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GE Predix

Latest Version: 1.0.0

The library lets your agent code to connect to GE’s Predix IoT platform. It makes use of the Predix User Account and Authentication (UAA), Asset, and Time Series services REST API.

This library depends on the Promise library, so you must include the latest version of Electric Imp Promise library at the top of your agent code as well.

Before using this library you need to:

  • Register an account at the Predix platform.
  • Add UAA, Assets, Time Series services to your account.
  • Create and configure a client using UAA service instance.
  • Obtain URLs of UAA, Assets and Time Series service instances.
  • Obtain Zone-ID identifiers of Assets and Time Series service instances.

If you want to manage your connected device(s) and see the data from them in Predix, you may:

  • Create a web application.
  • Deploy the web application to the Predix platform.
  • Bind UAA, Assets and Time Series services (and any other Predix services that your application uses) to the web application.

For more information about Predix platform setup and usage, please see the Predix Documentation.

You can view the library’s source code on GitHub. Click here to see information on other versions of this library.

To add this library to your project, add

#require "Predix.agent.nut:1.0.0"
#require "Promise.class.nut:3.0.1"

to the top of your agent code.

Class Usage

Constructor: Predix(uaaUrl, clientId, clientSecret, assetUrl, assetZoneId, timeSeriesIngestUrl, timeSeriesZoneId)

To instantiate this library you need to have: - UAA service instance URL. - UAA service client ID. - UAA service client secret. - Asset service instance URL. - Asset service Zone-ID. - Time Series service ingestion URL. - Time Series service Zone-ID.

and pass each of the these initialization data into the constructor:

#require "promise.class.nut:3.0.1"
#require "Predix.agent.nut:1.0.0"

predix <- Predix(<"YOUR_UUA_URL">, <"YOUR_CLIENT_ID">, <"YOUR_CLIENT_SECRET">,
                 <"YOUR_ASSET_URL">, <"YOUR_ASSET_ZONE_ID">, <"YOUR_TIME_SERIES_INGEST_URL">,
                 <"YOUR_TIME_SERIES_ZONE_ID">);

The constructor does not return any error. If any or all of the initialization data is not correct, you receive an appropriate error when the library method cannot be executed

Note The current version of the library accepts only http or https Time Series service ingestion URL. Please check if the latest version of the Predix platform supports data ingestion over http or https protocols. If not (eg. Time Series service uses only WebSocket protocol for data ingestion), you will need an external http-to-websocket proxy that receives http/https requests from the library and resends them to the Predix Time Series service through WebSocket.

Class Methods

Callbacks

All requests that are made to the Predix platform are asynchronous. Every method that sends a request can take an optional callback function which will be called when the operation is completed, successfully or not. The callback has three parameters of its own:

  • status — The status of the operation (success or one of the error types)
  • errMessage — Error details, in case of error
  • response — The response from the Predix platform, if it has been received

Any of the following error constants may be passed into status:

  • PREDIX_STATUS.LIBRARY_ERROR — This is reported if the library has been wrongly initialized or invalid arguments are passed into the method. Usually it indicates an issue during an application development which should be fixed during debugging and therefore should not occur after the application has been deployed. The actual error details are provided in errMessage.

  • PREDIX_STATUS.PREDIX_REQUEST_FAILED — This error may occur during the normal execution of an application. The application logic should process this error. The error details are provided in errMessage and in response.

  • PREDIX_STATUS.PREDIX_UNEXPECTED_RESPONSE — This indicates an unexpected behavior of the Predix platform, such as a response which does not correspond to the Predix REST API specification. The error details are provided in errMessage and in response.

Assets identification and management

Your device is represented in the Predix platform as an asset. Every asset is uniquely identified in the scope of your Predix account by a pair of values: assetType and assetId.

assetType can be the type of device, such as "sensor" or "actuator", your application, your use case name, or anything else you want.

assetId must be a unique identifier in the scope of a particular assetType. It may be a hierarchical naming structure, or just a plain (but unique) number, eg. the device ID.

All library methods which operate with assets and send data have assetType / assetId pair as parameters.

The library provides methods to create, update, delete or query assets in the Predix platform using Predix Asset service. To update or delete an asset or to send data it is not mandatory to create this asset using the library method. Your application may receive the identifier of an already created asset by some other means.

createAsset(assetType, assetId, assetInfo[, callback])

This method creates or updates a specified asset.

If the specified asset does not exist, it is created and initialized by the provided information (assetInfo). If the specified asset already exists, it is updated with the new information. All old properties are deleted.

local info = { "description" : "My test sensor",
               "location" : "My home" };

predix.createAsset("my_sensor", "unique_id_1234", info, function(status, errMessage, response) {
    if (status == PREDIX_STATUS.SUCCESS) {
        // The asset is created/updated - continue application logic
    } else {
        // log errMessage and response, if any
        server.error(errMessage);
    }
}.bindenv(this));

queryAsset(assetType, assetId[, callback])

This method checks if the specified asset exists. If it does (ie. PREDIX_STATUS.SUCCESS is passed into the callback’s status parameter), the asset properties can be found in the response.body callback parameter.

If the asset doesn’t exist, status will take the value PREDIX_STATUS.PREDIX_REQUEST_FAILED.

predix.queryAsset("my_sensor", "unique_id_1234", function(status, errMessage, response) {
    if (status == PREDIX_STATUS.SUCCESS) {
        // The asset exists
    } else if (status == PREDIX_STATUS.PREDIX_REQUEST_FAILED) {
        // The asset does not exist
    } else {
        // unexpected/library error - log errMessage and response, if any
        server.error(errMessage + " (" + response.body + ")");
    }
}.bindenv(this));

deleteAsset(assetType, assetId[, callback])

This method deletes the specified asset. If the specified asset does not exist, the method does nothing, and PREDIX_STATUS.SUCCESS will be passed into in the callback’s status parameter, just as it would be if the asset did exist but has now been deleted.

predix.deleteAsset("my_sensor", "unique_id_1234", function(status, errMessage, response) {
    if (status == PREDIX_STATUS.SUCCESS) {
        // The asset does not exist anymore - continue application logic
    } else {
        // Log errMessage and response, if any
        server.error(errMessage);
    }
}.bindenv(this));

Sending Data

ingestData(assetType, assetId, data, timestamp[, callback])

This method is used to send data to the Predix platform using the Predix Time Series service.

If you do not provide a value for the timestamp parameter — pass null in this case — the library inserts the current date and time.

local data = { "my_data" : "value_100" };

predix.ingestData("my_sensor", "unique_id_1234", data, null, function(status, errMessage, response) {
    if (status == PREDIX_STATUS.SUCCESS) {
        // the data has been sent - continue application logic
    }
    else {
        // Log errMessage and response, if any
        server.error(errMessage);
    }
}.bindenv(this));

Release History

The Electric Imp Dev Center documents the latest version of the library. For past versions, please see the Electric Imp public GitHub repos listed below.

Version Source Code Notes
1.0.0 GitHub Initial release

License

The Predix library is licensed under the MIT License.