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C. BellBeginning Sensor Networks with XBee, Raspberry Pi, and Arduinohttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-5796-8_5

5. Raspberry Pi–Based Sensor Nodes

Charles Bell1 
Warsaw, VA, USA

Using XBee modules and microcontrollers to host sensors is an economical way to build a sensor network. But what do you do when you need more computational power than a microcontroller can provide? What if you need to convert the data to a different format, incorporate the data in an application, or print a hard copy of the sensor data? In these situations, you likely need a computer that has more processing power, can allow the use of common applications, permits the use of scripting languages, and affords access to peripherals.

Although personal computers ...

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