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In this demo we'll be connecting a collection of sensors to the MSP432 LaunchPad and to the Xively IoT Platform. You'll be shown how to setup a model of each sensor in the IoT platform and see how you can interact with each sensor in real time. The firmware that interfaces to each sensor, and securely interacts with the Xively IoT platform, is provided in binary form. All you are required to do is to provision your Xively account ID, device ID and device secret keys using the interactive "manufacturing test mode" feature built into the firmware image.
There are two parts to this story: the sensor platform, and the cloud connectivity hub. The sensor platform is provided by Seeed Studio with their Grove Starter Kit BoosterPack, and the cloud platform chosen for this demo is provided by Xively. The cloud platform allows real-time measurement and control of each sensor connected to the MSP432 MCU through the Internet.
The Seeed Studio Grove Starter Kit contains 10 separate sensor and actuator modules and offers a total of 11 sensor measurements or actuator controls, as tabulated below. All of these sensors can be simultaneously connected and sampled with the TI MCU LaunchPad ecosystem.
The details of how each sensor is connected is discussed below.
The Xively IoT platform offers a powerful collection of device management features, monitoring and application integration. The platform is available to anyone to get started with no cost.
Grove Sensor | Port | MSP432 Interface ------------ |------|---------------------------------- Light | J6 | ADC channel A13 Sound | J7 | ADC channel A11 Rotary | J8 | ADC channel A9 Moisture | J9 | ADC channel A8 Display | J10 | TM1637 on I2C B1 Temperature | J13 | DHT package (AM2302) on GPIO P2.7 Humidity | J13 | DHT package (AM2302) on GPIO P2.7 Buzzer | J14 | GPIO P2.6 Motion | J15 | GPIO P2.4 Relay | J16 | GPIO P5.6 Ranger | J17 | TimerA configured for pulse width detection and 65 ms (full count) timeout.
The analog channels are configured for 12-bit resolution (max reading is 4095) at 50 ksps for low-power mode. Each analog sensor reading averages 4 samples before determining if a change needs to be reported.
The DHT sensor package (AM2302) is driven by a vendor-specific 1-wire protocol. Among its requirements are that it should not be sampled less than 2 seconds apart. It offers 16-bit fields for temperature and humidity to accuracy of .1 degrees C or .1% RH. In this demo we have rounded the samples to nearest degree C or %RH.
The Ultrasonic Ranger provides its range data in the form of an active high pulse width period, offering 58 us / cm. For maximum accuracy and precision, a TimerA timer resource is configured for capture mode and latches the time (count) of both edges of the pulse. If both edges are not detected by the time the timer counts to its maximum count (65535), the timer overflow interrupt is used to signal a timeout. The timer is driven at 1 MHz so as to easily handle the sensor vendor's stated accuracy of +/-1 cm (+/-58 us) and its maximum range of 400 cm (~23 ms pulse width). As a side effect, the vendor's recommended minimum sample interval (60 ms) is naturally met on timeout. The ultrasonic ranger itself is sampled 3 times on 6 tries to get a more stable result.
All sensors are sampled at 5 second intervals. Only changes in the readings are reported to the Xively IoT platform.
The first thing you need to do is to navigate to the Xively website https://www.xively.com/ and click their "Free Trial" button (top right of the page as of the time of writing). Enter your info and select "Start Free Trial".
You'll be brought into your account dashboard and "Product Launcher". On the left side of the page there are a series of options with headings "Devices, End-Users, Groups", etc. We'll be creating a new device template for the Grove-outfitted LaunchPad to manage all of the sensors and actuators.
** For further reference about how to setup a Xively account, please see this resource: https://xively-docs.readme.io/docs/ti-cc3200
- Select "Device templates" item in the Devices section of the left-hand side navigation pane. If you have any existing templates, you'll see them listed here.
We are going to create a new device template and add 16 new channels: 1 for each Grove Starter Kit sensor data item or actuator and 5 for LaunchPad LEDs and buttons.
- Select "Create new device template" found at the top-right corner of the page. Call it whatever you want; we called ours "CC3100 Grove"
Each channel will be of the "simple" type, which simply means that a data array is passed to and from the device over an MQTT topic. We are limited to two types of visualizers at this time: toggle, or slider. However, we can easily send strings (encoded or otherwise) to each MQTT topic and sensor, and will be using this feature to send melodies to the buzzer and digits to the 7-segment display.
