Tutorial: Set up an Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment

This tutorial guides you through the process of creating an Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 pay-as-you-go (PAYG) environment.

In this tutorial, you learn how to:

  • Create an Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment.
  • Connect the Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment to an IoT Hub.
  • Run a solution accelerator sample to stream data into the Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment.
  • Perform basic analysis on the data.
  • Define a Time Series Model type and hierarchy, and associate it with your instances.

Tip

IoT solution accelerators provide enterprise-grade preconfigured solutions that you can use to accelerate the development of custom IoT solutions.

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Prerequisites

Create a device simulation

In this section, you will create three simulated devices that send data to an Azure IoT Hub instance.

  1. Go to the Azure IoT solution accelerators page. The page displays several prebuilt examples. Sign in by using your Azure account. Then, select Device Simulation.

    Azure IoT solution accelerators page.

  2. Enter the subscription where you want to create the device simulation.

    Parameter Description
    Deployment name This unique value is used to create a new resource group. The listed Azure resources are created and assigned to the resource group.
    Azure subscription Specify the same subscription that was used to create your Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment in the previous section.
    Deployment options Select Provision new IoT Hub to create a new IoT hub specific to this tutorial.
    Azure location Specify the same region that was used to create your Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment in the previous section.

    When you're finished, select Create to provision the solution's Azure resources. It may take up to 20 minutes to complete this process.

    Provision the device simulation solution.

  3. After provisioning has finished, two notifications will appear announcing that the deployment state has moved from Provisioning to Ready.

    Important

    Don't enter your solution accelerator yet! Keep this web page open because you'll return to it later.

    Device simulation solution provisionings complete.

  4. Now, inspect the newly created resources in the Azure portal. On the Resource groups page, notice that a new resource group was created by using the Solution name provided in the last step. Make note of the resources that were created for the device simulation.

    Device simulation resources.

Create an Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment

This section describes how to create an Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment and connect it to the IoT hub created by the IoT Solution Accelerator using the Azure portal.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal by using your Azure subscription account.

  2. Select + Create a resource in the upper left.

  3. Select the Internet of Things category, and then select Time Series Insights.

    Select the Time Series Insights environment resource.

  4. In the Create Time Series Insights environment pane, on the Basics tab, set the following parameters:

    Parameter Action
    Environment name Enter a unique name for the Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment.
    Subscription Enter the subscription where you want to create the Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment. A best practice is to use the same subscription as the rest of the IoT resources that are created by the device simulator.
    Resource group Select an existing resource group or create a new resource group for the Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment resource. A resource group is a container for Azure resources. A best practice is to use the same resource group as the other IoT resources that are created by the device simulator.
    Location Select a data center region for your Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment. To avoid additional latency, it's best to create your Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment in the same region as your IoT hub created by the device simulator.
    Tier Select Gen2(L1). This is the SKU for the Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 product.
    Time Series ID property name Enter a name of a property that contains values that uniquely identify your time series instances. The value you enter in the Property name box as Time Series ID cannot be changed later. For this tutorial, enter iothub-connection-device-id. To learn more about Time Series ID including composite Time Series ID, read Best practices for choosing a Time Series ID.
    Storage account name Enter a globally unique name for a new storage account.
    Storage account kind Select the storage kind for a new storage account. We recommend StorageV2
    Storage account replication Select the storage kind for a new storage account. Based on your location selection, you can choose from LRS, GRS and ZRS. For this tutorial, you can select LRS
    Hierarchical namespace This option is selectable, once you select the storage kind to be StorageV2. By default, it is disabled. For this tutorial, you can leave it in its default disabled state
    Enable warm store Select Yes to enable warm store. This setting can be disabled and re-enabled after the environment has been created as well.
    Data retention (in days) Choose the default option of 7 days.

    New Time Series Insights environment configuration.

  5. Select Next: Event Source.

    Configure Time Series ID for the environment.

