Shell - Particulate Matter Bricklet

This is the description of the Shell API bindings for the Particulate Matter Bricklet. General information and technical specifications for the Particulate Matter Bricklet are summarized in its hardware description.

An installation guide for the Shell API bindings is part of their general description.

Examples

The example code below is Public Domain (CC0 1.0).

Simple

Download (example-simple.sh)

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#!/bin/sh
# Connects to localhost:4223 by default, use --host and --port to change this

uid=XYZ # Change XYZ to the UID of your Particulate Matter Bricklet

# Get current PM concentration
tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet $uid get-pm-concentration

Callback

Download (example-callback.sh)

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#!/bin/sh
# Connects to localhost:4223 by default, use --host and --port to change this

uid=XYZ # Change XYZ to the UID of your Particulate Matter Bricklet

# Handle incoming PM concentration callbacks
tinkerforge dispatch particulate-matter-bricklet $uid pm-concentration &

# Set period for PM concentration callback to 1s (1000ms)
tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet $uid set-pm-concentration-callback-configuration 1000 false

echo "Press key to exit"; read dummy

kill -- -$$ # Stop callback dispatch in background

API

Possible exit codes for all tinkerforge commands are:

  • 1: interrupted (ctrl+c)
  • 2: syntax error
  • 21: Python 2.5 or newer is required
  • 22: Python argparse module is missing
  • 23: socket error
  • 24: other exception
  • 25: invalid placeholder in format string
  • 26: authentication error
  • 201: timeout occurred
  • 209: invalid argument value
  • 210: function is not supported
  • 211: unknown error

Command Structure

The common options of the call and dispatch commands are documented here. The specific command structure is shown below.

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet [<option>..] <uid> <function> [<argument>..]
Parameters:
  • <uid> -- string
  • <function> -- string

The call command is used to call a function of the Particulate Matter Bricklet. It can take several options:

  • --help shows help for the specific call command and exits
  • --list-functions shows a list of known functions of the Particulate Matter Bricklet and exits
tinkerforge dispatch particulate-matter-bricklet [<option>..] <uid> <callback>
Parameters:
  • <uid> -- string
  • <callback> -- string

The dispatch command is used to dispatch a callback of the Particulate Matter Bricklet. It can take several options:

  • --help shows help for the specific dispatch command and exits
  • --list-callbacks shows a list of known callbacks of the Particulate Matter Bricklet and exits
tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> <function> [<option>..] [<argument>..]
Parameters:
  • <uid> -- string
  • <function> -- string

The <function> to be called can take different options depending of its kind. All functions can take the following options:

  • --help shows help for the specific function and exits

Getter functions can take the following options:

  • --execute <command> shell command line to execute for each incoming response (see section about output formatting for details)

Setter functions can take the following options:

  • --expect-response requests response and waits for it

The --expect-response option for setter functions allows to detect timeouts and other error conditions calls of setters as well. The device will then send a response for this purpose. If this option is not given for a setter function then no response is send and errors are silently ignored, because they cannot be detected.

tinkerforge dispatch particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> <callback> [<option>..]
Parameters:
  • <uid> -- string
  • <callback> -- string

The <callback> to be dispatched can take several options:

  • --help shows help for the specific callback and exits
  • --execute <command> shell command line to execute for each incoming response (see section about output formatting for details)

Basic Functions

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> get-pm-concentration
Output:
  • pm10 -- int
  • pm25 -- int
  • pm100 -- int

Returns the particulate matter concentration in µg/m³, broken down as:

  • PM1.0,
  • PM2.5 and
  • PM10.0.

If the sensor is disabled (see set-enable) then the last known good values from the sensor are returned.

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> get-pm-count
Output:
  • greater03um -- int
  • greater05um -- int
  • greater10um -- int
  • greater25um -- int
  • greater50um -- int
  • greater100um -- int

Returns the number of particulates in 100 ml of air, broken down by their diameter:

  • greater 0.3µm,
  • greater 0.5µm,
  • greater 1.0µm,
  • greater 2.5µm,
  • greater 5.0µm and
  • greater 10.0µm.

If the sensor is disabled (see set-enable) then the last known good value from the sensor is returned.

