Get started with NoiseAware Sensors

Learn how to connect and control your NoiseAware devices with the Seam API

Overview

Seam provides a universal API to connect and control many brands of devices such as smart locks, thermostats, and sensors. This guide provides a rapid introduction to connecting and controlling your NoiseAware devices (called "activity zones" by NoiseAware) using the Seam API. To learn more about other brands of devices supported by Seam, head over to our integration page.

To simplify the examples below, we'll use the following modules and utility variables:

1. Install Seam SDK

Seam provides client libraries for many languages, such as JavaScript, Python, Ruby, PHP, and others, as well as a Postman collection and OpenAPI spec.

npm i seam

Once installed, sign-up for Seam to get your API key, and export it as an environment variable:

$ export SEAM_API_KEY=seam_test2ZTo_0mEYQW2TvNDCxG5Atpj85Ffw

This guide uses a Sandbox Workspace. Only virtual activity zones can be connected. If you need to connect a real Noiseaware device, use a non-sandbox workspace and API key.

To control your NoiseAware device via the Seam API, you must first authorize your Seam workspace against your NoiseAware account. To do so, Seam provides Connect Webviews: pre-built UX flows that walk you through authorizing your application to control your NoiseAware device.

Create a Connect Webview

from seamapi import Seam
seam = Seam()

webview = seam.connect_webviews.create(accepted_providers=["noiseaware"])

assert webview.login_successful is False

# Send this webview url to your user!
print(webview.url)

Authorize Your Workspace

Navigate to the URL returned by the Webview object. Since you are using a sandbox workspace, complete the login flow by entering the NoiseAware sandbox test accounts credentials below:

  • email: jane@example.com

  • password: 1234

Get the New Webview

After you complete the login above, you'll get an event for connected_account.createdif you set up a webhook handler. Otherwise you can just poll for the webview until it's status changes, as shown below:

updated_webview = seam.connect_webviews.get(
    webview.connect_webview_id
)

assert updated_webview.login_successful # true

3. Retrieve NoiseAware

NoiseAware noise devices appear with the device_type "noiseaware_activity_zone".

devices = seam.devices.list(device_type="noiseaware_activity_zone")

devices[0]
# Device(
# Device(
#   device_id="617415c6-2aa4-43ac-b436-879951f891b0",
#   device_type="noiseaware_activity_zone",
#   location=None,
#   properties={
#     "online": True,
#     "manufacturer": "noiseaware",
#     "has_direct_power": True,
#     "noiseaware_metadata": {
#       "device_id": "98765",
#       "device_name": "Conference Room",
#       "noise_level_nrs": 0,
#       "noise_level_decibel": 2},
#       "name": "Conference Room",
#       "image_url": "https://connect.getseam.com/assets/images/devices/noiseaware_logo_square.png",
#       "image_alt_text": "NoiseAware Noise Sensor"
#     },
#     capabilities_supported=["noise_detection"],
#   errors=[]
# )

4. Receive Noise Events

NoiseAware users can define noise thresholds at which noise alerts are sent.

You'll get an event for noise_threshold.noise_threshold_triggered when you set up a webhook handler. You can also poll for events.

NoiseAware has three distinct noise alerts: newNoise, continuedNoise, and resolvedNoise. It is essential to keep in mind that Seam will solely trigger the noise_threshold.noise_threshold_triggered event for newNoise.

@app.route("/my_webhook_endpoint", methods=["POST"])
def endpoint():
    event = request.json["event"]
    # {
    # "event_id": "d8ffcf85-73f7-4383-b832-ed65db93c802",
    # "device_id": "617415c6-2aa4-43ac-b436-879951f891b0",
    # "event_type": "noise_sensor.noise_threshold_triggered",
    # "workspace_id": "2c5f5397-37b9-4236-beac-f47f050d42cd",
    # "created_at": "2023-03-14T05:00:35.451Z"
    # "occurred_at": "2023-05-20T00:01:31.273Z",
    # "noiseaware_metadata": {
    #   "noiseaware_alert_info": "ALERT: Noise Sensors at [PropertyName] has sustained noise above the NRS threshold. dashboard.noiseaware.io/properties/[APIKey]",
    #   "noiseaware_alert_time": "2023-05-20T00:01:31.180Z",
    #   "noiseaware_alert_type": "newNoise",
    #   "noiseaware_property_id": 12345,
    #   "noiseaware_property_name": "Acme Corporation"
    # }
        

Next Steps

Now that you've completed this guide, you can try to connect a real NoiseAware device. To do so, make sure to switch to a non-sandbox workspace and API key as real devices cannot be connected to sandbox workspaces.

If you have any questions or want to report an issue, email us at support@seam.co

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