Beginning Sensor Networks with Arduino and Raspberry Pi (Technology in Action)
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About the Author Charles Bell conducts research in emerging technologies. He is a member of the Oracle MySQL Development team and is the team lead for the MySQL Utilities team. He lives in a small town in rural Virginia with his loving wife. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. Dr. Bell is an expert in the database field and has extensive knowledge and experience in software development and systems engineering. His research interests include 3D printers, microcontrollers, three-dimensional printing, database systems, software engineering, and sensor networks. He spends his limited free time as a practicing Maker focusing on microcontroller projects and refinement of three-dimensional printers. Dr. Bell maintains a blog on his research projects and many other interests. You can find his blog at http://drcharlesbell.blogspot.com/. Read more
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This book covers using the Raspberry Pi as the coordinator and/or data aggregation node in a sensor network, something that the excellent "Building Wireless Sensor Networks" by Faludi doesn't go into. It has many interesting projects and examples, and gives you the basics you need to build progressively more complex sensor networks. As others have noted, the scope of the book is limited, but this isn't surprising as to cover the broad area of wireless sensor network applications in general would be a difficult prospect for any single book. My issue with this book is the fairly large number of errata and the lack of an active discussion area on the book at the Apress web site. As of today (11/17/2015), Apress says that no errata for the book have been submitted. I find this very hard to believe, as this is a popular text and anyone who actually does the example projects would find the same issues I did. Example: on p. 178, in the Arduino sketch, the formula for the code line for calculating the temperature in Celsius is copied from the XBee example on p. 93. However, because the XBee can only read voltages to 1200 mV on its analog input pin, and the Arduino reads 5000 mV on its analog input pin, the scaling factor is wrong and you get the wrong temperature readings. There are many errors like this in the book. Additionally, because (unlike the Faludi book) there is no discussion area, as things change with the Raspi firmware and Raspian distribution (e.g. recent firmware change causes problems with I2C configuration that result in the book examples not working), there is no place for users to go to get help. My suggestion is to get both this book and the better-supported Faludi book, and work carefully through the examples. I'm going to submit the errata I've found to Apress, but cannot guarantee they will be published on the book's web page. Good luck with your sensor networks!
An excellent book that builds on others basic howtos to make distributed systems of use. If you will this is the next step after you have learned from some of the good basic books how to make the arduino and local sensors work into making it really useful across a bigger area as a network. Out of maybe 10~15 arduino books I have looked at this is one of the four I have kept as well worth it in fact its the best. IMHO most books on arduinos out there are I think rubbish so choose carefully. NB the other three I found very good were all basic howtos and one of them alone would have been enough plus this one and in fact their info can all be got on line easily as tutorials, but not this book's contents. The only downside is it seems to be aging a little as newer micro communications that are a lot cheaper than X-bees come out but its the backend that matters and it is still 100% sound. The only other book needed for a beginner to go with this would be one of the following, Exploring Arduino - Jeremy Blum, Arduino for Dummies, Arduino programming in 24hours.
The book begins with the usual, "Getting Started" topics including background info and detailed examples. This is all pretty straightforward and about what you'd find in many other microcontroller/sensor tutorials.The big surprise was the second half of the book which introduces the mySQL database server and the different ways a sensor network can be configured with mySQL as the data repository. One such configuration is a bunch of sensors connected to Arduino's, which are, in turn, connected to mySQL running on a Raspberry Pi.This is way cooler than writing text records to an SD card. I've got enough new project ideas to keep me busy for years!
Very informative and full of valuable information, especially for guys like me. I'm new-ish to building with micro-controllers and micro-computers.
This book was a great help to me, and now to the other folks I have recommended it to as well.