AWS IoT Button, Lambda and Couchbase
Getting Started with Serverless FaaS and AWS Lambda showshow to use a simple Java functionto store a JSON document to Couchbase using AWS Lambda. This blog buildsupon that and shows how an AWS IoT Button can be used as atrigger for that Lambda function.
By end of this blog, you’ll learn:How to configure the AWS IoT Button Use the IoT Button astrigger for Lambda Function Test the IoT button
The overall flowwill be:
The IoT button click will invoke the HelloCouchbaseLambdaLambda function. This function is uses the Couchbase Java SDK to create a JSON document in Couchbase.
This blog is also playingcatch up with Collecting iBeacon Data with Couchbase and Raspberry Pi IoT Devices by Nic and The CouchCase by Matthew on their summer projects.One last blog will be published in this series. That will show how multiple AWS IoT buttons can be usedfor some fun.
Let’s get started!Configure IoT Button
The fastest way to configure the IoT button is by using the mobile app for iOS or Android.
Seemore details about configuring IoT Button using mobile app .
Here are some snapshots from configuring button using the mobile app.
Bring up the app, click on + to start configuring a new button:
Enter the button’s serial number:
Register the button:
Configure the buttonwith a wifi network:
Upload all the certificates etc:
After this, the button is configured and ready to use. This blog skipped the part where a template Lambda Function is associated with the button click.
If a mobile appcannot be used then the button can be configured manually .Use IoT Button as Trigger for Lambda Function
The aws lambda create-event-source-mapping CLI allows to create an event source for Lambda function. As of AWS CLI version 1.11.21 , only an Amazon Kinesis stream or an Amazon DynamoDB stream can be used. But for this blog, we’ll use the IoT button as a trigger. And this has to be configured using AWS Lambda Console .
IoT Button is only supported in a limited number of regions. For example, it is not supported in the us-west-1 region but us-west-2 region works.
The list ofregions not supported are greyed out in the following list:
Lambda Functioncan be triggered by several events.Lambda Function is invoked when any of theseevents occur. By default, no triggers are associated witha Lambda Function. For our HelloCouchbaseLambda function, these can be seen at us-west-2.console.aws.amazon.com/lambda/home?region=us-west-2#/functions/HelloCouchbaseLambda?tab=triggers .
Click on Add trigger to add a new trigger:
Select on the empty square to create a new trigger, and select AWS IoT :
Forthe button previously registered, get the serial number from us-west-2.console.aws.amazon.com/iotv2/home?region=us-west-2#/thinghub :
Specify the serial number of the button in the AWS IoT trigger:
Click on Submit to create the trigger:
And this confirms that the trigger has been added.Test IoT Button
Before testing the button, let’s login to the Couchbase instance and verify the number of JSON documents in the bucket:
This can be verified at http://<EC2-IP-Address>:8091/index.html#sec=buckets . As expected, no documents exists in the bucket.
Press the button once, and refresh the page. It shows that one document is now stored in the bucket. This is verified in the Couchbase Web Console:
Click on Documents to see the complete list of documents:
Click on the document ID to see more details about the document:
Only the timestamp is stored in this JSON document.
Now, let’s update HelloCouchbaseLambda code to include request id in thedocument as well. This can be achieved by adding the following line of code in theJava class:buttonDocument.setRequestId(context.getAwsRequestId());
A new deployment package can be built and uploaded using the following command:mvn clean package;
aws lambda update-function-code
Now clicking the button will update the number of documents. But the updated document will have an additional attribute populated as shown:
How are you going to take AWS IoT button and use it with Lambda and Couchbase? Let us know at Couchbase Forums .References AWS IoTButton