I'm trying to build a monitoring system for several greenhouses, which involves moisture sensors, watering systems, and environment monitoring (sunlight, temperature). We want everything to be controlled with a central computer, preferably a Raspberry Pi, and we want a lot of flexibility to configure our sensors and actuators. We're doing some big data analysis as well. We've tried WiFi sensor solutions in the past and they just didn't work because of the distances covered and powering issues.
I've been looking with some interest at the NoCAN system (https://www.omzlo.com/articles/the-nocan-platform), which uses a cabled network instead of a wireless one. It seems to combine a Raspberry Pi HAT and a bunch of arduino style nodes.
It seems kind of new. Before I pull the trigger and try this, I wanted to know if anybody has used this solution?
How easy to use is it? Has anybody used it to collect data, e.g. with Eclipse Mosquitto MQTT?