Fundamentals of analytic outputs

In ArcGIS Analytics for IoT, both real-time and big data analytics process or analyze records. The results from these analytics can be handled in a variety of ways by disseminating data to one or more outputs.

An output is a required component within an analytic. Outputs can perform different actions including storing features, sending features to a stream layer, issuing an alert or notification, or even actuating IoT device behavior through a cloud provider IoT hub.

Choosing an output format

When writing to certain output types, you can choose the desired format for output features. Options may include delimited text, JSON, shapefile, or parquet. Below is a list of the different output types that allow you to choose the desired format for output features:

Differences between real-time and big data outputs

Real-time analytics emit each message to an output individually, as it is processed. This is because real-time analytics perform processing on each individual message as it is received. Consider for example, a Feature Layer output configured in a real-time analytic. Each time an event is ingested, processed, and sent to the output, a new feature is either added or used to update an existing feature in the feature layer.

Big data analytics emit messages to analytic output(s) once processing for the entire analytic is complete. This is because big data analytics perform batch analysis and processing on stored data. Consider for example, a Feature Layer output configured in a big data analytic. Once processing is complete, generally all records are added or used to update existing features in the feature layer at once.

Implications of output rate and quantity

When emitting data from an analytic, it is important to consider the quantity and rate of data being sent to an output. Some output types are better suited to high velocity and high volumes of features than others based on their inherent function.

For example, a feed which is ingesting events at an average rate of 100 events per second and used in a real-time analytic to send Email alerts might emit 100 emails every second. This could overload the capacity of your specified email server. The recommended practice is to use the Email output for incidents that are expected to occur infrequently.