Control humidity with a Raspberry Pi and IoT devices

I’ve got a Wemo switch and a BeeWi temperature/humidity sensor. I’ve use them in previous projects. Today I want a control humidity level in a room. The idea is switch on/off a dehumidifier (plugged to Wemo switch) depending on the humidity (from BeeWi sensor). Let’s start.

I’ve got one script (node) that reads humidity from the sensor (via BTLE)

#!/usr/bin/env node
noble = require('noble');

var status = false;
var address = process.argv[2];

if (!address) {
    console.log('Usage "./ <sensor mac address>"');

function hexToInt(hex) {
    var num, maxVal;
    if (hex.length % 2 !== 0) {
        hex = "0" + hex;
    num = parseInt(hex, 16);
    maxVal = Math.pow(2, hex.length / 2 * 8);
    if (num > maxVal / 2 - 1) {
        num = num - maxVal;

    return num;

noble.on('stateChange', function(state) {
    status = (state === 'poweredOn');

noble.on('discover', function(peripheral) {
    if (peripheral.address == address) {
        var data = peripheral.advertisement.manufacturerData.toString('hex');
        console.log(Math.min(100,parseInt(data.substr(14, 2),16)));

noble.on('scanStop', function() {

setTimeout(function() {
}, 3000);

Now I’ve got another script to control the switch. A Python script using ouimeaux library

#!/usr/bin/env python
from ouimeaux.environment import Environment
from subprocess import check_output
import sys
import os

threshold = 3

def action(switch):
    humidity = int(check_output(["%s/reader.js" % os.path.dirname(sys.argv[0]), sensorMac]))
    if "Switch1" ==
        botton = expected - threshold
        isOn = False if switch.get_state() == 0 else True
        log = ""

        if isOn and humidity < botton:
            log = "humidity < %s Switch to OFF" % botton
        elif not isOn and humidity > expected:
            log = "humidity > %s Switch to ON" % expected

        print "Humidity: %s Switch is OK (%s) %s" % (humidity, 'On' if isOn else 'Off', log)

if __name__ == '__main__':
        sensorMac = sys.argv[1]
        mySwitch = sys.argv[2]
        expected = int(sys.argv[3])
        print 'Usage "./ <sensorMac> <switch name> <expected humidity>"'

    env = Environment(action)

And that’s all. Now I only need to configure my Raspberry Pi’s crontab and run the script each minute

*/1 * * * *     /mnt/media/projects/hum/ ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff Switch1 50

Project is available in my github account.

Nowadays I’m involved with Arduino and iot, so I wand to do something similar with cheaper Arduino stuff.


About Gonzalo Ayuso

Web Architect. PHP, Python, Node, Angular, ionic, PostgreSQL, Linux, ... Always learning.

Posted on April 3, 2017, in IoT, node.js, Python, Raspberry Pi, Technology and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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