Starting with the same setup of the previous project, we’ll see how to get and visualize sensor data of LoRa nodes using Zerynth, The Things Network and Matplotlib, a very popular Python plotting library.
You will see how to:
program a LoRa node in Python using Zerynth to get temperature and humidity data;
send data to The Things Network,going through a LoRa Gateway;
get data from The Things Network console via MQTT;
plot sensor data using Matplotlib.
Essentially, we need the same configuration used for the previous project, plus a temperature and humidity sensor:
LoRa Gateway. In this tutorial we’ve used a Link Labs BS-8, an industrial-grade IoT/M2M gateway for use with LoRa networks. It’s capable of supporting thousands of endpoints with 8 simultaneous receive channels.
Zerynth Studio: our professional IDE that provides a platform for developing your Python or hybrid C/Python code and managing your boards. It includes a compiler, debugger and an editor, alongside tutorials and example projects for an easy learning experience.
Programming the LoRa Node in Python to get sensor data
After the LoRa Gateway configuration and the LoRa node configuration steps are performed (see the previous project), we’ll be able to program the device to get data from the Temp&Hum Click and to send these values to The Things Network console.
Now click on the “Data” tab of the TTN Console and you can see your sensor data sent by the LoRa node!
As you can see, this script is very similar to the “ping” example used on the previous project. The only differences are related to the usage of the HTS221 temperature and humidity sensor carried by the Temp&Hum Click. Thanks to Zerynth, you need just a few lines of Python and you can get real data from a sensor and send it to a LoRa network!
Getting data from The Things Network console via MQTT
Now it’s time to get data from the TTN Console. To do this, we’ve prepared a very simple Python script that utilizes the Eclipse Paho MQTT Python client library, which implements versions 3.1 and 3.1.1 of the MQTT protocol.
Note that you have to run this script on your laptop, so you need Python (3.x) installed on your PC.
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Real-time plotting of sensor data using Matplotlib
Once you have the data in your computer, you can do all sorts of things with it. In this case, we want to read these temperature and humidity values and plot them as a function of time.
As we love Python, we’ve prepared a script called “plot_data.py” that uses the Matplotlib library for this.
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Note that you have to import this file in the previous script to work properly.
And here is what the plot looks like. It scrolls to the right as data keeps coming in.
Expand your LoRa network with Zerynth Studio PRO
The following list includes some of the LoRa key features:
Long range: 15 – 20 km;
Long battery life: in excess of ten years;
Millions of nodes!
Once you created a Zerynth Account in Zerynth Studio, you receive a free “Welcome” pack of 10 Zerynth VM Licenses to use on any of the supported boards. You can unlock this limit by buying more Zerynth VM licences that also include industrial-grade features like:
Over the Air update development;
Hardware-driven Secured Firmware burned on the device at industrial volumes;