demo Ingenuity Micro Nexus client (based on the Netduino example for my RFM9XLoRaNetMF library) that uploads temperature and humidity data to my Azure IoT Hubs/Central or AdaFruit.IO on Raspberry PI field gateways

Bill of materials (Prices June 2019).

// <copyright file="client.cs" company="devMobile Software">
// Copyright ® 2019 Feb devMobile Software, All Rights Reserved
//
//  MIT License
//
//  Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
// of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal
// in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights
// to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
// copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is
// furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:
//
// The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.
//
// THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
// IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
// FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
// AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER
// LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM,
// OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE
// SOFTWARE"
//
// </copyright>
namespace devMobile.IoT.Nexus.FieldGateway
{
	using System;
	using System.Text;
	using System.Threading;
	using Microsoft.SPOT;
	using Microsoft.SPOT.Hardware;

	using devMobile.IoT.NetMF.ISM;
	using devMobile.NetMF.Sensor;
	using IngenuityMicro.Nexus;

	class NexusClient
	{
		private Rfm9XDevice rfm9XDevice;
		private readonly TimeSpan dueTime = new TimeSpan(0, 0, 15);
		private readonly TimeSpan periodTime = new TimeSpan(0, 0, 60);
		private readonly SiliconLabsSI7005 sensor = new SiliconLabsSI7005();
		private readonly Led _led = new Led();
		private readonly byte[] fieldGatewayAddress = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes("LoRaIoT1");
		private readonly byte[] deviceAddress = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes("Nexus915");

		public NexusClient()
		{
			rfm9XDevice = new Rfm9XDevice(SPI.SPI_module.SPI3, (Cpu.Pin)28, (Cpu.Pin)15, (Cpu.Pin)26);
			_led.Set(0, 0, 0);
		}

		public void Run()
		{

			rfm9XDevice.Initialise(frequency: 915000000, paBoost: true, rxPayloadCrcOn: true);
			rfm9XDevice.Receive(deviceAddress);

			rfm9XDevice.OnDataReceived += rfm9XDevice_OnDataReceived;
			rfm9XDevice.OnTransmit += rfm9XDevice_OnTransmit;

			Timer humidityAndtemperatureUpdates = new Timer(HumidityAndTemperatureTimerProc, null, dueTime, periodTime);

			Thread.Sleep(Timeout.Infinite);
		}


		private void HumidityAndTemperatureTimerProc(object state)
		{
			_led.Set(0, 128, 0);

			double humidity = sensor.Humidity();
			double temperature = sensor.Temperature();

			Debug.Print(DateTime.UtcNow.ToString("hh:mm:ss") + " H:" + humidity.ToString("F1") + " T:" + temperature.ToString("F1"));

			rfm9XDevice.Send(fieldGatewayAddress, Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes("t " + temperature.ToString("F1") + ",H " + humidity.ToString("F0")));
		}

		void rfm9XDevice_OnTransmit()
		{
			_led.Set(0, 0, 0);

			Debug.Print("Transmit-Done");
		}

		void rfm9XDevice_OnDataReceived(byte[] address, float packetSnr, int packetRssi, int rssi, byte[] data)
		{
			try
			{
				string messageText = new string(UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetChars(data));
				string addressText = new string(UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetChars(address));

				Debug.Print(DateTime.UtcNow.ToString("HH:MM:ss") + "-Rfm9X PacketSnr " + packetSnr.ToString("F1") + " Packet RSSI " + packetRssi + "dBm RSSI " + rssi + "dBm = " + data.Length + " byte message " + @"""" + messageText + @"""");
			}
			catch (Exception ex)
			{
				Debug.Print(ex.Message);
			}
		}
	}
}

Overall the development process was good with no modifications to my RFM9X.NetMF library or SI7005 library (bar removing a Netduino I2C work around) required

Nexus device with Seeedstudio Temperature & Humidity Sensors
Nexus Sensor data in Azure IoT Hub Field Gateway ETW Logging
Nexus temperature & humidity data displayed in Azure IoT Central

Adafruit.IO LoRa Field Gateway BCD Addressing

After some testing with more client devices, especially the Easy Sensors Arduino Nano radio shield RFM69/95 or NRF24L01+ I have decided to move to non text addresses for devices and the LoRa field gateway.

