The Explorer is a user-friendly and quick way to view and compare measurements and events of different subjects. This part of our web app provides a powerful and rich ways to examine measurements and events.
The combination of a subject and a metric is called a series (1). A series can also be a aggregated group of subjects and a metric.
The data in the explorer can be filtered by a period (2). Be aware that the graph automatically refreshes as long as the pause button is not active. The arrows next to the pause button give the opportunity to easily jump between periods. The export button (top right corner of the screenshot) allows to export your graph to a dashboard, a PNG or get the data points of the graph as CSV. The back in time (next to export button) gives the option to compare measurements with previous period. You will see a dashed line of the same series which shows historic data of the period right before the selected period to easily compare data.
You can display events by triggers and levels based on the subjects and metrics you’ve selected (3). In this way you can easily investigate data that triggered the events and in-between brackets you see the counted number of events for that specific trigger or level. You will see the events in the graph and in a list underneath the graph (4).
Using the explorer
You can use the Explorer to compare data of different types of sensors and search for valuable patterns to act upon once you how to use this friendly and powerful feature.
Add and show series
Using the explorer starts with adding series. You have to select a metric first and then add subjects one-by-one or use a property to select multiple subjects at once. Next, choose the “no aggregation” or one of the aggregation functions consisting of average, minimum, maximum, sum of values and number of measurements.
When you select multiple subjects you are presented with the opportunity to “Aggregate subjects” or “Show individual lines”. This easy choice is a powerful to aggregate subjects together, for instance to compare your plant’s soil moisture to the average of a larger group. Here is an example:
You can show what events are triggered related to the subject and metrics you selected. Select the trigger and/or levels that you want to be shown as an overlay on top of your chart. In this way you can easily investigate data that triggered the events.
Did you know it is easy to zoom-in on the data?
Here you can see a Blockbaxer refining the time-window by selecting a specific period with the mouse to zoom-in on an event. You can go back by double-clicking on the graph.