  6. On the Event Source tab, set the following parameters:

    Parameter Action
    Create an event source? Select Yes.
    Name Enter a unique value for the event source name.
    Source type Select IoT Hub.
    Select a hub Choose Select existing.
    Subscription Select the subscription that you used for the device simulator.
    IoT Hub name Select the IoT hub name you created for the device simulator.
    IoT Hub access policy Select iothubowner.
    IoT Hub consumer group Select New, enter a unique name, and then select + Add. The consumer group must be a unique value in Azure Time Series Insights Gen2.
    Timestamp property This value is used to identify the Timestamp property in your incoming telemetry data. For this tutorial, leave this box empty. This simulator uses the incoming timestamp from IoT Hub, which Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 defaults to.
  7. Select Review + Create.

    Configure the created IoT hub as an event source.

  8. Select Create.

    Review + Create page, with Create button.

    You can review the status of your deployment:

    Notification that deployment is complete.

  9. You have access to your Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment by default if you are an owner of the Azure subscription. Verify that you have access:

    1. Search for your resource group, and then select your newly created Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment.

      Select and view your environment.

    2. On the Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 page, select Data Access Policies:

      Verify data access policies.

    3. Verify that your credentials are listed:

      If your credentials aren't listed, you must grant yourself permission to access the environment by selecting Add and searching for your credentials. To learn more about setting permissions, read Grant data access.

Stream data

Now that you've deployed your Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment, begin streaming data for analysis.

  1. Go back to your Solution accelerators dashboard. Sign in again, if necessary, by using the same Azure account you've been using in this tutorial. Select your "Device Solution" and then Go to your solution accelerator to launch your deployed solution.

    Solution accelerators dashboard.

  2. The device simulation web app begins by prompting you to grant the web application the Sign you in and read your profile permission. This permission allows the application to retrieve the user profile information necessary to support the functioning of the application.

    Device simulation web application consent.

  3. Select + New simulation.

    1. After the Simulation setup page loads, enter the required parameters.

      Parameter Action
      Name Enter a unique name for a simulator.
      Description Enter a definition.
      Simulation duration Set to Run indefinitely.
      Device model Click + Add a device type
      Name: Enter Elevator.
      Amount: Enter 3.
      Leave the remaining default values
      Target IoT Hub Set to Use pre-provisioned IoT Hub.

      Configure parameters and launch.

    2. Select Start simulation. In the device simulation dashboard, Active devices and Total messages are displayed.

      Azure IoT simulation dashboard.

Analyze data

In this section, you perform basic analytics on your time series data by using the Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 Explorer.

  1. Go to your Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 Explorer by selecting the URL from the resource page in the Azure portal.

    The Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 Explorer URL.

  2. In the Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 Explorer, a bar spanning the top of the screen will appear. This is your availability picker. Ensure that you have at least two 2 m selected, and if needed, expand the time frame by selecting and dragging the picker handles to the left and right.

  3. Time Series Instances will be displayed on the left-hand side.

    List of unparented instances.

  4. Select the first-time series instance. Then, select Show temperature.

    Selected time series instance with menu command to show average temperature.

    A time series chart appears. Change the Interval to 30s.

  5. Repeat the previous step with the other two time series instances so that you're viewing all three, as shown in this chart:

    Chart for all time series.

  6. Select the time span picker in the upper right corner. Here you can select specific start and end times down to the millisecond, or choose from pre-configured options such as Last 30 minutes. You can also change the default time zone.

    Set the time range to the last 30 minute.

    The solution accelerator's progress over the Last 30 minutes is now displayed in the Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 Explorer.

Define and apply a model

In this section, you apply a model to structure your data. To complete the model, you define types, hierarchies, and instances. To learn more about data modeling, read Time Series Model.

  1. In the Explorer, select the Model tab:

    View the Model tab in the Explorer.

    In the Types tab, select + Add.

  2. Enter the following parameters:

    Parameter Action
    Name Enter Elevator
    Description Enter This is a type definition for Elevator
  3. Next, select the Variables tab.

    1. Select + Add Variable and fill in the following values for the first variable of the Elevator type. You will author three variables in total.

      Parameter Action
      Name Enter Avg Temperature.
      Kind Select Numeric
      Value Select from preset: Select temperature (Double).
      Note: It might take a few minutes for Value to be automatically populated after Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 starts receiving events.
      Aggregation Operation Expand Advanced Options.
      Select AVG.
    2. Select Apply. Then, + Add Variable again, and set the following values:

      Parameter Action
      Name Enter Avg Vibration.
      Kind Select Numeric
      Value Select from preset: Select vibration (Double).
      Note: It might take a few minutes for Value to be automatically populated after Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 starts receiving events.
      Aggregation Operation Expand Advanced Options.
      Select AVG.
    3. Select Apply. Then, + Add Variable again, and set the following values for the third and final variable:

      Parameter Action
      Name Enter Floor.
      Kind Select Categorical
      Value Select from preset: Select Floor (Double).
      Note: It might take a few minutes for Value to be automatically populated after Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 starts receiving events.
      Categories Label - Values
      Lower: 1,2,3,4
      Middle: 5,6,7,8,9
      Upper: 10,11,12,13,14,15
      Default Category Enter Unknown

      Add type variables.

    4. Select Apply.

    5. Select Save. Three variables are created and displayed.

      After adding the type, review it in the Model view.

  4. Select the Hierarchies tab. Then, select + Add.

    1. In the Edit Hierarchy pane, set the following parameters:

      Parameter Action
      Name Enter Location Hierarchy.
      Levels Enter Country as the name of the first level
      Select + Add Level
      Enter City for the second level, then select + Add Level
      Enter Building as the name of the third and final level
    2. Select Save.

      Display your new hierarchy in the Model view.

  5. Navigate to Instances.

    1. Under Actions on the far right, and select the pencil icon to edit the first instance with the following values:

      Parameter Action
      Type Select Elevator.
      Name Enter Elevator 1
      Description Enter Instance for Elevator 1
    2. Navigate to Instance Fields and enter the following values:

      Parameter Action
      Hierarchies Select Location Hierarchy
      Country Enter USA
      City Enter Seattle
      Building Enter Space Needle
    3. Select Save.

  6. Repeat the previous step with the other two instances while using the following values:

    For Elevator 2:

    Parameter Action
    Type Select Elevator.
    Name Enter Elevator 2
    Description Enter Instance for Elevator 2
    Hierarchies Select Location Hierarchy
    Country Enter USA
    City Enter Seattle
    Building Enter Pacific Science Center

    For Elevator 3:

    Parameter Action
    Type Select Elevator.
    Name Enter Elevator 3
    Description Enter Instance for Elevator 3
    Hierarchies Select Location Hierarchy
    Country Enter USA
    City Enter New York
    Building Enter Empire State Building

    View the updated instances.

  7. Navigate back to the Analyze tab to view the charting pane. Under Location Hierarchy, expand all hierarchy levels to display the time series instances:

    View all hierarchies in chart view.

  8. Under Pacific Science Center, select the Time Series Instance Elevator 2, and then select Show Average Temperature.

  9. For the same instance, Elevator 2, select Show Floor.

    With your categorical variable, you can determine how much time the elevator spent on the upper, lower, and middle floors.

    Visualize Elevator 2 with hierarchy and data.

Clean up resources

Now that you've completed the tutorial, clean up the resources you created:

  1. From the left menu in the Azure portal, select All resources, locate your Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 resource group.
  2. Either delete the entire resource group (and all resources contained within it) by selecting Delete or remove each resource individually.

Next steps

In this tutorial, you learned how to:

  • Create and use a device simulation accelerator.
  • Create an Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 PAYG environment.
  • Connect the Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment to an iot hub.
  • Run a solution accelerator sample to stream data to the Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment.
  • Perform a basic analysis of the data.
  • Define a Time Series Model type and hierarchy, and associate them with your instances.

Now that you know how to create your own Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 environment, learn more about the key concepts in Azure Time Series Insights Gen2.

Read about Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 ingestion:

Read about Azure Time Series Insights Gen2 storage:

Learn more about Time Series Models:

Learn more about connecting your environment to Power BI: