Azure IoT Central

Microsoft IoT Central is a fully managed IoT SaaS (software-as-a-service) solution that makes it easy to connect, monitor and manage your IoT assets at scale, so you can create deep insights from your IoT data and take informed action. Microsoft IoT Central dramatically lowers the barriers of entry for companies looking to revolutionize their business with IoT.

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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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  2. 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…

    27 votes
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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

  3. 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
    },
    }
    ],

    25 votes
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    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

  4. 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…

    24 votes
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  5. Mobile apps for Azure IoT Central

    I want to view/operate our devices by our phone.

    21 votes
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  6. 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.

    16 votes
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  7. 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.

    15 votes
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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

  8. Save Analytics

    Be able to save configuration for Analytics search.
    It is very tedious every time we want to look for certain devices we have to complete Device Set, Filter and Time Period. If you can name and save these you will be able to get these results at a click of a button (and hopefully add them to your dashboards). At the moment we have to go through this process of completing the search many time a day which is wasting a lot of time.

    14 votes
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  9. Import and export templates

    Hello,

    Could we have the feature to import/export device templates

    For example: save template as json/yml -> go to different app import from json/yml file

    Or alternatively have the ability to link to a repository where templates can be edited and released onto the application.

    Many thanks

    Samuel

    14 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Application Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Sam -

    Thanks for taking the time to submit feedback. I understand how frustrating it might be to have to re-create an app template from scratch. We currently support an App Copy feature that enables you to create a replica of an app, except the devices/rules associated with it. We’re also exploring surfacing capabilities to import/export templates, we’ll update here when we have more info to share.

    Cheers,
    Luis on behalf of the Azure IoT Central team

  10. Main dashboard should support device sets and multiple devices

    Currently I can't put a map on the main dashboard with more than one device on it. I would like to have a way to add a map to the main dashboard that show multiple devices based on some kind of rule.

    Example: I want to see a map of devices that report a temperature above 50.

    12 votes
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  11. 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.

    12 votes
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  12. 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.

    11 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for the feedback. We are working on understanding the customer needs for more granular tiles in the dashboards, so your request is very timely. I cannot provide any timelines at this time, but we’ll post an update here once we have a better idea of the improvements we’ll make to the dashboard tiles.

    Thanks
    Ankit

  13. View raw telemetry data sent by the device without any aggregation

    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.

    11 votes
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  14. 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

    11 votes
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  15. 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

    10 votes
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    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

  16. Allow for connection string creation via the web UI

    Right now I need to use another tool - dps-keygen - and provide it with Primary key, Device id and Scope id to generate a device connection string ; it would be great if I could generate and access it without downloading node.js

    7 votes
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  17. 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.

    7 votes
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  18. PowerApps - get device telemetry data via connector

    Would be nice getting telemetry data in PowerApps.
    We already can get device name and some other features via connector like this: "AzureIoTCentral.DevicesGet("---my_application_ID---","---my-device-ID---").name"

    The formula editor offers additional actions but actual data can't be retrieved. E.g. this formula returns with an empty table:
    "AzureIoTCentral.DevicesGet("---my_application_ID---","---my-device-ID---").measurements.telemetry.key"
    If I try adding telemetry field name at the end of formula, I get error message: This identifier not recognized.

    Can you please add this functionality to IoT Central connector?

    6 votes
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  19. 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.

    6 votes
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    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

  20. 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

    5 votes
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    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

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