Advanced Functions

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> set-enable <enable>
Parameters:
  • <enable> -- bool
Output:

no output

Enables/Disables the fan and the laser diode of the sensors. The sensor is enabled by default.

The sensor takes about 30 seconds after it is enabled to settle and produce stable values.

The laser diode has a lifetime of about 8000 hours. If you want to measure in an interval with a long idle time (e.g. hourly) you should turn the laser diode off between the measurements.

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> get-enable
Output:
  • enable -- bool

Returns the state of the sensor as set by set-enable.

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> get-sensor-info
Output:
  • sensor-version -- int
  • last-error-code -- int
  • framing-error-count -- int
  • checksum-error-count -- int

Returns information about the sensor:

  • the sensor version number,
  • the last error code reported by the sensor (0 means no error) and
  • the number of framing and checksum errors that occurred in the communication with the sensor.
tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> get-spitfp-error-count
Output:
  • error-count-ack-checksum -- int
  • error-count-message-checksum -- int
  • error-count-frame -- int
  • error-count-overflow -- int

Returns the error count for the communication between Brick and Bricklet.

The errors are divided into

  • ACK checksum errors,
  • message checksum errors,
  • framing errors and
  • overflow errors.

The errors counts are for errors that occur on the Bricklet side. All Bricks have a similar function that returns the errors on the Brick side.

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> set-bootloader-mode <mode>
Parameters:
  • <mode> -- int (has symbols)
Output:
  • status -- int (has symbols)

Sets the bootloader mode and returns the status after the requested mode change was instigated.

You can change from bootloader mode to firmware mode and vice versa. A change from bootloader mode to firmware mode will only take place if the entry function, device identifier and CRC are present and correct.

This function is used by Brick Viewer during flashing. It should not be necessary to call it in a normal user program.

The following symbols are available for this function:

  • bootloader-mode-bootloader = 0, for <mode>
  • bootloader-mode-firmware = 1, for <mode>
  • bootloader-mode-bootloader-wait-for-reboot = 2, for <mode>
  • bootloader-mode-firmware-wait-for-reboot = 3, for <mode>
  • bootloader-mode-firmware-wait-for-erase-and-reboot = 4, for <mode>
  • bootloader-status-ok = 0, for status
  • bootloader-status-invalid-mode = 1, for status
  • bootloader-status-no-change = 2, for status
  • bootloader-status-entry-function-not-present = 3, for status
  • bootloader-status-device-identifier-incorrect = 4, for status
  • bootloader-status-crc-mismatch = 5, for status
tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> get-bootloader-mode
Output:
  • mode -- int (has symbols)

Returns the current bootloader mode, see set-bootloader-mode.

The following symbols are available for this function:

  • bootloader-mode-bootloader = 0, for mode
  • bootloader-mode-firmware = 1, for mode
  • bootloader-mode-bootloader-wait-for-reboot = 2, for mode
  • bootloader-mode-firmware-wait-for-reboot = 3, for mode
  • bootloader-mode-firmware-wait-for-erase-and-reboot = 4, for mode
tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> set-write-firmware-pointer <pointer>
Parameters:
  • <pointer> -- int
Output:

no output

Sets the firmware pointer for write-firmware. The pointer has to be increased by chunks of size 64. The data is written to flash every 4 chunks (which equals to one page of size 256).

This function is used by Brick Viewer during flashing. It should not be necessary to call it in a normal user program.

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> write-firmware <data>
Parameters:
  • <data> -- int,int,..61x..,int
Output:
  • status -- int

Writes 64 Bytes of firmware at the position as written by set-write-firmware-pointer before. The firmware is written to flash every 4 chunks.

You can only write firmware in bootloader mode.

This function is used by Brick Viewer during flashing. It should not be necessary to call it in a normal user program.

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> set-status-led-config <config>
Parameters:
  • <config> -- int (has symbols)
Output:

no output

Sets the status LED configuration. By default the LED shows communication traffic between Brick and Bricklet, it flickers once for every 10 received data packets.

You can also turn the LED permanently on/off or show a heartbeat.

If the Bricklet is in bootloader mode, the LED is will show heartbeat by default.

