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Workshop at The Things Conference UK 2019 - how to collect your IoT data using Node.js, store in a NoSQL database, then display data as a graph

This assumes you already have a LoRaWAN device and a registered account on thethingsnetwork.org with access to the TTN console and a suitable application already created.

Also required is Node.js - tested with LTS (currently version 10.16.3) installed

You should be familiar with Node.js to follow these instructions!

Just a hint - basic items are named differently in SQL and NoSQL databases. database in both is the same, tables in SQL are collections in NoSQL, records in SQL are documents in NoSQL.

  1. Create your own MongoDB Atlas database instance in the cloud: - https://www.mongodb.com/cloud/atlas - accept the defaults
  2. Take a note of your username, password, and server connection (similar to: ncbttn-f3ftfg.mongodb.net)
  3. Decide on names for your database (I chose thinnovation) and collection (I chose ttndata)
  4. Open up your TTN console to the applications page, choose your application - https://console.thethingsnetwork.org/applications and make a note of your APPLICATION name and ACCESS KEY
  5. Copy config.template to config.js and replace the parameters in <> with the values obtained above.
  6. Copy your config.js into both collector and viewer folders
  7. Change to the collector folder and run npm install to install the required nodejs libraries. When this has completed successfully - run npm start to run the collector.
  8. You will see a message 'db connected' each time a LoRaWAN device reports into TTN - a new document is inserted into your collection.
  9. Change to the viewer folder and run npm install to install the required nodejs libraries - run npm start
  10. You will see a message 'my app listening on PORT 3000'
  11. Open up a web browser (I tested with both Firefox and Chrome) and display the Web Developer Tools Console
  12. Enter a URI similar to localhost:3000/?device=&count=50 - replace with that of your LoRAWAN device.
  13. You should see a chart grid with valid data, red for rssi and green for snr values

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