Tuesday, August 15, 2017

IBM Watson IoT (2): connecting a Raspberry Pi as a Registered Device with Node-RED


- Layout for this exercise:

* To complete this exercise it is assumed the previous existence of an account on the IBM Bluemix platform

* This exercise is based in the previous exercise flow:


1 - Creating an IBM Watson IoT Platform organization

- In this exercise, and unlike the previous one with Quickstart, the Raspberry Pi connects to the IoT platform providing credentials and registration of the device.

- Creating a private organization space that requires authentication and registration for all devices and applications to use in that organization. - Each organization is defined by a 6-character ID, as we will see in short.

- The first step consists of the login process into the IBM Bluemix account. Let's notice that IBM Watson IoT is a service provided by the IBM Bluemix cloud platform:

- Going to the Internet of Things Platform:

- Creating an IBM Watson IoT  service:

- Clicking Launch:

- Entering the IBM Watson organization space:

2 - Creating a Device Type 

- Devices connected to the IBM Watson IoT Platform are associated with a Device Type, what are intended to be groups of devices sharing common characteristics. 

- Going to Devices:

- Browse and Create Type:

- Creating a "device type" (be careful not confusing with "gateway type"):

- Entering Name and Description:

- Defining the template is optional. In this case Manufacturer and Model are defined:

- Metadata is optional:

3 - Adding and registering a device to the the IBM Watson IoT Platform

- Choosing the Device Type:

- The Security step allows to enter an optional token, or otherwise it can be auto generated.  

- In this case we choose an authentication token  auto generated by the service, what will be displayed and the end of the registration process:

- Adding the device RBP_1:

- After adding the device the auto generated Device Credentials are displayed. It is important to write down all this information because in case of loss there is no possible recovery:

- Clicking the X, the Security step is ended:

4 - Generating API Keys

- Some API Keys must be generated to enable the connectivity. Going to Apps, clicking Generate API Key:

- API Keys are generated to allow the connection:

5 - Connecting the Raspberry Pi as a registered Device

- At this point a device RBP_1 has been created, added and registered to the IBM Watson IoT platform, and also some API Keys for enabling the connectivity have been generated.

- To connect the Raspberry Pi device (in this case as Registeredaccording to the previous exercise flow:


- The Watson IoT node must be edited as Registered:

- Clicking the Credentials icon:     

- Entering the credentials (Organization ID, Device Type, Device ID, Authentication Token) obtained at point 2 of this exercise:

- Deploying:

- Eventually the connection is achieved:

6 - Receiving data from the Raspberry Pi device at the Watson IoT platform

- Now the RBP_1 is connected:

- The Connection Log shows the sucssessfull connection:

- Events are generated every 5 seconds, displaying the last received CPU temperature from the RBP_1 device: