Geiger Counters in Smarttiles/ST?


(Reg - Hereford UK) #1

Hi, I have a GMC-320 Plus Geiger Muller Counter from GQ Electronics that I would really like to display in Smarttiles.
It has a USB output which uploads data to their website periodically. I imagine that it’s possible to write a device handler for a PC to grab this and make it availlble in ST. Unfortunately this is beyond my skills.

The data comes over COM3 virtual port on the USB and looks like this -
GQ Electronics LLC GMC-300 Data Viewer Version 2.31
Date Time CPM 1s 2s 3s 4s 5s 6s 7s 8s 9s 10s 11s 12s 13s 14s 15s 16s 17s 18s 19s 20s 21s 22s 23s 24s 25s 26s 27s 28s 29s 30s 31s 32s 33s 34s 35s 36s 37s 38s 39s 40s 41s 42s 43s 44s 45s 46s 47s 48s 49s 50s 51s 52s 53s 54s 55s 56s 57s 58s 59s 60s
02/04/2017 10:01 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
02/04/2017 10:02 28 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 1 1 0
02/04/2017 10:03 23 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

This gives a Counts per minute rate or CPM of ~25 for my location. Anything <50 is normal.
There is an app that ouputs to the web like this
History

DateTimeReceived CPM ACPM uSv/h Location

1 2017-04-02 06:02:35 MST 20 - - Lat xxx Long XXX
2 2017-04-02 05:57:34 MST 22 - -
3 2017-04-02 05:52:33 MST 22 - -
4 2017-04-02 05:47:32 MST 24 - -
5 2017-04-02 05:42:31 MST 36 - -

I live within 20 miles of 2 x nuclear power stations and Donald is the CinC and am mildly interested in the radiation levels.

I counted the Geigers on here and there are 5; Peter, Todd, Patrick, Frank and David.

Any Ideas ?

Regards

Big Reg


Geiger Counters
(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #2

Currently, nearly Tile in SmartTiles or ActionTiles is based on a connection to a SmartThings Device.

Writing a PC program which posts data to a Web-Services SmartApp & Device Type Handler isn’t super difficult; but the next step is currently outside the featureset of ActionTiles too… i.e., creating a “Tileabilty” so that the output can be displayed.

One solution to this second part is to have the DTH report it’s current value as “light level (lux)”, “temperature” or some other existing numeric Tile.

As for the first part; you could pay to have it done by someone or pay for some tutorial sessions to learn to build it yourself if you want a fun challenge.


(Reg - Hereford UK) #3

Thanks for the constructive reply.
I think I’l just keep looking at it and listening to the clicks. Sounds a bit too hard for me.
Should the “bucket of sunshine” occur , the usual warning is
a. Being vaporised
b, Going blind
c. Windows blasting violently inwards
d. Metallic taste followed by going scabby and dying

Here’s a nice collaborative implementation…https://www.netc.com/
Cheers