Machine and sensor data sent from Interstack’s stacks can be viewed in any web browser on any device (phone, tablet, or laptop) using the Interstacks MyStacks cloud dashboard. Stacks can also send data directly to any industrial IoT platform or database, on-premise or cloud hosted. You can also optionally enable over-the-air (OTA) software updates to the programming (blueprints) inside of your stacks.
- All data sent to the MyStacks cloud dashboard is timestamped and saved in a database for viewing immediately and for later reporting.
- Users can create as many customized dashboards as they need.
- Select from the menu of visualization widgets (e.g. single value, line charts, tables) then add them to your dashboard.
- Assign a tag (data stream), or multiple tags, to a visualization widget.
- Re-arrange and re-size the widgets. Layouts that you do on a tablet, phone, or laptop will be remembered for that device screen size.
- Set red/green/yellow visualization colors based on data thresholds you enter.
- Text and email notifications (alerts) can be sent based on criteria you select, for example a sensor reading exceeding some threshold value.
- Data can be exported to CSV files for use in spreadsheets.
- We can provide API access to the raw data for any IT staff that want to write software for custom applications or integrations.
- Note: We recommend the Chrome web browser as it always supports the most up to date web standards, but other modern, current version web browsers also will work.
- Note: Internet network access to the MyStacks web site must be allowed via your local network. Stack hardware sending data to the internet must also be allowed. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any network firewall issues.
Get a username and password to login to your MyStacks dashboard account for use at mystacks.interstacks.com Contact Interstacks at email@example.com or your administrator. Stacks that you own and that send data will be provisioned for your account.
When you first login, you may see a blank page, or a starter dashboard that your administrator set up.
Make a New Dashboard
Select the icon in the top left of the page that looks like 3 horizontal lines to view the dashboard selector. To create a new dashboard, select “Add New Dashboard” button. To switch between dashboards, simply select from the list.
Dashboard Rename, Delete, Set as Default
After you have multiple dashboards, you may want to rename, delete, or make one your default. To do this, select the three vertical dots icon in the top right of the scrollable page area. You will then see a pulldown menu with the choices.
Add Visualization Widgets
To add a visualization widget to your dashboard, select the “+” icon in the top right of the page. You may have to scroll down the view in your browser window.
Select the type of visualization widget you want. Then select the “Finish” button.
Now you need to configure your new widget. Select the icon in the header of the widget that looks like a gear.
Select the device name, from the “Stack” pull down menu, that will send data to this widget. Then select the “Attribute” (tag name) from its pull down menu. If the selected widget can view multiple attributes, you can add them with the “+” icon. Line chart and table widgets can display as many attributes as you want. (Note that Attributes (tag names) are automatically assigned based on the data that is sent from the hardware device (stack)). Then select the “Next” button.
Depending on the widget, you will see various options for configuring its view.
For time series widgets, the time frame length is set in the Length field. Whether the data is displayed in real time (Moving) or just a fixed time window is determined via the buttons Fixed/Moving. (Note that the longer the time length, the more data that must be downloaded from the database to the browser for viewing). The Y-axis has buttons for setting a fixed range (min/max) or for automatically setting the range based on the min/max of the current data. Note that if Auto is selected, the Y-axis will continually adjust its settings. Select “Finish” when you are done configuring your widget.
Red / Yellow / Green color indicators
To set red/green/yellow display indicators, select the icon in the widget header that looks like a bell.
You can enter criteria for when the data should be displayed in various colors, for example display in red if a temperature exceeds a particular value.
Or set red/yellow/green levels.
Widget Text Label
You can change the text that labels a widget by selecting the 3 vertical dots icon in the widget header, and then select “Name this Widget”.
Re-arrange and Re-size
Widgets can be re-arranged by simply dragging and dropping using the widget header area. Widgets can be re-sized by simply dragging and dropping using the bottom right corner of the widget.
Layouts that you do on a tablet, phone, or laptop will be remembered for that device screen size.
Delete a visualization widget
You can delete a widget from a dashboard by selecting the 3 vertical dots icon in the widget header, and then select “Delete this Widget”.
Notifications – Alerts
To set text or email notifications (alerts), select the person icon in the very top right of the page, next to the account name.
Then select “Set Alarms”.
A list of your stacks will be displayed with an expand/contract icon on the far right for each one. Expand the stack you want to set notifications for, select “Create New Alarm”. Enter your criteria for the notification using the pull down menus in each field. Enter the email address you want to send that particular notification to.
Text messages can be sent via email addresses to mobile carriers. For example firstname.lastname@example.org will send a text message to AT&T mobile phones using the phone number entered. For Verizon use email@example.com. For Sprint use firstname.lastname@example.org. T-Mobile use email@example.com.
When finished, select “Save” in the bottom right. The MyStacks cloud will send notifications whenever the criteria is satisfied.
View data from earlier time frame
To view data from an earlier time frame in a widget currently displaying real time data: Select the Gear icon in the widget header; Select Next; in the Time Frame area select the Fixed button; Click on the date/time in the Start field; You will then see a calendar popup to select a date and a time; Select OK when done; Then set the time length in the Length field; Select Finish.
Export to CSV file
You can export the data in a widget to a CSV file by selecting the 3 vertical dots icon in the widget header, and then select “Export to CSV”. The data viewable in that widget will be immediately downloaded to a CSV file which you can then import into a spreadsheet or business intelligence tool.
To view a list of the connection status of all of your stacks, place the “Stacks Management” widget on one of your dashboards. It will show a list of the stacks assigned to your account, their red/yellow/green connection status, and other information.
API access to raw data
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or your Interstacks support engineer, if your IT department would like API access to the raw data stored in the database so they can write their own software for custom IT applications or other IT integrations.