This article is the third in a series on Internet of Things (IoT) sensors. It teaches you about various sensors available and how to read data from them.

Hardware

  • Arduino Uno
  • Soil Moisture Sensor
  • Jumper Cables

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Software

Circuit

Step 1: Make sure your Arduino is not connected to a power source.

Step 2: Using jumper cables connect power (VNC) and ground (GND) ports on Arduino to power (+) and ground (-) ports on breadboard.

Tip: It is a good practice to use red jumper cable for power (+ / VNC) and black jumper cable for ground (- / GND).

Step 3: Now that your breadboard has a power source, using jumper cables connect power (+) and ground (-) ports of your breadboard to power and ground ports of the Soil Moisture sensor.

Step 4: To read light intensity values, you will need to connect a jumper cable from Analog signal port ofSoil Moisture sensor to A0 (Analog) port of your Arduino.

Your circuit is now complete and it should look similar to figures below.

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Arduino Code

Next you are going to write Arduino code that will read sensor data. Start your Arduino IDE and either type the code provided below or download it from GitHub. All the code goes into a single source file (*.ino) but in order to make it easy to understand and reuse, it has been divided into 3 sections.

  • External Libraries: includes all libraries required to run the program
  • Sensor Setup: code for reading sensor data
  • Standard Arduino Functions: implementation of standard Arduino functions setup() and loop()
/***************************************************************************
* External Libraries
**************************************************************************/

#include <SPI.h>

/*****************************************************************************
* Sensor Setup - Variables & Functions
****************************************************************************/

int MOISTURE_SENSOR_PIN = A0;
float moistureSensorValue = 0.0;

void readSensorData()
{
//Read Mositure Sensor Value
moistureSensorValue = analogRead(MOISTURE_SENSOR_PIN);

//Display Readings
Serial.print("[INFO] Moisture Sensor Reading: ");
Serial.println(moistureSensorValue);
}

/***************************************************************************
* Standard Arduino Functions - setup(), loop()
**************************************************************************/

void setup()
{
// Initialize serial port
Serial.begin(9600);
}

void loop()
{
readSensorData();

delay(5000);
}

Final Product

Make sure your Arduino is powered on and code from above has been deployed. As soon as code has been deployed, open serial monitor.

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