THIS IS A BREAKING CHANGE

The unique identifier provided by the SHA204A crypto and authentication chip on the EasySensors shield highlighted this issue. The Binary Coded Decimal(BCD) version of the 72 bit identifier was too long to fit in the from address.

My later Arduino based sample clients have some helper functions to populate the message header, add values, and prepare the message payload for reuse.

On the server side I have added code to log the build version and Raspbery PI shield type

// Log the Application build, shield information etc.
LoggingFields appllicationBuildInformation = new LoggingFields();
#if DRAGINO
   appllicationBuildInformation.AddString("Shield", "DraginoLoRaGPSHat");
#endif
…
#if UPUTRONICS_RPIPLUS_CS1
   appllicationBuildInformation.AddString("Shield", "UputronicsPiPlusLoRaExpansionBoardCS1");
#endif
appllicationBuildInformation.AddString("Timezone", TimeZoneSettings.CurrentTimeZoneDisplayName);
appllicationBuildInformation.AddString("OSVersion", Environment.OSVersion.VersionString);
appllicationBuildInformation.AddString("MachineName", Environment.MachineName);

// This is from the application manifest 
Package package = Package.Current;
PackageId packageId = package.Id;
PackageVersion version = packageId.Version;

appllicationBuildInformation.AddString("ApplicationVersion", string.Format($"{version.Major}.{version.Minor}.{version.Build}.{version.Revision}"));
this.loggingChannel.LogEvent("Application starting", appllicationBuildInformation, LoggingLevel.Information);

Then when the message payload is populated the from address byte array is converted to BCD

private async void Rfm9XDevice_OnReceive(object sender, Rfm9XDevice.OnDataReceivedEventArgs e)
{
   string addressBcdText;
   string messageBcdText;
   string messageText = "";
   char[] sensorReadingSeparator = new char[] { ',' };
   char[] sensorIdAndValueSeparator = new char[] { ' ' };

   addressBcdText = BitConverter.ToString(e.Address);

   messageBcdText = BitConverter.ToString(e.Data);
   try
   {
      messageText = UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetString(e.Data);
   }
   catch (Exception)
   {
      this.loggingChannel.LogMessage("Failure converting payload to text", LoggingLevel.Error);
   return;
   }

#if DEBUG
    Debug.WriteLine(@"{0:HH:mm:ss}-RX From {1} PacketSnr {2:0.0} Packet RSSI {3}dBm RSSI {4}dBm = {5} byte message ""{6}""", DateTime.Now, addressBcdText, e.PacketSnr, e.PacketRssi, e.Rssi, e.Data.Length, messageText);
#endif
   LoggingFields messagePayload = new LoggingFields();
   messagePayload.AddInt32("AddressLength", e.Address.Length);
   messagePayload.AddString("Address-BCD", addressBcdText);
   messagePayload.AddInt32("Message-Length", e.Data.Length);
   messagePayload.AddString("Message-BCD", messageBcdText);
   messagePayload.AddString("Nessage-Unicode", messageText);
   messagePayload.AddDouble("Packet SNR", e.PacketSnr);
   messagePayload.AddInt32("Packet RSSI", e.PacketRssi);
   messagePayload.AddInt32("RSSI", e.Rssi);
   this.loggingChannel.LogEvent("Message Data", messagePayload, LoggingLevel.Verbose);

			
   // Check the address is not to short/long 
   if (e.Address.Length < AddressLengthMinimum)
   {
      this.loggingChannel.LogMessage("From address too short", LoggingLevel.Warning);
      return;
   }

   if (e.Address.Length > MessageLengthMaximum)
   {
      this.loggingChannel.LogMessage("From address too long", LoggingLevel.Warning);
      return;
   }

   // Check the payload is not too short/long 
   if (e.Data.Length < MessageLengthMinimum)
   {
      this.loggingChannel.LogMessage("Message too short to contain any data", LoggingLevel.Warning);
      return;
   }

   if (e.Data.Length > MessageLengthMaximum)
   {
      this.loggingChannel.LogMessage("Message too long to contain valid data", LoggingLevel.Warning);
      return;
   }

   // Adafruit IO is case sensitive & only does lower case ?
   string deviceId = addressBcdText.ToLower();

   // Chop up the CSV text payload
   string[] sensorReadings = messageText.Split(sensorReadingSeparator, StringSplitOptions.RemoveEmptyEntries);
   if (sensorReadings.Length == 0)
   {
      this.loggingChannel.LogMessage("Payload contains no sensor readings", LoggingLevel.Warning);
      return;
   }

