This Add-on can take data from an in-home device that measures plant moisture, sunlight, etc. and put that into Splunk. The device is made by the company Parrot and affectionately called “Flower Power”. As someone who enjoys gardening, this was an easy enough device to be excited about — plug it into the plant’s soil and it starts pulling data almost immediately. Not only does it work, but it looks sleek!
According to the Flower Power API, there are a couple of interesting data points you can return. One is simply an overall look at your device syncing, referred to as Sync Data. You get information like hardware versions, avatar URL’s from your Parrot account, etc. This data comes into the sourcetype: flower_power_sync_data.
The second bit of data is probably more interesting as it’s the actual status of the devices in your garden. This is called Garden Location Status. This is where data around soil moisture, sunlight levels, and fertilizer levels, all come in and is found in the sourcetype: flower_power_garden_locations_status.
So, really, what’s the purpose of this?
There are plenty of reasons for pulling in this kind of data. First and foremost, why wouldn’t someone want to look at the care of their plants, both historically and in real-time? If you’re like me and you travel, you can now call up your mom and ask her to water your plants much more efficiently. You could also potentially create alerts on this data and you could even get alerts on your other IoT devices in a lot of creative ways, as we’ll see in the coming weeks.
Examples of a couple interesting searches are below that might give you some ideas of what type of information you can find from the Flower Power API. You’re of course not limited to these searches. With Splunk SPL, anything is possible and there are plenty of other interesting data points here.
A count of the number of events where your soil moisture was found to be too low:
A chart of your battery level over time:
Needless to say…
As I’m beginning to do more with these devices, my perspective on the Internet of Things is shifting. Hopefully, you’ll look into learning more for yourself about these devices too, whether it’s for the purpose of doing something conventional or fun (or both). Make sure to follow @hurricanelabs on Twitter and keep an eye peeled for part two of my IoT series!