Quickstart: Try a cloud-based remote monitoring solution

This quickstart shows you how to deploy the Azure IoT Remote Monitoring solution accelerator to run a cloud-based remote monitoring simulation. After you've deployed the solution accelerator, you use the solution Dashboard page to visualize simulated devices on a map, and the Maintenance page respond to a pressure alert from a simulated chiller device. You can use this solution accelerator as the starting point for your own implementation or as a learning tool.

The initial deployment configures the Remote Monitoring solution accelerator for a company called Contoso. Contoso manages a selection of different device types, such as chillers, deployed in different physical environments. A chiller device sends temperature, humidity, and pressure telemetry to the Remote Monitoring solution accelerator.

To complete this quickstart, you need an active Azure subscription.

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Deploy the solution

When you deploy the solution accelerator to your Azure subscription, you must set some configuration options.

Sign in to azureiotsolutions.com using your Azure account credentials.

Click Try Now on the Remote Monitoring tile.

Choose Remote Monitoring

On the Create Remote Monitoring solution page, select a Basic deployment. If you're deploying the solution accelerator to learn how it works or to run a demonstration, choose the Basic option to minimize costs.

Choose .NET as the language. The Java and .NET implementations have identical features.

Enter a unique Solution name for your Remote Monitoring solution accelerator. For this quickstart, we're calling ours contoso-rm2.

Select the Subscription and Region you want to use to deploy the solution accelerator. Typically, you choose the region closest to you. For this quickstart, we're using Visual Studio Enterprise and West Europe. You must be a global administrator or user in the subscription.

Click Create Solution to begin the deployment. This process takes at least five minutes to run:

Remote Monitoring solution details

Sign in to the solution

When the deployment to your Azure subscription is complete, you see a green checkmark and Ready on the solution tile. You can now sign in to your Remote Monitoring solution accelerator dashboard.

On the Provisioned solutions page, click your new Remote Monitoring solution accelerator:

Choose new solution

You can view information about your Remote Monitoring solution accelerator in the panel that appears. Choose Solution dashboard to view your Remote Monitoring solution accelerator:

Solution panel

Click Accept to accept the permissions request, the Remote Monitoring solution dashboard displays in your browser:

Solution dashboard

View your devices

The solution dashboard shows the following information about Contoso's simulated devices:

  • Device statistics shows summary information about alerts and the total number of devices. In the default deployment, Contoso has 10 simulated devices of different types.

  • Device locations shows where your devices are physically located. The color of the pin shows when there are alerts from the device.

  • Alerts shows details of alerts from your devices.

  • Telemetry shows telemetry from your devices. You can view different telemetry streams by clicking the telemetry types at the top.

  • Analytics shows combined information about the alerts from your devices.

Respond to an alert

As an operator at Contoso, you can monitor your devices from the solution dashboard. The Device statistics panel shows there have been a number of critical alerts, and the Alerts panel shows most of them are coming from a chiller device. For Contoso's chiller devices, an internal pressure over 250 PSI indicates the device isn't working correctly.

Identify the issue

On the Dashboard page, in the Alerts panel, you can see the Chiller pressure too high alert. The chiller has a red pin on the map (you may need to pan and zoom on the map):

Dashboard shows pressure alert and device on map

In the Alerts panel, click ... in the Explore column next to the Chiller pressure too high rule. This action takes you to the Maintenance page where you can view the details of the rule that triggered the alert.

The Chiller pressure too high maintenance page shows details of the rule that triggered the alerts. The page also lists when the alerts occurred and which device triggered them:

Maintenance page shows list of alerts that have triggered

You've now identified the issue that triggered the alert and the associated device. As an operator, the next steps are to acknowledge the alert and fix the issue.

Fix the issue

To indicate to other operators that you're now working on the alert, select it, and change the Alert status to Acknowledged:

Select and acknowledge the alert

The value in the status column changes to Acknowledged.

To act on the chiller, scroll-down to Related information, select the chiller device in the Alerted devices list, and then choose Jobs:

Select the device and schedule an action

In the Jobs panel, choose Run method and then the EmergencyValveRelease method. Add the job name ChillerPressureRelease, and click Apply. These settings create a job that executes immediately.

To view the job status, return to the Maintenance page and view the list of jobs in the Jobs view. You may need to wait a few seconds before you can see the job has run to release the valve pressure on the chiller:

The status of the jobs in the Jobs view

Check the pressure is back to normal

To view the pressure telemetry for the chiller, navigate to the Dashboard page, select Pressure in the telemetry panel, and confirm that the pressure for chiller-02.0 is back to normal:

Pressure back to normal

To close the incident, navigate to the Maintenance page, select the alert, and set the status to Closed:

Select and close the alert

The value in the status column changes to Closed.

Clean up resources

If you plan to move on to the tutorials, leave the Remote Monitoring solution accelerator deployed.

If you no longer need the solution accelerator, delete it from the Provisioned solutions page, by selecting it, and then clicking Delete Solution:

Delete solution

Next steps

In this quickstart, you've deployed the Remote Monitoring solution accelerator and completed a monitoring task using the simulated devices in the default Contoso deployment.

To learn more about the solution accelerator using simulated devices, continue to the following tutorial.