In your device template, select the "+" icon in the channels pane. Enter the channel name, "Display", and ensure channel type is "Simple" and Kinesis Bridge is "Do not send". Select "Save Channel".
For all channels listed below, use the exact names (including spaces) as presented.
Setup an additional 10 channels for each Grove sensor or actuator.
These additional channels are available on the MSP432 LaunchPad itself:
- Green LED
- Blue LED
- Red LED
- Button S1
- Button S2
After all is said and done, you should have 17 channels in your template (including the built-in "_log" channel which we don't use in this demo).
Select the "Create new device" button in the top-right corner as shown. Fill in any number as its serial number. Select "Create". Now comes an important step in provisioning your device. You'll need to get your device credentials: a unique device ID (DEVICE_ID in the provisioning app) and a secret key (DEVICE_SECRET in the provisioning app) associated with only that device. To get these two data items, select the "Get password" button. If you choose to download the password, you'll get a key=value pair in a text file. The key is the DEVICE_SECRET string, and the value is the DEVICE_ID.
You may also pull the DEVICE_ID field from the device page, along with the ACCOUNT_ID which you'll also need to properly provision your device. These three data items should be recorded in a text file for easy cut and paste access when you provision your device with the provisioning firmware app (which we call the MTA). See the image below for the device's credential (provisioning) data fields (blurred out to protect our account).
A device represented in the Xively IoT platfrom can be simulated. The simulated device can have a visualizer associated with each channel. Each channel can have one of two types of visualizers:
- Slider, which allows you publish a range of values by moving the slider.
- Toggle, which simply shows the boolean state of a channel, either on or off. Selecting the toggle visualizer will send either "0" (decimal 48) or "1" (decimal 49) to the topic. If the device is subscribed to this channel, the data will be immediately recevied by the device.
For channels that offer a range of values, i.e. Rotary, Moisture, Light, Sound, Temperature, Humidity, Ranger, Display, use a slider to visualize the data.
For channels that offer one of two states, i.e. Motion, Relay, Button S1, Button S2, Green LED, Blue LED, Red LED, use a toggle.
The buzzer channel works with strings and cannot be visualized.
Look at the section "Interacting with channels" later in this write-up to learn how to work with the channels once your device is provisioned and connected with the Xively IoT Platform.
- Attach the Grove Starter Kit modules to the Grove Base as shown in the image and described in the introductory table.
- Assemble the MSP432 LaunchPad and CC3100 BoosterPack as shown in the image below and connect to your PC with a USB cable. The CC3100 BoosterPack can be mounted on top of the LaunchPad while the Grove Starter Kit can be mounted below to afford better access to the LaunchPad reset button. Connect a jumper from 3.3V (J1-1) to P5.5 (J3-30) to select the provisioning application (the MTA) for initial boot.
- Get the firmware files. Download the firmware loader tool
XIVELY-GROVE-MSP432-CC3100_1_0_5_MAN_0x85FC24B5.binfirmware binary programming file to a folder on your PC.
- Test the connection. Open a console and run fm_load.exe to ensure your LaunchPad is connected. You should see the following:
Firmware Module System Firmware Loader v1.2.65 Copyright (c) 2016 Firmware Modules Inc. License: https://github.com/firmwaremodules/iotfirmware/blob/master/tools/LICENSE Firmware loader for XDS110 with TI MSP432, CC13xx, CC26xx devices. INFO:root:DAP JTAG MODE initialised INFO:root:Detecting target... msp432p401ripz INFO:root:6 hardware breakpoints, 4 literal comparators INFO:root:CPU core is Cortex-M4 INFO:root:FPU present INFO:root:4 hardware watchpoints No operation performed
- Start the terminal. Start a terminal emulator session/connection on the LaunchPad's "Application/User UART" at 115200 baud. On some PCs in Tera Term this appears as "COM4: XDS110 Class Application/User UART (COM4)". Choose the COM port that is assigned by your PC.
- Load the firmware. Load the MAN firmware binary with
fm_load XIVELY-GROVE-MSP432-CC3100_1_0_5_MAN_0x85FC24B5.bin. Observe loading progress to completion (100%):
INFO:root:DAP JTAG MODE initialised INFO:root:Detecting target... msp432p401ripz INFO:root:6 hardware breakpoints, 4 literal comparators INFO:root:CPU core is Cortex-M4 INFO:root:FPU present INFO:root:4 hardware watchpoints INFO:root:Selected board with target: msp432p401r Writing 110240 bytes... [====================] 100%
Observe the serial terminal window's output showing the need to set the WiFi and Device parameters which we'll do next.
