Choosing visualization types - AWS IoT SiteWise Monitor

Choosing visualization types

This section describes the available visualization types. To understand your devices, processes, and equipment, you should choose the right type of visualization for each asset property that you add to a dashboard. Each visualization type is covered in detail in this section. Changing the visualization type doesn't change your data, so you can try different visualizations to discover which type helps you and your project's viewers gain insights from the data.

Type Description

Line

Best used for properties with frequently reported values where you want to see the trend over time.

Scatter

Best used for properties with frequently reported values where you want to see the individual data points.

Bar

Best used for properties with infrequently reported values, such as daily metrics, where you want to see the trend over time. You can also use bar charts to compare values between multiple properties.

Status

Best used for properties that have a small number of states, such as high, medium, and low. You can visualize current status as a grid or historical status as a timeline.

KPI

Best used for properties where the latest value is the most important piece of information.

Line

A line graph is a good way to visualize time series data that fluctuates over time. When you drag a time series property to the dashboard, the values for that property are shown as a line graph by default.

The following line chart shows four asset properties.


              A sample line chart showing four properties.

To display a line graph, choose the line graph icon from the visualization type menu.


            The line graph visualization type icon.

Scatter

You can use a scatter chart to visualize time series data with distinct data points. A scatter chart looks like a line graph without lines between data points.

The following scatter chart shows one asset property.


              A sample scatter chart showing four properties.

To display a scatter chart, choose the scatter icon from the visualization type menu.


            The scatter chart visualization type icon.

Bar

A bar chart is another way to visualize time series data. You might use a bar chart when your data values change infrequently, such as daily readings.

The following bar chart shows four asset properties.


              A sample bar chart showing four properties as a time series.

To display a bar graph, choose the bar graph icon from the visualization type menu.


            The bar graph visualization type icon.

Status

A status chart is a good way to visualize data that has a small number of well-defined states. For example, if you have a pressure indicator that can be high, medium, or low, then you could display each state in a different color with a status chart.

You can configure a status chart to show current status as a grid or historical status as a timeline.

Status grid

The following status grid shows the status of four asset properties.


                A sample status grid chart.

To display a status grid chart, choose the status grid icon from the visualization type menu.


              The status grid visualization type icon.

Status timeline

The following status timeline shows the status over time for four asset properties.


                A sample status timeline chart.

To display a status timeline chart, choose the status timeline icon from the visualization type menu.


              The status timeline visualization type icon.

Configuring status charts

To set status colors, configure thresholds with the color and rule for each status. For more information, see Configuring thresholds.


              A sample status chart threshold configuration.

KPI

The KPI visualization provides a compact representation when you need an overview of your asset properties. This overview gives you the most critical insights into the overall performance of your devices, equipment, or processes. You can change the title of each property within the visualization.

The following is a key performance indicator (KPI) visualization that shows four asset properties.


              A sample KPI visualization.

The KPI visualization shows the following information:

  • The latest value for an asset property for the selected time range.

  • The trend for that value compared to a previous value, which is the first data point before the selected time range.

To display a KPI, choose the KPI icon from the visualization type menu.


            The KPI visualization type icon.