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October Updates: Dashboards with Data Sources

Prerequisites:

  • You need to have the Dashboard Management User Right 

In this article you will learn how to create and edit Dashboards with the use of data sources

Edit Existing Dashboards

With the update, all of your existing Dashboards will be updated through the use of datasources. This means they will keep functioning as before, but the widgets are now getting their data from data sources instead of directly from a Gateway.

You will only notice a difference when you decide to edit a Dashboard.

  • You’ll notice a new section in the upper right corner of the Edit Dashboard Screen
  •  Please note! If your Dashboard is linked to one or multiple Project Markers, you will not be able to edit the data sources

Create New Dashboards

When creating a new Dashboard, it is important to note that the first step will be adding one or multiple data sources. The data sources will be the basis of every widget on your Dashboard, without them you will not be able to add Widgets.

  • New Original Dashboard
  1. When creating a new Dashboard, without the use of a Template, first: name your new Dashboard.
  2. to select the data source(s) you want your new Dashboard to be based upon
  3. Select your data source types. Learn more about data source types here
  4. You can still add data sources to the Dashboard afterwards, just not once a Project Marker is created for the Dashboard.
  5. Select your Widget Type
  6. You will now notice that you can no longer choose a Gateway + Sensor, but instead you can choose between the data source(s) you have added to this Dashboard
  7. Select a data source & sensor, label that sensor for your Widget
  8. Proceed as you used to do
  • New Dashboard from a Template

You can still opt to use a Template for your Dashboard, so that the new one is created exactly as the Template

  1. Add a Dashboard & name it
  2. Select the toggle to use a Template
  3. Select the Dashboard you want to copy the Widgets from
  4. The data source used on your Template Dashboard will be shown
  5. to select the data source(s) you want the new Dashboard to be based upon
  6. Select your data source types. 
  7. The Template Dashboard data source(s) will now be replaced with the data source(s) you selected for your new Dashboard. Add as many data sources as wanted.
  8. Your new Dashboard is created, and all the Widgets are the same as from your Template, but are automatically based upon your new data source(s)

Please note! When you select a Template Dashboard with multiple data sources, they will be replaced in order as shown in the data sources section:

In this example, all Widgets based upon Template Data Source 1, will be replaced with data from New Data Source 1. You know this because they are both first in the list. The second data source from the template will be replaced by the second added data source in you new Dashboard. And so on.


Editing Dashboards and Project Markers

You might have noticed that your new Dashboard is not showing any data. If that is the case, it is because you have created a Dashboard based on a Device Type without having added a Project Marker.

  1. Navigate to the home page of your Project
  2. Click the plus sign on the right to add a Project Marker & name the Marker
  3. Select the Dashboard you want to link to this Marker
  4. You will see which data sources are linked to this Dashboard
  5. Add a status marker is wanted

You will now see that the data on your Dashboard is showing.


Current Gateway Data

While setting up a Dashboard with Widgets, you can use the ‘Current Gateway Data’ function, to visualize what your Dashboard and Widgets would look like when fed from another data source

  1. Select the data source you want to visually replace in your Widgets
    Doing this, will not actually replace the data source, it will only visualize what a change would look like
  2. Select the data source you want replace the current one with in the Test Gateway Data field
  3. This will also give you a clear view of what your Dashboard would look like once it is connected to a Project Marker
Updated on 7 April 2020

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