When you want to trigger an action depending on certain thresholds, use the Rule engine!
The true value of IoT projects is realised not when the data is received on the cloud but when decisions are taken based on that data. These decisions can be as simple as notifying the correct people in case something is going wrong (or right), to as complex as controlling devices on the network based on signals received from other devices.
Herein, we introduce you to Earl, our next generation rule and automation engine which brings drag & drop simplicity to create rules and merge your business processes with your IoT projects. Nevertheless, you can still create customised rules for your convenience.
Note: to define rules, no code writing experience is needed. Our rule designer is a drag-and-drop environment that you can use to define the logic of any complexity.
How to create a Rule?
You can create a simple rule by following these steps:
- Go to the RULES tab in the ALSO IoT Platform
- click on a + NEW RULE
- Drag one or more devices from the DEVICES to the TRIGGERS block
- Choose one or more Assets you want to operate with
- Drag one of the elements from the COMPONENTS to the ACTIONS block
- choose what you want to do with the chosen Asset (e.g. make a comparison)
- choose which action you want to perform in regards to the previous step (e.g. notify via web and email)
- Click on CREATE RULE
Of course, if the steps mentioned above are not enough to meet your needs, you can scroll a little bit down and to check out the rule example along with the video tutorial to show you much more of this powerful engine.
The Rule example
PRO tip: to change images in the pinboard control, which is called “image enum”, you can simply use the imgur.com website where you can upload any picture and use the direct URL needed for this type of the control.
Get yourself more acquainted with our Rules
We always strive to give you the best of our effort and outcomes to suit your (business) needs. therefore, if you want to know how to use the Rule engine in more details, here are some links to interesting articles within the Learning Centre:
- Use devices as triggers or actions
- Send notifications as actions
- Do things on exact day & time
- Make comparisons
Note: Do take a look on our webinar, recorded for the sake of introducing EARL broadly.
Use case: Microsoft Teams and/or Twitter
For more business oriented solutions, you can directly use the Rule engine to: