Data Source (file)

icon-datasource Data Sources automatically acquire or receive timeseries data using a variety of different transport options. Connect to a data logger or collect data from files. Data Sources can be created inside Locations only.

The type of Data Source (data logger or file) is selected at time of creation and cannot be changed. This section is specific to file Data Sources.

Note supports the acquisition and storage of up to 20000 records per Data Source per day. Exceeding this limit will trigger an Overload Alarm on the Source. Refer to Historic Data Limits for more information.


icon-properties Configure properties via the Workspaces Tree context menu or List View properties icon. Requires configure permission.


The general section allows you to specify the type file(s) you would like to collect.


Source Enabled
Uncheck the Source Enabled checkbox to stop collection and prevent alarms and notifications from triggering.
File type

Select the type of file(s) you would like to collect. The file type must be selected during datasource creation and can not be changed.

Delimited Text

Data is stored as rows of values separated with a specific delimiter character.

JSON Time Series

Data is stored in the JSON Time Series format. Note: JTS files to be acquired must contain a columns header that specifies name and dataType of each column included in the data.
Write mode

Select how acquired data will be written:

Merge and overwrite will insert the acquired data into the existing historic data and overwrite the existing values when timestamps match.

Merge and preserve will merge the acquired data into the existing historic data and will not overwrite existing values when timestamps match.

Replace existing will remove all existing historic data within the range of data being acquired.


Configure how you would like to connect to your file(s).


Transport type
Select the transport used to acquire files:


Select this option when data will arrive exclusively via the HTTP API or manually imported.

Download from FTP site

Connect to an external FTP Server to acquire data files. Note: FTP is supported in passive mode only.

FTP host
Host name or IP address of the FTP Server.
TCP Port to use for connection to the FTP Server. Default Port 21 for standard FTP/FTPS or 990 for FTP with Implicit SSL.
FTP Secure connection options. Use FTP for standard connection or choose an available FTPS mode. Consult your network administrator to verify the settings required for connection to your FTP Server.
Remote path
Specifiy the base remote path on the FTP Server that you have accesss to. You can retrieve files from sub-directories within this path.
Specifiy the name of the user account for the system to use when connecting to the FTP Server. Enter anonymous if no user account is required.
Password for the associated user account (or leave blank for none).

Download via HTTP

No configuration required.

The File URL (when adding file) must start with http:// or https://. Optionally specify the login username and password as part of the URL if HTTP Basic authentication is required. eg.

Special tags can be inserted in the URL which will be replaced with dynamic values prior to acquisition. The tags are surrounded by double curly brackets. We currently support the following tags:

Current time of the Data Source (most recent data timestamp).
Relative time

An example URL with special tags to request data from last collection to now{{STR(Source.currentTime,'YYYY.MM.DD')}}&end={{STR(TIME('NOW'),'YYYY.MM.DD')}}

Outputs a URL similar to

Upload via HTTP

HTTP data can be submitted to the auto-generated URL in three forms:

URL parameters


CSV body


2019-05-07 00:00:00,23.5,457.9

JSON body

Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8

    "Param1": 23.5,
    "Param2": 457.9

Email to

Email data using the auto-generated email address exactly as shown.

Sender address filter
For added security you can filter by sender email address. Restrict to a specific email address or to a specific domain. eg. or Leave blank for no restriction.

Note: The maximum accepted size per email (including all data files) is 25MB.

Send SMS text message

Send a text message to one of our incoming SMS phone numbers:

+61 488 811 086
United States:
+1 408 400 3928
Custom phone numbers:
Please contact us to arrange a custom incoming SMS number to be exclusivly associated with your account. This will allow you to choose your own Source Id.

Text messages must be exactly 2 lines. They should contain the Source Id on the first line, and a data value (or multiple delimited values) on the second line.

If you are sending messages to one of the numbers listed above, a Source Id will be randomly generated. If you have arranged for a number to be associated with your account, you can choose your own Source Id, which must be unique within your account.

In this example, the randomly generated Source Id is “red-green-blue” and the data value on the next line is “3.1416”:


In the next example, the randomly generated Source Id is “foo-bar-cheese”, and there are 3 comma-delimited data values on the next line:


Publish to

Publish data with MQTT using the following settings:

Broker address
Broker port
Use port 1883 for standard connection or port 8883 for SSL.
Use the auto-generated topic exactly as shown. eg. io/eagle/source/fruit-honey-jacket

Read from Amazon S3

Connect to an Amazon S3 bucket to acquire data files.

Unique S3 bucket name. eg.
Access key Id
User access key Id (generated from AWS Console).
Secret token associated with access key.

Note: Matching files will be removed from S3 after acquire.

