The overall plan is to make a plug and play data logger than can store data to an SD card and over a network. The sensors to be logged will be configured using a text file on the SD card, so users don't need to actually program the mbed to reconfigure the device. The logger will have some basic built in sensors (temperature, pressure, light, etc) as well as breaking out extra analog and digital I/O as well as comms (I2C/SPI) to hook up other sensors. The data could be transferred over a network to a server running a MySQL database. This server could have web pages displaying the logged data, possibly also having the ability to reconfigure the logging from the web interface by providing a new configuration file for the mbed to download and use.
I'll try to implement a few of each of the following options:
- AA battery pack
- coin cell for RTC?
Data Storage Options
- SD card
- MySQL over ethernet
- Socket over ethernet?
On Board Sensors
- AnalogOut (p18)
- some digital I/O
- some analog I
The configuration file will tell the mbed which channels to poll, use a counters, etc. The initial format (14 Jun 2012) will be:
PP <float: poll period> FN <string: output filename> DP <ints: digital poll pins> AP <ints: analog poll pins> CC <ints: counter (changing) pins> CF <ints: counter (falling) pins> CR <ints: counter (rising) pins> AS <floats: voltages> PS <int: Pwm pin, floats: duty load>
PP 30.0 FN test.dat DP 21 22 AP 20
This configuration will poll digital pins p21 and p22 as well as analog pin p20 every 30 seconds and save the results in a file called test.dat.
There is only one analog output (p18), so the analog scan doesn't need a pin number. A list of voltages (between 0 and 3.3) are given. The output will loop through these values, one per polling period. Each PWM scan needs its own line. First the pin number is given, followed by a list of duty loads (between 0.0 and 1.0) which are cycled through.
These parameters have been implemented already. I also plan to implement pulse inputs. I'll also implement MySQL info to connect to a remote MySQL server and store data there.
So far I've got the mbed saving data onto an SD card and also into a MySQL server on another computer via ethernet.
I'm currently implementing the different kinds of inputs/outputs I want the logger to have, although this is pretty much done.
To do list
- display data from MySQL database on a webpage
- make a configuration file on the SD card to define pins to log, logging period, etc
- reorganise the code into useful libraries
- Make the code more robust against SD card removal and bad configuration
- test some on board sensors
- test some powering options
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