Waylay Dashboard Features

Table of Contents

Features overview

The Waylay Dashboard comes with the following features:

  • Self service organisation definition: a Waylay tenant admin can log in to the Waylay Dashboard and create “organisations” for each of the customers. An “Organisation” is a group of users that share a set of devices and a dashboard. Each organisation can have one or more organisation admins that can group devices and build dashboards.

  • It supports logical grouping of data and devices, mapped to the business context for each Organisation

  • Self service user account management: user, role and permission management is integrated with the Waylay platform. Organisation admins can create log in usernames and passwords for their users. Only tenant admins can create organisation admin accounts. Each account can only belong to one organisation.

  • Flexible and dynamic grouping of devices and tree based navigation

  • Drag & drop wizard for a statistics page per device or per group with a wide variety of widgets

  • View, add and edit device and group meta data: e.g. set tags, friendly names, …

  • Site map visualisation for device localisation

  • Geographical map for device localisation and geofencing

  • Command executions on devices

  • Self service threshold crossing alarm creation with notifications (sms, email, …) on device metrics.

  • Organisation specific service enablement and organisation specific settings, including task quotas and meta data whitelisting

  • Overview of alarms and clear/accept/acknowledge alarms

  • Sharing dashboards between Organisation admins and their users, dashboard import and export


A prerequisite for the Waylay Dashboard to be able to detect the right devices and their capabilities is to have the right information in the device/resource meta data in the Waylay environment:

  • Each resource must have a “customer” meta key and value. The value must correspond to the organisation id.
  • Each resource must have a “metrics” meta key and value. The value must have the following format. The definition of these metrics will be used by the graph widgets in the Waylay Dashboard. [ { “unit”: “”, “valueType”: “<double|float|boolean|integer|string|enum>”, “name”: “”}, … ]
  • If a resource supports commands, there must be a “commands” meta key and value. The value must have the format defined in Waylay Commands

Check out this 2-minute video on how to get started in the Waylay Dashboard:

How to create a Waylay Dashboard

Branding capabilities

The Waylay tenant admin can define

  • The icon and favicon on an organisational level:
    Login as admin on the Organisation and click edit:

edit org

Change your Organisations branding:
edit brand

  • The preferred language

  • The Waylay Dashboard URL (one per Waylay environment - to be set up by Waylay Devops) ℹ️More info at our branding documentation

Waylay Dashboard Users and Roles

The tenant admin or the organisation admin can create users that have access to the organisation dashboard. When users are created, they will receive an email from Waylay to activate their account. This activation email is brandable.

  • note: These users will only have access to the Waylay Dashboard and not to the Waylay environment

user_overview create_user

Waylay Dashboard users can have different roles. The below table gives an overview of the access rights and operations allowed for each of the roles


Organisation specific services

A tenant admin can customize the settings of services for each organisation and which settings are changeable by the organisation admin. For example, if the Twilio SMS service is available to send SMS notifications when an alarm is triggered, then the tenant admin can

  • Enable or disable this service for organisation admins. If it is disabled, then the organisation admin will not be able to choose SMS as action when creating an alarm
  • Make SMS service settings visible or invisible for organisation admins, e.g. hide the authentication token for the Twilio SMS provider.
  • Configure default SMS service settings, e.g. the FROM_PHONE originator telephone number for the SMS

Please note that if a tenant admin has enabled certain services for a particular organisation, then the organisation admin still has to explicitly select which service properties are available to their users. By default all services properties will be ‘not visible’ to the user

enabling services

The tenant admin can set per organisation task quotas and meta data whitelists. The task quotas limits the number of tasks/alarms that an organisation admin can create within one organisation. If the task quota is exceeded, then the organisation admin will get an error message on the screen that any new task cannot be created.

The metadata whitelists are meant for tenant admins to define which device metadata is visible to the organisation admin and users. This allows the tenant admin to restrict the info widget to display only whitelisted metadata key and values.


Dashboard archival

We introduced a way to archive an organisation dashboard. Once a dashboard is archived, it is not deleted from the system, but it is no longer viewable for its users.

  • You cannot un-archive without help from Waylay Devops. Please contact us via the regular support channels.
  • You cannot re-use the same name for a new organisation
  • Archived organisations are excluded from billing reports

Collaborative dashboard development

Copy and unlink: this feature is particularly handy for dashboard building and collaboration between different organisation admins within one organisation. When you click ‘Copy dashboard & Unlink’, a personal copy of the dashboard will be stored in the database. After you made changes (e.g. add widgets to the dashboard), you can then again publish the dashboard which will overwrite the default dashboard stored in the cloud for this organisation. Another organisation admin, can then take the changes of the first organisation admin, click ‘Copy dashboard & Unlink’ and continue working on the dashboard.


You can now import and export dashboard configurations. When you click the export button, the browser will download a JSON file with the dashboard settings of the widgets

  • Note that dashboard input/export is only supported on the device level, not on the group level

Dashboard libraries

Once you logged into an organisation and started building dashboards, you’ll notice a new blue-white icon on the top right. This icon is only available to Organisation admins or Waylay tenant admins.


It gives you access to a storage location where you can store dashboards as templates.


This allows you to create a dashboard with widgets once and then (manually) store that dashboard, including it’s configuration in the dashboard library and then (manually) apply that template dashboard to another group or device within your organisation

  • note: you cannot share templates in your dashboard library across organisations

Device grouping

When defining a group in the Waylay Dashboard, you can define a query based on device tags, such that all devices with those tags automatically belong to your group. Tags can be added by the organisation admin on devices. Devices can have multiple tags and devices can belong to multiple groups at the same time. This mechanism is quite handy during the provisioning of new devices in the core Waylay platform: if the device gets an appropriate tag (and customer field) in the meta data, then the Waylay Dashboard will automatically add it to the right group in the UI.


You can also add devices manually to a particular group (without using the query mechanism). In this case, the group will have a fixed set of devices and the group is not automatically updated when a new device is provisioned in Waylay.

Organisation and device name alias

If you don’t like how the Organisation and devices appear in the list of organisations or navigation tree respectively, you can create an alias for them:

  • When you ‘edit’ your organisation, then you will find a new field ‘alias’ that allows you to give your Organisation an alias. That alias will be shown to the Organisation admin instead of the actual name

  • When you add a meta data field called ‘alias’ to a device, then the value for that alias will be used in the tree navigation. See also alias reserved keyword.

  • There is no alias for a group name


Time Series Graph

This graph shows a line chart for one or more metrics. It also provides Zoom controls and support value downloads in CSV file.

The Time Series Graph widget wizard allows you to add “References” to the chart. These can be set manually or fromthe meta data of your device.

  • For example, if you add “temperature_threshold” with value “50”, then you can add this meta data key in the “References” field and it will cause the time series widget to plot a straight line at y=50. It is a handy trick to visually see when a dataset is crossing a particular threshold value.

You can also add an ‘Alarm Timeline’ to your widget. This will show a secondary graph below the time series graph. This timeline shows a dot each time an alarm is triggered

Time Series with Alarm timeline

Scatter Plot Graph


Gauge widget

The gauge widget always takes the last raw value received so far. In other words, they are not controlled by the Time Window settings. In the gauge widget, this value is then rounded to the precision: e.g. if the precision is set to ‘2’, then the value is rounded to 2 digits after the dot.


Bulletin widget

The bulletin widget is capable of showing a list of multiple metrics and you can customize the foreground and background colors for each metric.

  • note: The bulletin widget always takes the last raw value received so far. In other words, they are not controlled by the Time Window settings

Info widget

The info widget allows you to visualise information that is typically static and stored in the meta data of a device: e.g. a URL to an FAQ page, a URL to an image of the device, etc. You can maninpulate the format of the data and its visualisation using the Markdown editor in the info widget wizard. For example, you can use HTML tags to show a clickable link that opens a new tab with external product documentation, or show an image with a fixed size.


Customizing the info widget with Markdown wizardy

We’ve made an extension to the info widget to be able to create custom visualisations.

For example, you can add the following code in the Markdown editor of the Info widget wizard to display a metric value for a selected resource/device:

{{RESOURCE:METRIC "MyDevice" "temperature"}}

The Waylay Dashboard will auto-resolve this to the last value in our time series database for metric ‘temperature’ from device with name = ‘MyDevice’

For example, if you use the following Markdown code in your info widget, then you get the following fancy table

| <h3>Energy</h3> | <h3>Shop Status</h3> |
| Energy Consumption: <font color="red">{{RESOURCE:METRIC "example_store" "ActualActiveEnergyConsumption"}} </font> kWh | <h1>{{RESOURCE:METRIC "example_store" "isOpen"}}</h1> |

| <h3>External</h3> |
| Outside temperature: {{RESOURCE:METRIC "example_store" "weather_temperature"}} Degrees Celsius |

If your Info widget is on a dashboard of a group of sensors, then you can also use the following Markdown code to iterate over the children of a group:

{{#each children}}
{{CHILD:METRIC this.id "temperature"}}

Alarm widget

The alarm widget allows you to show a historical log of all alarms for a particular alarm type


Analytics widget

The analytics widget offers you the ability to show Time Series Analytics data models and predictions. The TSA models need to be created via the core Waylay platform, see Time Series Analytics

Map widget

The map wigdet allows you to show the location of one or more devices, their trajectory and any geofences. See also the geofencing use case

Aggregation widget

The aggregation widget is only available on a group level. It allows to calculate an aggregated value over a number of devices that have the same metric: e.g. calculate the average temperature over all temperature sensors in the office.


