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Connecting SenseCAP to Power BI via Node-RED

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In this tutorial we will guide you through how to import sensor data from SenseCAP into Power BI for more in-depth data processing by using Node RED.

Preliminary preparation

To complete this tutorial, you need:

Create MQTT Node

Step 1. Start Node-RED

Start Node-RED by typing the command node-red in the terminal and open a browser and enter the address http://localhost:1880 in the address bar to access the editor of Node-RED.

Step 2. Create MQTT Node

We use Network -> mqtt in node and configure mqtt in the format of the SenseCAP API as requested in the previous tutorial.

  • Server:

  • Port: 1883

  • Protocol: MQTT V3.1.1

  • Client ID: The format is org-<Organization ID>-<Random ID>

    • <Orgnization ID> Your organization ID. We have obtained it in the Get the SenseCAP API.
    • <Random ID> uses your own randomly generated numbers or lowercase letters.
  • Topic Format: /device_sensor_data/<OrgID>/<DeviceEUI>/<Channel>/<Reserved>/<MeasurementID>

OrgIDYour organization ID. We have obtained it in the Get the SenseCAP API.
DevEUIUnique identification of sensor devices. This information can be found on the sticker on the back of the Grove - Wio E5, as well as in the SenseCAP console device.
ChannelA physical interface on the device to which the sensor is connected. For the K1100 kit, the default value here is 1.
ReservedReserved Fields.
MeasurementIDMeasured value ID. This ID can be found in the Measurement IDs section of the SenseCAP documentation

We recommend that an mqtt in node only transmits the values of a single sensor to avoid data confusion caused by transmitting the values of multiple sensors at the same time.

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Step 3. Validate MQTT nodes

Once configured, please click the Deploy button in the top right corner to check if the configuration was successful. If it is filled in correctly, then the word Connected will be displayed.

Configure function node

Data reporting to Power BI needs to follow a specific data format, so it's necessary to add a function node to process the data format.

Drag out the function node from the function bar on the left, double-click it to enter the edit page, then copy the code to On Message.

var payload = msg.payload;
var topic = msg.topic;
var strs = topic.split("/");
var length = strs.length
if (length >= 2) {
var measurementId = strs[length - 1]
var body = {}
var value = payload.value
if (measurementId == 4100) {
body.co2 = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4103) {
body.soilmoisture = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4150) {
body.accelX = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4151) {
body.accelY = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4152) {
body.accelZ = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4192) {
body.soundintensity = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4193) {
body.lightIntensity = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4195) {
body.tvoc = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4097) {
body.airtemperature = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4098) {
body.airhumidity = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4175) {
body.AIdetection_1 = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4176) {
body.AIdetection_2 = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4177) {
body.AIdetection_3 = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4178) {
body.AIdetection_4 = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4179) {
body.AIdetection_5 = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4180) {
body.AIdetection_6 = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4181) {
body.AIdetection_7 = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4182) {
body.AIdetection_8 = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4183) {
body.AIdetection_9 = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
} else if (measurementId == 4184) {
body.AIdetection_10 = value
body.timestamp = msg.payload.timestamp
msg.payload = body;
return msg;

:::Tip The above code is common to all sensors and you can choose to paste it all into a function node or intercept a section of one of the sensors you are using to use. It is worth noting that the name of the sensor in the program needs to match the name set later in Power BI for the data stream to be transferred successfully. For example, in the above program the light sensor has the value name: lightIntensity. :::

Create the Power BI datasets

Step 1. Sign in to your Power BI account.

Step 2. Create a workspace.

Select Workspaces, and then select Create a workspace.

On the Create a workspace page, enter In-store analytics - checkout as the Workspace name. Select Save.

Step 3. Create a streaming dataset.

On the workspace page, select + New > Streaming dataset.

On the New streaming dataset page, choose API, and then select Next.

Enter Light-Sensor as the Dataset name.

Enter the Light values from stream in following table:

Value nameValue type

The Value name should be the same as the name of the function program in Node RED.

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You now have a streaming datasets. Please make a note of the Push URL you get here, we will use it in the next step.

Configure http request node

Add http request from the storage bar on the left,double-click it to enter the configuration page, then click the edit button to edit http request node.

Please copy the URL obtained in the previous section into the URL in the http request page.

Just change the method to POST and save it.

Deploy and observe data

Step 1. Deploy

Then we connect all the nodes and click on the Deploy button and if everything is set up correctly you will be able to see the mqtt in node showing connected.

If you want to see the logging information of the data, you can add a debug node after the function node.

Once the Wio Terminal starts powering up and working and starts sending data to SenseCAP PaaS server, then we can check the data on Node-RED debug log.

Step 2. Configure Power BI dashboards

Select Workspaces > In-store analytics - checkout.

Select + New > Dashboard.

Enter Store analytics as the dashboard name, and select Create.

Add line charts

Add a line chart tiles to show the Light value from the Wio Terminal buit-in sensors. Use the information in the following table to create the tiles. To add each tile, start by selecting Edit > Add a tile.

Select Custom Streaming Data, and then select Next.

Configure the horizontal coordinate to display the timestamp and the vertical coordinate to display the data values on the value.

When the data stream starts to transfer, you will be able to see the dashboard as a line graph.

You can also add more graphics or data analysis to suit your needs.

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