We used a  Particle Photon WiFi enabled device as a cheap and simple remote environmental monitor. We’ve programmed it to measure the temperature and pressure in our remote location, on a daily basis, using an Adafruit MPL115A2 sensor. The Photon uses its inbuilt functions to publish the data obtained privately to the web.

We could have used a Python script running on a remote server to monitor web activity and to notify us of the measurements as we did with Singing Windows. Instead, we used a much simpler, if slower, solution: a web tool called IFTTT (IF This Then That). We simply configure this to look for a measurement event our Photon has created and send us an email when one occurs. No real coding needed for this part of the solution!


Made and coded by: Sam