The following symbols are available for this function:

  • status-led-config-off = 0, for <config>
  • status-led-config-on = 1, for <config>
  • status-led-config-show-heartbeat = 2, for <config>
  • status-led-config-show-status = 3, for <config>
tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> get-status-led-config
Output:
  • config -- int (has symbols)

Returns the configuration as set by set-status-led-config

The following symbols are available for this function:

  • status-led-config-off = 0, for config
  • status-led-config-on = 1, for config
  • status-led-config-show-heartbeat = 2, for config
  • status-led-config-show-status = 3, for config
tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> get-chip-temperature
Output:
  • temperature -- int

Returns the temperature in °C as measured inside the microcontroller. The value returned is not the ambient temperature!

The temperature is only proportional to the real temperature and it has bad accuracy. Practically it is only useful as an indicator for temperature changes.

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> reset
Output:no output

Calling this function will reset the Bricklet. All configurations will be lost.

After a reset you have to create new device objects, calling functions on the existing ones will result in undefined behavior!

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> write-uid <uid>
Parameters:
  • <uid> -- int
Output:

no output

Writes a new UID into flash. If you want to set a new UID you have to decode the Base58 encoded UID string into an integer first.

We recommend that you use Brick Viewer to change the UID.

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> read-uid
Output:
  • uid -- int

Returns the current UID as an integer. Encode as Base58 to get the usual string version.

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> get-identity
Output:
  • uid -- string
  • connected-uid -- string
  • position -- char
  • hardware-version -- int,int,int
  • firmware-version -- int,int,int
  • device-identifier -- int (has symbols)

Returns the UID, the UID where the Bricklet is connected to, the position, the hardware and firmware version as well as the device identifier.

The position can be 'a', 'b', 'c' or 'd'.

The device identifier numbers can be found here

Callback Configuration Functions

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> set-pm-concentration-callback-configuration <period> <value-has-to-change>
Parameters:
  • <period> -- int
  • <value-has-to-change> -- bool
Output:

no output

The period in ms is the period with which the pm-concentration callback is triggered periodically. A value of 0 turns the callback off.

If the value has to change-parameter is set to true, the callback is only triggered after the value has changed. If the value didn't change within the period, the callback is triggered immediately on change.

If it is set to false, the callback is continuously triggered with the period, independent of the value.

The default value is (0, false).

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> get-pm-concentration-callback-configuration
Output:
  • period -- int
  • value-has-to-change -- bool

Returns the callback configuration as set by set-pm-concentration-callback-configuration.

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> set-pm-count-callback-configuration <period> <value-has-to-change>
Parameters:
  • <period> -- int
  • <value-has-to-change> -- bool
Output:

no output

The period in ms is the period with which the pm-count callback is triggered periodically. A value of 0 turns the callback off.

If the value has to change-parameter is set to true, the callback is only triggered after the value has changed. If the value didn't change within the period, the callback is triggered immediately on change.

If it is set to false, the callback is continuously triggered with the period, independent of the value.

The default value is (0, false).

tinkerforge call particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> get-pm-count-callback-configuration
Output:
  • period -- int
  • value-has-to-change -- bool

Returns the callback configuration as set by set-pm-count-callback-configuration.

Callbacks

Callbacks can be used to receive time critical or recurring data from the device:

tinkerforge dispatch particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> example

The available callbacks are described below.

Note

Using callbacks for recurring events is always preferred compared to using getters. It will use less USB bandwidth and the latency will be a lot better, since there is no round trip time.

tinkerforge dispatch particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> pm-concentration
Output:
  • pm10 -- int
  • pm25 -- int
  • pm100 -- int

This callback is triggered periodically according to the configuration set by set-pm-concentration-callback-configuration.

The parameters are the same as get-pm-concentration.

tinkerforge dispatch particulate-matter-bricklet <uid> pm-count
Output:
  • greater03um -- int
  • greater05um -- int
  • greater10um -- int
  • greater25um -- int
  • greater50um -- int
  • greater100um -- int

This callback is triggered periodically according to the configuration set by set-pm-count-callback-configuration.

The parameters are the same as get-pm-count.