ConnectSense Smart Power Cord on the AWS Cloud - Operational Guide

Quick Start Operational Guide


January 2022
Gary Marrs and Paco Rodríguez, Grid Connect
Carlos Lemus and Justin Courtright, Trek10
Irshad Buchh, AWS SI Partner Management team

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This Quick Start was created by Grid Connect and Trek10 in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Quick Starts are automated reference deployments that use AWS CloudFormation templates to deploy key technologies on AWS, following AWS best practices.


After you’ve deployed the ConnectSense Smart Power Cord Quick Start, you must retrieve the API Gateway URL and API key so that you can configure your SPC. After you retrieve these values, you use them to connect any SPC to the IoT endpoint, as described in the following sections.

Create an Amazon QuickSight dashboard

You can use Amazon QuickSight to create a dashboard to visualize the metrics from the connected SPC. Follow these steps to set up a dashboard for visualizing the watts used by the connected SPC over time.

  1. From the AWS Management Console, open the QuickSight console.

  2. Choose New Analysis, New Dataset, AWS IoT Analytics.

  3. Choose the AWS IoT Analytics dataset that was created by your stack named ConnectSenseQuickstartDataset.

  4. Choose Create data source, Visualize.

  5. In the Visual types panel, choose Line Chart.

  6. Choose Field wells at the top to expand the panel of field wells, as shown in Field wells.

    QuickSight Field Wells Activation
    Figure 1. Field wells
  1. From the Fields list, drag the datetime label into the X axis field well. Choose the down arrow next to datetime (MINUTE), and for aggregate, choose minute.

  2. From the Fields list, drag the watts label into the Value field well. Choose the down arrow next to watts (Median), and for aggregate, choose average.

  3. From the Fields list, drag the thing_name label into the Color field well.

    Your field wells now look something like Field wells with units.

    QuickSight field wells
    Figure 2. Field wells with units

    You now see the watts plotted something like QuickSight data visualization:

    QuickSight data visualization
    Figure 3. QuickSight data visualization
To grant QuickSight access to AWS IoT Analytics, see Visualizing AWS IoT Analytics data with Amazon QuickSight.

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