TEC-IT Donated 10 GetBlue Licenses

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Thank you GetBlue and TEC-IT for donating 10 licenses for the Climate Tracker project to use!

GetBlue is a versatile Android application for bi-directional data acquisition.

GetBlue collects data from Bluetooth SPP, TCP/IP, HTTP and camera scanners automatically in the background. The captured data is forwarded to adjustable target devices, files, online spreadsheets or even injected into 3rd party applications. Bi-directional device communication is supported, manual communication functions for reading and writing data are available as well.

The data acquisition app GetBlue can be operated like a cross-switch: it captures data from an adjustable data source and forwards it to any supported target. The following devices and protocols are currently available:

  • Bluetooth SPP and Bluetooth RFCOMM
    All serial Bluetooth devices supporting the Serial Port Profile (like SPP or RFCOMM barcode scanners) can be used. GetBlue supports Bluetooth client and Bluetooth server mode, thus device as well as PC connections are possible.
  • TCP/IP
    Any device providing a raw TCP/IP socket.
  • HTTP
    HTTP GET and HTTP POST requests with adjustable parameters.
  • Camera scanners
    GetBlue offers an internal barcode scanner. External scanner apps can be used if required.
  • Manual data input
    Device commands can be entered manually.

Captured data can be forwarded via Bluetooth, TCP/IP and HTTP to any target device. In addition the collected data can be

  • displayed (HEX or ASCII)
  • stored locally in a file (including time-stamps)
  • uploaded to a Google Docs Spreadsheet
  • or injected into arbitrary apps on the smartphone via the GetBlue soft-keyboard (keyboard wedge operation).

 

 
Check out GetBlue here on Google Play for Android.

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Climate Tracker Mentioned on White House blog

Code for Philly was just featured on the White House’s blog as part of the President’s Climate Data Initiative:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/19/fact-sheet-president-s-climate-data-initiative-empowering-america-s-comm

Code for Philly: Using City Buses to Help Monitor Local Climate Change-Related Pollution.
Code for Philly, Code for America’s Philadelphia Brigade, is announcing the development of a new mobile sensor network they aim to run on city buses to gather temperature and pollution data across the city, allowing researchers to track the effects of climate change on and its pollutants in areas across an entire city. This data will be combined with OpenTreeMaps, a platform for crowdsourced tree inventory and urban forestry analysis, to determine the value of trees in combating climate change. The data will also be openly available so developers can incorporate and convey information on local pollution and heat levels in real time to citizens.