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Within the IoTaaP Ecosystem we are required to send data beween devices. To keep a standard format we use JSON for all Machine to Machine (M2M) exchanges.

Why JSON and how it works.

JavaScript Object Notation allows us to pass information in an easily machine-readable format. JSON is a international standard used for its simplicity. JSON is in essence a list of paired values.

Normally the first value is a category, with the second being the value.

{"category" : "value" }

JSON can also have multiple pairs of values within an object.

    "category_1" : "value_1",
    "category_2" : "value_2",
    "category_3" : "value_3"

Examples using Arduino JSON

To parse data into JSON format we suggest including the Arduino JSON library to parse data into JSON format.

This can be achieved by adding ArduinoJson to the lib_deps within the platformio.ini file within the project.

lib_deps = 
    iotaap/IoTaaP OS @ ^4.0.0 
First we need to include the ArduinoJson library within our main.cpp. #include <ArduinoJson.h> is added to the top.

Followed by declaring an JSONDocument object with a 200 item capacity.

StaticJsonDocument<200> jdoc;

Next we need a Char Array of suitable size to hold our JSON Object.

char json_char[256];

Within the loop we need to add our parameters into the json document.

jdoc["date"]= "2020-01-01";
jdoc["time"]= "00:01:01";
There is several formats which can be used. More details can be found within arduinoJson Docs.

Finally we can use the "serialize" command from the arduinoJson library to convert this JSON doc into a char array in json format.

serializeJson(jdoc, json_char);

The JSON Code as a full example.

#include <IoTaaP_OS.h>
#include <ArduinoJson.h>

IoTaaP_OS iotaapOs("1.0.1");
StaticJsonDocument<200> jdoc; //Json document with capacity 200
char json_char[255]; // Json char array with max size of 256 chars

void callback(char *topic, byte *message, unsigned int length)
  Serial.println("Received data on topic:");
  Serial.println(topic); // Print topic


  for (int i = 0; i < length; i++) // Print message

void setup()
  iotaapOs.start(); // Start IoTaaP OS
  iotaapOs.startWifi(); // Connect to WiFi
  iotaapOs.startMqtt(callback); // Connect to MQTT broker

void loop()
  jdoc["date"]= "2020-01-01";
  serializeJson(jdoc, json_char);

End result

Serial output of Json Object should appear like so.

Now we are familiar with JSON and can convert values into JSON formatted objects. we can now progress to the different MQTT publishes.