This procedure is not addressed to the basic user, in order to fully understand what is happening and to debug the setup it is necessary to have a good knowledge about Arduino environment. Furthermore the document is not a complete setup to a production case.
Dealing with Arduino takes many advantages but also some challenges in an industrial setup:
- It's not easy powering it
- It's not easy to veiculate data
- The user must be able to create (or buy) some "enclosure" to protect it
Coming to ctrlX AUTOMATION it could be the swiss pocket knife and could easily solve the first two problems in many common cases. How? ctrlX AUTOMATION can provide power using the USB port. The data can be easily obtained using the Arduino serial port over USB and managed with Node-Red.
Here we have the scheme of what we need:
The test has been done with:
- ctrlX CORE V1.14
- Node-RED APP
- Arduino Nicla Sense ME
Step 1 - Create your Arduino script
The first step is to create a suitable arduino script. The best way is to start from Nicla-Sense-Me: Getting-Started and follow all the main steps to setup the Arduino and Nicla's environment on the PC. We're going to use also the ArduinoJson library so this must be also installed inside the Arduino Environment: ArduinoJson.
The easiest way is to start from the Arduino standalone example and modify it including the Json streaming functionality:
Let's review together the example shown here.
In the first part of the script we have to:
- Include the necessary libraries
- Create a Json document reserving some space
- Define an Arbitrary object ID
- Define the sensor instances.
Initialization: we're using the standard Arduino setup function to start the serial interface with 115200 baud as speed and starting the sensors.
Runtime: we're just running constantly the sensor update and calling every 100 milliseconds the streamerSerialJson function.
streamerSerialJson: this function uses the Json Library to:
- Clean any time the document
- Pack in his structure the measurements and the ObjectID
- Serialize the json string over serial
- Send the "/n" character to terminate the message
The serial port output would look like this:
The data are well organazied in a Json and there is the id of the object which is sending the measurements.
Opening the serial plotter it's possible to see an overview of what the board is sampling:
Step 2 - Retrieve data with node-red
To get the data from the Nicla board we need to setup a "serial in" block with the following setting: any time we receive a "\n" the input is splitted and provided as a string.
Once the data are inside ctrlX CORE the trick is done! Using the json object we can easily convert the string into a json object and manipulate the data.
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