InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana on a Raspberry PI

The combination of InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana lets you collect and visualise almost any data. Here is who is doing what:

  • InfluxDB is a time-series database
  • Telegraf is an agent collecting data and sending it to InfluxDB
  • Grafana is a tool to visualize data using dashboard. Is supports, InfluxDB as a data source, amonst many others.

The result of this tutorial will be a nice dashboard of the system usage on a Raspberry PI.

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Windows (Samba) Share on a Raspberry PI

Assuming you are working  somewhere with a small team and you need a local Windows share to collaborate on documents and oder data. A first choice would obviously be to use Dropbox or a similar cloud service. However if you do not want to send your data to another company or if your internet connection is unstable, you might want to use a server in your local network. My suggestion here is the following: Grab yourself a Rapberry PI, configure a Windows compatible Samba share and start using it.

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Webcam

I’m currently working at Avisec on an open source webcam software component to turn your Raspberry PI and your DSLR into an awesome image-publishing device. Here is a sneak preview of how it could look like when you publish your images to the (commercial) providers Teleport or Panomax.

The images are taken every 15 minutes from my home in Hirschthal AG, Switzerland.

Panomax.com (with panorama)

Teleport.nu (with timelapse)