Monday, 4 July 2016

IoT Adventure

What is Internet of Things (IoT)?

To discover the possibilities of IoT we started our own IoT project a few weeks ago. In this blog post series we will explain what we are doing and how we are doing it. The goal of the project is to create a couple of sensor stations, hang them in our office and create reports with the sensor data in PowerBI. No business case, just testing and learning.
IoT project overview

Sensor stations
We started by buying a couple of Microsoft IoT Packs for Raspberry Pi 2. This is a great starter kit to learn more about IoT with Microsoft technology. It has a couple of sensors in it like a Photo Cell and a Temperature, Pressure & Humidity sensor [details].
Microsoft Internet of Things Pack for Raspberry Pi 2

But to make it even more challenging/interesting we ordered a couple of extra sensors:
- Magnetic contact switches (door sensors) [details]
- Fast Vibration sensors (easy to trigger) [details]
- Motion sensors [details]
- Electret Microphone Amplifiers (to detect sounds) [details]
In total we spent around € 150,- per sensor station (including the Raspberry Pi).
Extra sensors

Within the following weeks we will blog about the following subjects of our IoT project:
- Setting up the Raspberry Pi with the sensors
- Reading the sensors with .NET
- Sending the data to the Azure IoT Hub
- Setting up Stream Analytics
- Creat reports in PowerBI

Joost, Mark, Menno and Ricardo

IoT Adventure: 1 - Setting up Raspberry Pi with sensors
IoT Adventure: 2 - Preparing development machine
IoT Adventure: 3 - Create Visual Studio Project for sensors
IoT Adventure: 4 - Sending sensor data to Azure IoT hub

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