   Group_feed_data groupFeedData = new Group_feed_data();

   LoggingFields sensorData = new LoggingFields();
   sensorData.AddString("DeviceID", deviceId);

   // Chop up each sensor reading into an ID & value
   foreach (string sensorReading in sensorReadings)
   {
      string[] sensorIdAndValue = sensorReading.Split(sensorIdAndValueSeparator, StringSplitOptions.RemoveEmptyEntries);

      // Check that there is an id & value
      if (sensorIdAndValue.Length != 2)
      {
         this.loggingChannel.LogMessage("Sensor reading invalid format", LoggingLevel.Warning);
         return;
      }

      string sensorId = sensorIdAndValue[0].ToLower();
      string value = sensorIdAndValue[1];

      // Construct the sensor ID from SensordeviceID & Value ID
      groupFeedData.Feeds.Add(new Anonymous2() { Key = string.Format("{0}{1}", deviceId, sensorId), Value = value });

      sensorData.AddString(sensorId, value);

      Debug.WriteLine(" Sensor {0}{1} Value {2}", deviceId, sensorId, value);
   }
   this.loggingChannel.LogEvent("Sensor readings", sensorData, LoggingLevel.Verbose);

   try
   {
      Debug.WriteLine(" CreateGroupDataAsync start");
      await this.adaFruitIOClient.CreateGroupDataAsync(this.applicationSettings.AdaFruitIOUserName,
this.applicationSettings.AdaFruitIOGroupName.ToLower(), groupFeedData);
      Debug.WriteLine(" CreateGroupDataAsync finish");
   }
   catch (Exception ex)
   {
      Debug.WriteLine(" CreateGroupDataAsync failed {0}", ex.Message);
				this.loggingChannel.LogMessage("CreateGroupDataAsync failed " + ex.Message, LoggingLevel.Error);
   }
}
AfaFruit.IO Data Display

This does mean longer field names but I usually copy n paste them from the Arduino serial monitor or the Event Tracing For Windows (ETW) logging.

AdaFruit.IO Field gateway ETW Logging

Azure IoT Hubs LoRa Field Gateway BCD Addressing

After some testing with more client devices, especially the Easy Sensors Arduino Nano radio shield RFM69/95 or NRF24L01+ I have decided to move to non text addresses for devices and the LoRa field gateway.

THIS IS A BREAKING CHANGE

The unique identifier provided by the SHA204A crypto and authentication chip on the EasySensors shield highlighted this issue. The Binary Coded Decimal(BCD) version of the 72 bit identifier was too long to fit in the from address.

My Arduino MKR1300 sample code has some helper functions to populate the message header, add values, and prepare the message payload for reuse.

On the server side I have added code to log the build version and Raspbery PI shield type

// Log the Application build, shield information etc.
LoggingFields appllicationBuildInformation = new LoggingFields();

#if DRAGINO
   appllicationBuildInformation.AddString("Shield", "DraginoLoRaGPSHat");
#endif

...

#if UPUTRONICS_RPIPLUS_CS1
   appllicationBuildInformation.AddString("Shield", "UputronicsPiPlusLoRaExpansionBoardCS1");
#endif
appllicationBuildInformation.AddString("Timezone", TimeZoneSettings.CurrentTimeZoneDisplayName);
appllicationBuildInformation.AddString("OSVersion", Environment.OSVersion.VersionString);
appllicationBuildInformation.AddString("MachineName", Environment.MachineName);

// This is from the application manifest 
Package package = Package.Current;
PackageId packageId = package.Id;
PackageVersion version = packageId.Version;

appllicationBuildInformation.AddString("ApplicationVersion", string.Format($"{version.Major}.{version.Minor}.{version.Build}.{version.Revision}"));
this.logging.LogEvent("Application starting", appllicationBuildInformation, LoggingLevel.Information);

Then when the message payload is populated the from address byte array is converted to BCD

private async void Rfm9XDevice_OnReceive(object sender, Rfm9XDevice.OnDataReceivedEventArgs e)
{
   string addressBcdText;
   string messageBcdText;
   string messageText = "";
   char[] sensorReadingSeparators = new char[] { ',' };
   char[] sensorIdAndValueSeparators = new char[] { ' ' };

   addressBcdText = BitConverter.ToString(e.Address);
   messageBcdText = BitConverter.ToString(e.Data);
   try
   {
      messageText = UTF8Encoding.UTF8.GetString(e.Data);
   }
   catch (Exception)
   {
      this.logging.LogMessage("Failure converting payload to text", 
   LoggingLevel.Error);
      return;
   }