Read from Dropbox

Dropbox is used to connect to a Dropbox account. An folder will be created in your Dropbox Apps directory where you can place files for collection.


When changing the account, a popup window will be displayed which allows you to login to Dropbox and authorise access as shown above.

Upload to

FTP your files to using the auto-generated user name exactly as shown. Password is optional. Use Tcp port 21 for standard Ftp and Tcp port 990 for Implicit SSL.

Note: Only one concurrent ftp connection is allowed per Source. The maximum accepted size per file is 100MB.

Upload to

SFTP your files to using the auto-generated user name exactly as shown. Password is optional. Use Tcp port 22.

Note: Only one concurrent sftp connection is allowed per Source. The maximum accepted size per file is 100MB.

Read mode

Select how data should be read from the file:

Read all records will read in the entire file on each acquisition.

Read new records will only read new data added to the file since last acquisition.

Optionally delete files after acquire (not supported on all transports).

Retry attempts
Select how many retry attempts are made during an acquisition or scheduled collection before the communications is considered failed.
Retry delay
Select the delay between retry attempts. The retry attempts multiplied by the retry delay should not exceed the collection interval.
Communications Alarm
See Alarms and Notifications.


Collection is used to specify if and when data should be automatically collected from the Source.


Enable the schedule for automatic data collection.
Collection interval
Select the frequency of the collection.
Interval offset
Offset the collection interval to prevent collection occuring on the interval. eg. 1 hour collection interval will occur at 9am, 10am, etc. Set an interval offset of 5 minutes and the collection times will be 9:05am, 10:05am, etc.
Outdated Alarm
See Alarms and Notifications.
Overload Alarm
See Alarms and Notifications.


The Series section allows you to assign Series from the Source to New or Existing Parameters.


Add Files
Add new files to be acquired by the Source (10 files maximum). A list of files will be displayed which are available using the current connection options. Select the new files to be added. You will need to setup the parser configuration for each file added.
Location Coordinates
The Source can optionally provide Location Coordinates from a coordinate series or a pair of numeric series (lat/lng). You need to configure the Location and select this Source to be used for its coordinates. Select the file and series to use from the drop down list.
Modify file match
icon-file-search Modify the file configuration and matching criteria and select a sample file to use for configuring series. Some transport types such as Email or FTP/SFTP Server require you to upload a local sample file or alternatively Skip or Reset sample file and retrieve on next acquistion. The file name match should uniquely match the name of uploaded file(s). For example use .csv to match all files with a csv extension (case-insensitive). Enable the Match using regular expression option for advanced matching.
Configure series
icon-table Setup or Update the parser configuration for the selected file. See Text Parser Configuration for full details. If a sample data file has not been uploaded or acquired the Configure series menu item will be disabled.
Set acquire time
icon-calendar Set or reset the collection pointer for the corresponding table to re-collect its data from the specified date using the Write mode option selected in the General tab.
Remove file
icon-remove Select this option from the drop down table menu to remove this file from the Source. All parameters associated with the series from the file will be disabled.
Parameter Assignment

You must assign Series to New or Existing parameters and set the Series for collection by ensuring its checkbox is enabled. Any Parameters assigned to Series will be disabled when the Series is unchecked for collection.

Parameters can be re-assigned to new Series at any time without loosing existing historic data.

The series icon indicates the type of parameter that will be created. Rename and Delete operations should be performed from the Workspaces Tree.


Use the Delete button to permanently remove all historic data for Parameters contained with the Source. Alternatively use the Parameter Historic section to delete historic data for individual Parameters.



Time allows you to configure the timezone of the Source and associated options.


Select the timezone the Source uses for storing historic data. Choose (GMT+00:00) UTC if data timestamps are in UTC.
Ignore Daylight Savings Time
Check this option if the Source does not offset the data timestamps to account for DST.


The Security section displays a list of all users and groups that have access to the Node. Users with security permission can restrict user and group access to the node and its descendants by assign the No Access role.

New users and groups must be added via the Workspace Security section.

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The Account Owner, Administrators or Workspace users/groups that have been assigned a Workspace role with the configure permission can not be assigned the No Access role.

Text Parser Configuration

The Text Parser allows you to define how a delimited text file should be processed by the system including defining series to be assigned to Parameters. All scheduled collection and user acquisition requests will use the saved parser configuration to process any new data that has been appended to the file since last collection.


General Settings

General settings are used to specify file format and encoding options.


