Bluetooth WarDriving with the nRF52

  • nRF52DK, I’m using PCA10040
  • Unix system or WSL

Project Requirements

  1. The device can scan for nearby Bluetooth devices.
  2. The device can timestamp the data.
  3. The device can keep the addresses in non-volatile memory
  4. The device is battery-powered and lasts for days.

Building / Flashing Blinky

$ cd ~/zephyrproject/zephyr/
$ west update
$ ls boards/arm | grep nrf52dk
$ cd samples/basic/blinky
$ west build -b nrf52dk_nrf52832
$ west flash

Device Tree

$ cd ~/zephyrproject/zephyr/ # Move back to the project root
$ find . -name nrf52dk_nrf52832.dts

Config Files

Loaded configuration '(path)/nrf52dk_nrf52832_defconfig'
west build -t menuconfig

Bluetooth Central

$ cd ~/zephyrproject/zephyr/samples/bluetooth/central_hr
$ west build -b nrf52dk_nrf52832
$ west flash
$ screen /dev/ttyACM0 115200 # Or whatever ACM you are
# Now reset the board, you should see something like this \/

SD Card

Arduino SD card interface
cd ~/zephyrproject/zephyr/samples/subsys/fs/fat_fs

Device Tree Overlays and Configs

* Copyright (c) 2019 Tavish Naruka <>
* SPDX-License-Identifier: Apache-2.0
&spi1 {
status = "okay";
cs-gpios = <&gpio0 17 GPIO_ACTIVE_LOW>;
sdhc0: sdhc@0 {
compatible = "zephyr,mmc-spi-slot";
reg = <0>;
status = "okay";
label = "SDHC0";
spi-max-frequency = <24000000>;
cd boards
cp nrf52840_blip.overlay nrf52dk_nrf52832.overlay
cp nrf52840_blip.conf nrf52dk_nrf52832.conf
cd ..
west build -b nrf52dk_nrf52832
spi1: spi@40004000 {
#address-cells = < 0x1 >;
#size-cells = < 0x0 >;
reg = < 0x40004000 0x1000 >;
interrupts = < 0x4 0x1 >;
status = "okay";
label = "SPI_1";
compatible = "nordic,nrf-spi";
sck-pin = < 0x1f >;
mosi-pin = < 0x1e >;
miso-pin = < 0x1d >;
cs-gpios = < &gpio0 0x11 0x1 >;
sdhc0: sdhc@0 {
compatible = "zephyr,mmc-spi-slot";
reg = < 0x0 >;
status = "okay";
label = "SDHC0";
spi-max-frequency = < 0x16e3600 >;

New Project

$ west init -m --mr main my-workspace
$ cd my-workspace
$ west update
$ cd example-project
$ west build

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