IoT Demo

See IOT in Action: Digital Tip Jar

Below is a full example using Heartland's Python SDK to accept $1.00 tips via a Heartland End-to-End Encryption (E3) card reader and a Raspberry Pi 2 device, with a large chunk of the code supporting the control of the Pi's LEDs for payment status.

How does it work?

The E3 card reader is set up in human interface device (HID) mode, allowing the Python script to read input as it normally would thanks to Python’s raw_input function, and connected to the Raspberry Pi via USB. Once the script has obtained the track data, it builds out some data objects exposed through Heartland’s SDK, HpsEncryptionData to hold information about how the track data is encrypted as Heartland supports multiple encryption schemes and HpsTrackData to hold the encryption information and the encrypted track data itself.

Leveraging Python’s try / except control structure and Heartland’s exposed exception types, the script uses the try / catch to handle execution flow. The HpsCreditService.charge is used to initiate an authorization request against the card’s track data. To handle successes vs. failures, the script properly treats exceptions as payment failures and the lack of an exception as a successful payment, indicating these two options to the tipper (end-user) with the Raspberry Pi’s onboard LEDs by blinking the activity (green) LED for successful payments or the power (red) LED for failed payments.

The Code

# useful imports
from import HpsServicesConfig
from import (
from time import sleep
# filename template for controlling the onboard LEDs
filename = '/sys/class/leds/led{0}/brightness'
def change(led, what):
    changes a given onboard `led` to the `what` brightness level
    ## Expected values
    - `0` - activity LED
    - `1` - power LED
    - `0` - off
    - `1` - on
    tf = open(filename.format(led), 'w')
def blink(led):
    blinks a given onboard `led` for 2 seconds
    ## Expected values
    - `0` - activity LED
    - `1` - power LED
    for i in range(10):
        change(led, '1')
        change(led, '0')
# start with the LEDs off
change(0, '0')
change(1, '0')
# build our configuration object
config = HpsServicesConfig()
config.secret_api_key = 'skapi_cert_MaePAQBr-1QAqjfckFC8FTbRTT120bVQUlfVOjgCBw'
config.version_number = '0000'
config.developer_id = '000000'
# create a new service object to call Portico
service = HpsCreditService(config)
# loop while waiting for input from card reader
while True:
    # read input from keyboard
    # the card reader sends track data + '\n'
    track_data_string = raw_input("> ")
    # build track data object to be passed to `service`
    track_data = HpsTrackData()
    track_data.value = track_data_string
    track_data.method = 'swipe'
    track_data.encryption_data = HpsEncryptionData()
    track_data.encryption_data.version = '01'
        # attempt a charge (CreditSale) using the track data obtained from the reader
        response = service.charge(
        # log the transaction id
        print response.transaction_id
        # blink the activity LED (green) for success
    except HpsException, e:
        print "failure"
        # blink the power LED (red) for failure