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HTTP POST with Speedway Connect software [VIDEO]


Speedway Connect is an on-reader software application from Impinj. It allows users to graphically configure a Speedway Revolution reader and receive tag data over standard communication channels. One of the available output options is HTTP POST. When this is enabled, the reader will periodically send tag data to a web server. Here are the details of the POST format, along with a sample PHP script showing how to parse the data and put it into a MySQL database as well as a demonstration video of this feature.

These are the POST variables sent by Speedway Connect:

reader_name : The name assigned to the reader in Speedway Connect
mac_address : The MAC address of the reader
line_ending : Line ending character specified in Speedway Connect
field_delim : Field delimiter character specified in Speedway Connect
field_names : A list of field names, separated by the specified delimiter
field_values : A list of field values, separated by the specified delimiter

Here's a video showing this capability.

NOTE: The following video shows connecting to the Speedway Connect web UI using the following URL:

http://<reader host name>:8080.  

For more recent Speedway Connect versions (version 1.0.4 and newer), you need to use the following URL to access the Speedway Connect web UI:

https://<reader host name>

Notice, this is now a secure (https://) connection and the port (:8080) is no longer needed.  The first time you connect to the Speedway Connect web UI, your browser will inform you that the SSL certificate is self-signed (not signed by a trusted third party). To get around this, just click “Add an exception” in your browser and once you add it to your approved list, you should not see that message again.




// Uncomment this block for debug.
// It writes the raw POST data to a file.
$fn = "log.txt";
$fp = fopen($fn, "a");
$rawPostData = file_get_contents('php://input');
fwrite($fp, date("l F d, Y, h:i A") . "," . $rawPostData . "\n");

// Define the user name, password,
// MySQL hostname and database name.
define("DB_USER", "user");
define("DB_PASS", "pass");
define("DB_HOST", "mysql.myhost.com");
define("DB_NAME", "dbname");

// Store the POST variables.
$readerName = $_POST[reader_name];
$macAddress = $_POST[mac_address];
$lineEnding = $_POST[line_ending];
$fieldDelim = $_POST[field_delim];
$fieldNames = $_POST[field_names];
$fieldValues = $_POST[field_values];

// Connect to the database.
$con = mysql_connect(DB_HOST, DB_USER, DB_PASS);
mysql_select_db(DB_NAME) or die( "Unable to select database");

// Replace the field delimiter with a comma.
str_replace($fieldDelim, ",", $fieldNames);

// Break the field values up into rows.
$rows = explode("\n", $fieldValues);

// Remove the last row. It's always blank
if (sizeof($rows)) array_pop($rows);

$fieldNames = "reader_name,mac_address," . $fieldNames;

foreach ($rows as $row)
$row = $readerName . "," . $macAddress . "," .
$query = "INSERT INTO tags ($fieldNames) VALUES ($row)";
echo $query . "\n";


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