Sensor and Pachube Information
The Weather Tunnel project is utilizing a custom sensor box, designed for stationary installation in an outdoor setting. The sensor unit contains 7 sensors, each measuring a relative value. This means what we are really observing is relative change over time. See the sensor documents below for more information on this.
Each participant in the Weather Tunnel project has been (or will be) sent a unit for installation. The sensor units have been pre-programmed with specific IP address information for each location. This allows the user to simply connect power to the unit as well as their ethernet connection, and the unit will automatically begin measuring and sending data to our repository at Pachube.com.
We have an account on Pachube that hosts every participant’s data feed in one place. It also will provide the server from which we will be pulling data for the projects to use in real-time. Our account is located here, where you can observe all of our datastreams in real-time:
Pulling data from Pachube is very easy, and there are many examples of how to do so in almost every programming language. You can visit the Pachube API tutorials page to get up and running very quickly. There is one thing you will need to begin the process of writing your custom application: the weather tunnel API key. Our API key is:
The following document contains specific information about our sensor units. You can view it below or download it here.
The following document contains specific information on how to reprogram your unit. You can view it below or download it here.
This might be necessary if you decide to move the unit to a different router or perhaps you are moving to an entirely different internet connection. I will post generic code for our units, however each unit has specific information programmed, therefore if you want to reprogram your unit you should email Joe and he will send you your specific unit’s code base. Eventually all code will be hosted on GitHub.