- Provision the device's WiFi settings and Xively device IDs. To do this we must boot into the device's MTA (manufacturing test application) by pulling P5.5 high and resetting the board. Connect a short jumper wire as shown between the BoosterPack connector pins J3-30 and J1-1 and press the reset button. The serial terminal will show a simple menu requesting that you fill in 6 fields, your WiFi network's SSID, security type, and passkey, and your Xively ACCOUND_ID, DEVICE_ID and DEVICE_SECRET. Enter each in turn as shown. In Tera Term, you can copy from Notepad with Ctrl-C then paste the unique ID strings with Edit->Paste. The best way to do this is to first assemble your Xively ID strings in a text editor such as Notepad.
************************************************************************ Firmware Modules Provisioning MTA for MSP-EXP432P401R + CC3100BOOST. ************************************************************************ WiFi Settings: SSID: not set Security Type: OPEN Passkey: not set Device Settings: DEVICE_ID: not set DEVICE_SECRET: not set ACCOUNT_ID: not set WiFi Menu: 1) Set SSID 2) Set Security Type 3) Set Passkey Device Menu: 7) Set DEVICE_ID 8) Set DEVICE_SECRET 9) Set ACCOUNT_ID >
- When complete, commit the settings to flash with menu option
4) Save WiFi settingswhich appears only when a change has been made. Remove the jumper wire from the 3.3V pin. Leave the terminal emulator running so that you can see the status of your device including the messages it publishes and receives in real time. After rebooting the board by pressing the LaunchPad's reset button, you should see output similar to the following. Note that the GUIDs shown below have been obfuscated and do not represent any valid GUID in the Xively system.
************************************************************************ Demo APP for Grove Starter Kit and Xively IoT Platform. By Firmware Modules for MSP-EXP432P401R + CC3100BOOST. ************************************************************************ Provisioning data retrieved. Host Driver Version: 22.214.171.124 Build Version 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.23 Device is configured in default state Device started as STATION [WLAN EVENT] STA Connected to the AP: ********* , BSSID: *:*:*:*:*:* [NETAPP EVENT] IP Acquired: IP=*********,Gateway=********* Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Temperature Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Green LED Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Blue LED Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Red LED Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Button S1 Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Button S2 Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Humidity Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Buzzer Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Relay Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Motion Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Display Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Ranger Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Light Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Sound Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Moisture Initialized topic: xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Rotary --- current time: 2017/03/06, 22:41:42 connected to broker.xively.com:8883  publishing  to [xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Buzzer]  publishing  to [xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Relay]  publishing  to [xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Display] topic:xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Green LED. Subscription granted 0. topic:xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Blue LED. Subscription granted 0. topic:xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Red LED. Subscription granted 0. topic:xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Buzzer. Subscription granted 0. topic:xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Relay. Subscription granted 0. topic:xi/blue/v1/add4f022-2f0d-4906-ac64-8729238abc23/d/dc16c3c6-3188-4f5d-936f-d9712875c29a/Display. Subscription granted 0.
- In your Xively device's main page select the "Messaging" tab. Here, you are connecting directly to the MQTT broker and effectively subscribing to each channel. Data published by your device to each channel will scroll by, and you can also publish arbitrary data to each channel. For the Display and Buzzer channels, you can publish data strings that are meaningful to these devices.
For the Display channel, you can publish a 4-digit integer and have it appear on the display. For example, publish "4567" to have that number displayed on the 4-segment display.
For the Buzzer channel, you can publish a string containing a sequence of notes. Spaces are interpreted as 1 beat pauses. Each beat is 250 ms. For example, send the string "abcdefg" to attempt to play the associated tones on the buzzer. Please note that the buzzer is not a very good audio reproduction device!
- Setup rules to trigger SMS alerts when the moisture sensor reports a dry plant or the motion sensor activates! With Xively's trial account, an SMS rule can be setup when you simulate your device.
- We'd like to follow this up with an OTA firmware update demo using the Xively IoT Platform and our firmware update technology. This feature is not yet available from Xively but is described in their developer documentation. Stay tuned!
- The Xively client 'libXively' found on GitHub is used to connect with the IoT platform. (See https://github.com/xively/xively-client-c).
- All communications occur over a TLS secured socket.
- The CC3100 built-in security stack handles the TLS security suite.
- The Xively server is authenticated with an embedded root CA certificate.
- The client device is authenticated with the user-provisioned auth token (device secret key) generated by the Xively platform. TLS is not used for client authentication with this platform.