Azure IoT Central

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  1. Provide public dashboards

    A nice feature for IoT Central in my point of view would be the option to share telemetry and status dashboards with a public audience.

    In my scenario I'd like to share e.g. the dashboard from the applications home page to an audience in my organization where I don't want to give each user individual access to my application.

    This would also be a nice feature because it would enable me to embed the dashboards into individual built applications aside to IoT Central which use the data collected by IoT Central.

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      3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Please provide advanced rules settings

      Please provide more options for setting up rules e.g. on telemetry data.

      In my case I wanted to set up a rule when a condition lasts over a certain timeframe. I haven't found a way to do this with IoT Centrals rules management.

      Another pain point I noticed was when I set up a rule with a threshold that should send me an e-mail when the rule is triggered, my mail account was spammed with many mails for historical occurences of the trigger. So it would be helpful to have an option whether a rule should be triggered on historical…

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        4 comments  ·  Rules  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        We are adding support for Aggregate functions and Time windowing in Rules that will enable monitoring telemetry over a certain timeframe before alerting.

        I will update the thread once the feature is available to try out.

        Thanks
        Ankit

      • support objects in JSON payload

        Nested objects and arrays.

        Use case: When the device acts as a protocol translator for another network, example BLE and the payloads are identical but from a different address.

        Here is a simplified example:
        "ble": [
        {
        "000B576FC3C7": {
        "v": "4",
        "T": 30,
        "H": 24
        },
        "000B576FAAAA": {
        "v": "4",
        "T": 23,
        "H": 24
        },
        }
        ],

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          0 comments  ·  Rules  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hi Uri,

          Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback. We’re evaluating how we can accomplish what you’ve outlined above. We’ll post updates here as we determine next steps.

          Thanks,
          Luis on behalf of the Azure IoT Central team

        • Virtual State and Event

          Allow adding state and event fields to the model, even if these don't originate from the device. When a rule occurs on any telemetry field an action set the desired value into these virtual fields.

          Example: When Temperature > 80 Deg, Set the Virtual Event vTemperatureEvent = IntoAlarm and the vTemperatureState = "Alarm"
          When the temperature drops back to 65, vTemperatureEvent = OutOfAlarm and vTemperatureState = Normal

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            0 comments  ·  Rules  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hi Uri,

            Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback. This is great feedback and we’ll consider this as we build our feature roadmap. We’ll provide updates here once we make any determinations.

            Thanks,
            Luis on behalf of the Azure IoT Central team

          • Distributor Role, Vender Role, User Role for Azure IoT Central

            I want to use Distributor / Vender / User Role on Azure IoT Central.
            for each devices ownor scenario.

            When the devices ownor is distributer, who manage the devices,
            monitor these status, support, fix, as administrator.
            at this time,
            Vender just monitor only their devices,
            and build some type devices,
            at this time,
            User just monitor only their devices.
            and use some devices from some vender.

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              2 comments  ·  Users and Roles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hi Yoshihiro – we’re actually working on improving the RBAC experience in IoT Central. We’ll post more updates as we get closer to finalizing the experience. Stay tuned. Thanks again for the feedback.

              Thanks,
              Luis on behalf of the Azure IoT Central team

            • CRUD IoT Devices via Interface (API)

              I want to be able to create, read, update or delete IoT devices via an interface. Maybe the access to the integrated IoT hub is sufficient for these functions.

              The idea is to provide an interface through which I can programmatically create or update device templates and the corresponding devices. The reason for this scenario is that I want to generate the device template for certain device types, so I don't have to manually create all monitored elements via the web interface anymore. This is an enormous effort for an IoT device that has a large number of elements to…

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                under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Device Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Chart for measurements is misleading, should use only the selected decimals

                See the attached chart. The voltage fluctuated a little, and it is great that the chart can provide so much detail. but if the selection was only 2 decimals, then the expected chart is a flat line.

                4.18Volts

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                  0 comments  ·  Rules  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Hi Uri,

                  Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback. I can see how this could be misleading, we’ll take a look to see how we can address this. We’ll post updates here as we determine next steps.

                  Thanks,
                  Luis on behalf of the Azure IoT Central team

                • Allow to send C2D messages from function and UI

                  Currently there is no clear way of sending a C2D message(direct method or messages) to the devices configured through the IoT-central

                  The users should be able to send a C2D to a particular device, once a workflow process is complete after a Function is triggered from an Alert on IoT-central.

                  3 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Device Connectivity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Please add telemetry function

                    What I'd like to do is display the data in the storage of IoT Central by displaying the defaults other than the maximum, minimum, average, and count.

                    For example, it is difficult to deal with situations where two data are added when one of the two data is an integer value and the other is a decimal value.

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                      1 comment  ·  Rules  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Trigger event based on offline devices

                      So what would be great is if there was some way to detect when devices haven't "reported in" within a specific time span to be alerted to offline devices. I haven't found a way to do it but I may be missing something.

                      4 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Rules  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Dashboard with multiple devices, group by "tag or property"

                        Nice if I was able to group different devices (models) in a single view.
                        For example:
                        By store, I have 3 refrigerators, one coffee machine, and one couponing station

                        3 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Rules  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hi Uri,

                          Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback. We’ll consider this as we plan our future investments. We’ll post updates here as we learn more.