Column delimiter
Specify the delimiter used to separate values in each line of the file. Select a delimiter from the drop down or enter a custom character to use.
Select the record format of the file. Column series should be used when each column in the file represents a single series or sensor. Row series should be used when each row (line) in the file represents a single series or sensor.
Labels row
If your file contains a labels header row you can specify the corresponding line number or click the row number in the Parser Preview. The corresponding row will be highlighted and the column values will be used as the column labels. Labels are shown for convenience, but you can assign any valid names to the parameters during or after creation.
Units row
If your file contains a units header row (and your using Column series format) you can specify the corresponding line number or right-click the row number in the Parser Preview. The corresponding row will be highlighted and the associated column values will be used as the default units. You can change the units during or after parameter creation.
Text qualifier
Specify the character used to surround text values. This character will be automatically stripped if it exists in a column. Select a qualifier from the drop down or enter a custom character to use.
Text encoding
The encoding format of the text file. If you notice special characters displayed incorrectly in the Parser Preview, you may need to change this setting.
Smart match will intelligently extract any values from the field that matches the column data type. Strict will only extract a value from the field if the entire field contents matches the column data type.
Reset to defaults
Resets parser configuration and joins to system defaults.

File Contents

The Parser extracts a sample from the beginning of the input text file and attempts to split the file into columns based on the current Column delimiter and Format.

Column Series Format

This format should be used when each column represents a single series or sensor. Every row is considered a record and must contain a timestamp.

Input Text File


Parser Preview


Row Series Format

This format should be used when each row (line in file) represents a single series or sensor. Every row must contain a timestamp, unique identifier for the sensor (Series ID) and a value. The parser preview will only display rows with unique Series ID’s. The sample input file may not contain all the possible Series ID’s, so you can click the Add new series button and enter additional Series ID’s as required. Ensure the correct data type is set for all series.

Input Text File


Parser Preview


Columns and Data Type Selection

In Column Series format, columns are assigned a series data type which determines how they should be processed and the type of Parameter that will be available for creation.


In Row Series format, columns are assigned as Record Time, Series ID, Value or Disabled. The column that is assigned as the Value column has individual data types assigned per row.


Use the data type drop down menu in the column/row to select a data type from the available options. Individual cells that do not match the selected series data type are displayed in RED. Hover over a cell in the Parser Preview to display a tooltip (where valid) showing how the raw data will be interpreted by the parser.

Series Data Types

Interpret data as numeric. Can be created as a Number Parameter and suitable for both analog and digital data.
Interpret data as Boolean only. Can be created as a special Number Parameter with predefined states and accepts boolean data as text (TRUE or FALSE) or numberic (0 or 1).
Interpret data as Text. Create a Text Parameter from the column.
Interpret data as Time. You need to specify the time format using the Joins and Parser Configuration section. You can create a Time Parameter from the column.
The column will be GREY in the Parser Preview and will not be available for Parameter creation. Setting an unused column to Disabled is optional. It has been added for convenience when working with files with lots of columns.
Record Time
The column to use as the Record Time (timestamp for the line values). There must always be exactly one Record Time column defined. You need to specify the time format using the Joins and Parser Configuration section.
Interpret column data as Coordinates (Latitude and Longitude). You can only specify one Coordinates column per file (but you can join data from other columns). Use the Joins and Parser Configuration section to specify the Latitude and Longitude fields. If Coordinates (latitude and longitude) are split over multiple columns, you can also just set the data type of the columns as Number and select the individual columns when configuring the Location Coordinates for the Source.

Joins and Parser Configuration

icon-properties The Joins and Parser Configuration section (available from the properties icon at the top of each column or in each row of the Value column for Row Series format) is used to customize the parser for individual columns/series including joins, formatting and specifying quality.

Data values in input files are commonly split into separate fields and therefore will be shown as different columns in the Parser Preview. It is necessary to ensure each column you would like to use for Parameter creation has all joins/fields defined.


You can join additional columns via the Add join button. Select the column to join from the Joins drop down and the Field to be assigned. Columns are joined in the order they are displayed (top to bottom) and the result is shown in the Parser Preview.

Re-order any join/field by hovering over the item with a mouse to reveal the grab handle. Click and drag the grab handle to reposition the item in the list.


You may need to split or exclude data within a single column. Add a Separator field and exclude specific text (as specified in the Separator format field).


When using Row Series format, column joins and data type for the Value column must be configured per series. Use the dropdown data type selector and properties toggle button for each series/row.


Quality codes can be associated with each column, either by splitting the column or joining an additional column containing the quality codes.

All columns can be re-used as joins on other columns. For example you can have multiple parameter columns that all share the same quality code value by adding the quality code column as a join on each parameter column.


You can optionally specify a format and format filter to include or exclude the field or the entire record based on the data matching the specified format. In the example below all records will be excluded where the data in Column 6 (Quality) equals 50.


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