ArcGIS Analytics for IoT can ingest IoT observation data expressed in delimited format from a variety of feeds and sources. Delimited data is a common format that separates values in each row with specific delimiter characters.

Delimited data is supported as a data format for the following feed and data source types:

  • Feeds - Azure Event Hub, Azure Service Bus, AWS IoT, Website (Poll), Endpoint (Receive), Kafka, Simulator, WebSocket, RabbitMQ, MQTT
  • Data sources - Azure Blob Store, Amazon S3, Website (Poll)

Specify delimited configuration

When configuring a feed or data source, sampling will occur to understand the type of data being ingested. If sampling determines the data to be in delimited format, additional properties for the delimited configuration can be specified.

Field delimiter

Delimited data files often use commas as the field delimiter, to separate data from different columns. However, delimited files can also separate (delimit) columns with other characters including pipes, colons, semicolons, slashes, and more.

When Analytics for IoT samples your data, it will automatically recognize the field delimiter used by the data. If the field delimiter sampled is not correct, you can use the Field Delimiter parameter to specify what character(s) separate the values.

Has header row

A delimited file can either have a header row or not have a header row. When Analytics for IoT samples your data, it should automatically recognize whether or not your file(s) or data streams have a header row. If the header row sampled is not correct, you can use the has Header Row parameter to specify whether or not a header row exists.

If a header row is identified, Analytics for IoT will use this row to automatically populate the field names for the data.


The following limitations exist when working with the delimited data format:

Loading delimited files with polyline or polygon geometry

A known issue exists when loading polyline or polygon geometry data from a delimited file, a performance decline is noticed in the feed or analytic. This will be addressed in a later release.