                          Thanks,
                          Luis on behalf of the Azure IoT Central team

                        • Please provide future road map for CRM integration. A direct connectivity with CRM is essential.

                          Please provide future road map for CRM integration. A direct connectivity with CRM is essential.

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                            0 comments  ·  Integration and Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support measurements, events and states to formulate a device set conditions

                            The current implementation only supports adding properties to the conditions for Device-Sets.
                            We recommend to Support
                            Last Known Values, Event, and State in the query predicate.

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                              1 comment  ·  Device Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hi Uri,

                              Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback. We’ll take this into consideration as we plan feature roadmaps. We’ll post updates here as we determine next steps.

                              Thanks,
                              Luis on behalf of the Azure IoT Central team

                            • Save measurements selection for future navigation

                              If I leave the "Measurements" view and return, I lost the selected fields and settings. It reverts to the first 4 elements in the payload always in average.

                              It is clear this view is fluid and dynamic, but nice if it was able to remember where I left it.

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                                0 comments  ·  Rules  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Hi Uri,

                                Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback. I understand that the lack of state can be frustrating. We’re actively working to enhance this experience, so stay tuned for updates.

                                Thanks,
                                Luis on behalf of the Azure IoT Central team

                              • OTA firmware update

                                As an Admin,
                                I need to set up a blob to upload all my firmware and browse available versions (filter grid by date, description and version numbers)
                                I need to run some query to identify all the devices that are "out-of-version" using the Version property.

                                I need to start a Job to command all the devices in the query to UpdateFirmware to a particular version:
                                The command has 3 parameters:
                                1) File Path
                                2) SAS readonly token (expires in 8 hours)
                                3) MD5 (or another cyclical signature)

                                The firmware will be intelligent enough to understand the UpdateFirmware command and download…

                                2 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Device Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Show last known value for lists of devices on the dashboard

                                  We'd like the main dashboard to have the ability to show a list of last known values for all our devices (of a particular device type is fine). Adding individual last known value widgets, one by one, is not practical as it's not data driven and you will soon run out of screen real estate once you're past about 20 devices.

                                  We thought the 'device set grid' would do this for us but bizarrely it only shows things that don't change often for us like settings and properties.

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                                  • Option to import historical data from other IoT soltuion

                                    It would be a nice feature if it was possible to import historical data. For example right now I store the telemetry data in Azure tables for my devices. If I switched to IoT central my data would be stored in two places, which means I cannot completely decommission my old solution.

                                    Regards,
                                    Norbert

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                                      0 comments  ·  Integration and Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback, Norbert. Your use case is certainly valid, and we’d like to learn more about it. Can you help us understand a bit better by answer the following questions?
                                      - How much data do you have?
                                      - How many devices?
                                      - How long back does the data go?
                                      - Would you want to import the data and have it live in IoT Central, or reference the external data within IoT Central?

                                      Feel free to email us your response or feedback to iotcfeedback@microsoft.com

                                      Thanks,
                                      Luis on behalf of the Azure IoT Central team

                                    • Continuous Data Export with a Routing query

                                      Now, the IoT Central using a routing query string only for true/false (On/Off).

                                      It will be nice to have the same feature as we have for IoT Hub for routing messages to the custom endpoints such as a filtering on telemetry data, non-telemetry data and properties.

                                      Thanks

                                      Roman

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                                        1 comment  ·  Integration and Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support for pushing complete data to webhook when condition met in Rule

                                        I want to get complete data when condition is met,

                                        For example,

                                        In below data, if type is equal to "Unknown", i want to push whole json data,
                                        {
                                        "timestamp": " 2017-04-28T08:16:14Z",
                                        "type": "Unknown",
                                        "mac": "EF3101000034",
                                        "bleName": "ABC",
                                        "rssi": -76,
                                        "rawData": "3A4E24FB1AFCFC6EB07647825FDA50693A4E24FB1AFCFC6EB07647825"
                                        }

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                                          0 comments  ·  Rules  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          JSON objects are not currently supported as device measurement payload in IoT Central and hence rules cannot be created to evaluate specific values inside the object.

                                          Regarding your specific request around pushing complete data to webhook, we are looking into sending all the values sent by the device with in the same message. For e.g., if a device sends Temperature and Humidity readings with in the same message payload but the rule has been created only to monitor temperature that we will output both Temperature and Humidity as part of the rule output.

                                          Will this meet you needs?

                                          Thanks
                                          Ankit

                                        • Support for String compare in Rules

                                          Need string comparison in rules(may be in telemetry units also).

                                          Usecase:
                                          In below data, i want to trigger a call to webhook call when type is equal to "unknown"
                                          {
                                          "timestamp": " 2017-04-28T08:16:14Z",
                                          "type": "Unknown",
                                          "mac": "EF3101000034",
                                          "bleName": "ABC",
                                          "rssi": -76,
                                          "rawData": "3A4E24FB1AFCFC6EB07647825FDA50693A4E24FB1AFCFC6EB07647825"
                                          }

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                                            0 comments  ·  Rules  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Telemetry data type is a number and hence string operators don’t apply to it. The operators are determined based on the data type of the measurement selected in the Rule’s condition.

                                            I’m not clear how you have modeled your payload in IoT Central. Can you clarify how “type” is being sent to IoT Central and which measurement type (Telemetry, Event or State) does it map to?

                                            Thanks
                                            Ankit

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