A connection is simply a connection to your data source. It aggregates the data from all associated devices and sensors and sends the information to the sensemetrics platform. Common connections are sensemetrics Threads or GeoMoS/Spider Databases.
A device is an entity that is physically plugged into the Thread and used to configure sensors. The device can then read the array of associated sensors and their data.
A sensor will physically collect the data from the field, but they also represent the data in sensemetrics. Select a sensor in any of the data analytic tabs to view data on a graph or in a table.
The first step to visualizing data on the sensemetrics platform is to add a connection to a project, then attach subsequent devices and sensors.
Note: The ability to add/modify a connection, device, or sensor is dependent upon the project role.
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Once a connection has been added to a project, it will populate in the left-hand side column of the Connectivity Module. No device or sensor will be able to connect without first establishing a connection that will transmit the data to the sensemetrics platform.
After adding a device to a Thread, it will populate on the right-hand side the column of the Connectivity Module under 'Devices & Sensors'. Each Device will be associated back to a single connection.
After adding a sensor to an existing device, it will populate on the right-hand side the column of the Connectivity Module under 'Devices & Sensors'. Each Sensor will be associated back to a parent device and connection, which will transmit the collected data to the sensemetrics platform.
Connections represent the highest level of the sensemetrics hierarchy, as they house devices and sensors. Connections aggregate the data from all associated sensors and send it to the sensemetrics platform. However, a device may act as an intermediary between a connection and a sensor. It reads a variety of metrics and calculations, which each need its own representation.
Even though sensors collect the data, they fall to the bottom beneath connections and devices. This is because a sensor will not be able to connect without first adding a connection and device that will transmit the data to the sensemetrics platform.