#if DEBUG
   Debug.WriteLine(@"{0:HH:mm:ss}-RX From {1} PacketSnr {2:0.0} Packet 
   RSSI {3}dBm RSSI {4}dBm = {5} byte message ""{6}""", DateTime.Now, 
   messageBcdText, e.PacketSnr, e.PacketRssi, e.Rssi, e.Data.Length, 
   messageText);
#endif
   LoggingFields messagePayload = new LoggingFields();
   messagePayload.AddInt32("AddressLength", e.Address.Length);
   messagePayload.AddString("Address-BCD", addressBcdText);
   messagePayload.AddInt32("Message-Length", e.Data.Length);
   messagePayload.AddString("Message-BCD", messageBcdText);
   messagePayload.AddString("Message-Unicode", messageText);
   messagePayload.AddDouble("Packet SNR", e.PacketSnr);
   messagePayload.AddInt32("Packet RSSI", e.PacketRssi);
   messagePayload.AddInt32("RSSI", e.Rssi);
   this.logging.LogEvent("Message Data", messagePayload, LoggingLevel.Verbose);

//...

   JObject telemetryDataPoint = new JObject(); // This could be simplified but for field gateway will use this style
   LoggingFields sensorData = new LoggingFields();

   telemetryDataPoint.Add("DeviceID", addressBcdText);
   sensorData.AddString("DeviceID", addressBcdText);
   telemetryDataPoint.Add("PacketSNR", e.PacketSnr.ToString("F1"));
   sensorData.AddString("PacketSNR", e.PacketSnr.ToString("F1"));
   telemetryDataPoint.Add("PacketRSSI", e.PacketRssi);
   sensorData.AddInt32("PacketRSSI", e.PacketRssi);
   telemetryDataPoint.Add("RSSI", e.Rssi);
   sensorData.AddInt32("RSSI", e.Rssi);

   //Chop up each sensor read into an ID & value
   foreach (string sensorReading in sensorReadings)
   {
      string[] sensorIdAndValue = sensorReading.Split(sensorIdAndValueSeparators, StringSplitOptions.RemoveEmptyEntries);

      // Check that there is an id & value
      if (sensorIdAndValue.Length != 2)
      {
         this.logging.LogMessage("Sensor reading invalid format", LoggingLevel.Warning);
         return;
      }

      string sensorId = sensorIdAndValue[0];
      string value = sensorIdAndValue[1];

      try
      {
         if (this.applicationSettings.SensorIDIsDeviceIDSensorID)
         {
            // Construct the sensor ID from SensordeviceID & Value ID
            telemetryDataPoint.Add(string.Format("{0}{1}", addressBcdText, sensorId), value);

            sensorData.AddString(string.Format("{0}{1}", addressBcdText, sensorId), value);
            Debug.WriteLine(" Sensor {0}{1} Value {2}", addressBcdText, sensorId, value);
         }
         else
         {
            telemetryDataPoint.Add(sensorId, value);
            sensorData.AddString(sensorId, value);
            Debug.WriteLine(" Device {0} Sensor {1} Value {2}", addressBcdText, sensorId, value);
         }
      }
      catch (Exception ex)
      {
         this.logging.LogMessage("Sensor reading invalid JSON format " + ex.Message, LoggingLevel.Warning);
         return;
      }
   }

  this.logging.LogEvent("Sensor readings", sensorData, LoggingLevel.Information);

   try
   {
      using (Message message = new Message(Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(JsonConvert.SerializeObject(telemetryDataPoint))))
      {
         Debug.WriteLine(" AzureIoTHubClient SendEventAsync start");
         await this.azureIoTHubClient.SendEventAsync(message);
         Debug.WriteLine(" AzureIoTHubClient SendEventAsync finish");
      }
   }
   catch (Exception ex)
   {
      this.logging.LogMessage("AzureIoTHubClient SendEventAsync failed " + ex.Message, LoggingLevel.Error);
   }
}

This does mean longer field names but I usually copy n paste them from the Arduino serial monitor of the Event Tracing For Windows (ETW) logging.

Azure IoT Hub LoRa Field Gateway ETW Logging