Benchmark widget

The benchmark widget is a bar chart widget that is only available on a group level. The goal of the benchmark widget is to be able to compare aggregated metrics across devices/resources that belong to that group.


The benchmark widget will automatically discover the devices/resources that are part of a group and the wizard will list only those metrics that are common across them. You can configure the following settings:

  • the metric: only 1 metric can be shown at a time
  • title: the title for your widget
  • threshold: a horizontal dashed line wil be drawn at this level. The bar color will change from the default blue to orange-red if it comes close or crosses this threshold
  • direction: you can set above or below, which indicates whether the expected benchmark values should be above or below the threshold
  • aggregation: you can either use the dashboard global aggregation settings or overwrite them for this widget specifically. Various data aggregation functions are supported: min, max, mean, …
  • window: this is the sliding time window over which the aggregation is taken: e.g. the last hour, the last 4 weeks, etc
  • you can also enable or disable the X-axis labels.

Note: the global dashboard settings for ‘group by’ and ‘time window’ do not apply for this widget


With the SCADA widget you can visualize an SVG image where some of the SVG elements are controlled by Waylay meta data or metrics in the Waylay time series database.

The below example shows an SVG in which there are two rectangles whose color are controlled by the last value for metric ‘MajorImpact’ in the Waylay time series database. If this metric is equal to 0, then the red rectangles are hidden. If this metric is equal to 1, then the red rectangles are visible and flashing.

SCADA Widget

How to use it:

  1. Create an SVG - for example with a tool like Inkscape
  2. Create a new project and import this SVG in Archer Designer: http://archer.graphics/editor/
  3. Assign a ‘context’ to your SVG element of choice. You can use a boolean, number context, …. Give your controlling variable a name, e.g. ‘MajorImpactDetected’. This variable will be mapped to meta data or a metric in the Waylay SCADA widget

Archer designer

  1. In the Archer Designer, publish as Zip and unpack your zip file. This zip file will contain the actual SVG and a settings JSON. You need these to upload a SCADA template in your organisation settings:


  1. In the Waylay Dashboard, add the ‘scada’ widget and perform the mapping between your Archer context variables and the Waylay meta data - see above

Widget refresh rate

Every time you refresh your browser you force refresh for all widgets and then the data is re-fetched for all widgets. You can also refresh one graph at the time, using the refresh icon per widget.

Next to this, the widgets are also auto-refreshed:

Widget Auto-refresh rate
Timeseries every 15 minutes
Scatter every 15 minutes
Info every 15 seconds
Gauge every 5 seconds
Bulletin Single stat: every 5 seconds, Timeseries: every 60 seconds
Alarm every 10 seconds
Aggregation every 15 minutes
Map every minute
Scada every 5 seconds

Creating an alarm

If you log in as organisation-admin or tenant-admin into the Waylay Dashboard and you have created a dashboard for a device or a group of devices in an organisation, then you will see that various widgets have a ‘bell’ icon. Clicking that bell icon will open a wizard that allows the organisation-admin or tenant-admin to create a task.

For example you can create a threshold crossing alarm as a task and assign one or more actions when a particular metric is exceeding that threshold.

  • note: you can specify an absolute threshold value or you can use a meta data variable for your threshold
  • note: if you can’t select any actions at the bottom of this wizard (e.g. Alarm), it means that your organisation admin did not yet enable this service for this organisation - see also Organisation specific services. The admin simply has to enable them on this view:

Site plan

When you select a group in the navigation tree, a new tab will appear on top called ‘PLAN’. The goal of this tab is to show a site plan or floor plan. Resources/devices that are part of the selected group will appear as named dots on this site plan.

You can upload a site plan on every group level: e.g. top level group, sub level group etc. You can do that by selecting the group in the navigation tree and going to the CONF tab. There you see ‘Plan’ (under parent).

uploading a floor plan

You have two choices:

  • either you upload an SVG file, which will be rendered in the PLAN tab and the SVG file will be stored in the Waylay meta data in the resource that corresponds to the group you selected. You can ONLY upload SVG files, no JPG/PNG.
  • or you configure a URL that points to an internet accessible location of the site plan. Here you can point to a JPG/PNG or even SVG file (e.g. an S3 location). Your browser will download this image and render it in the PLAN tab. Waylay does not store this image.