Data collection

Kaa data collection feature is designed to obtain data from connected devices and send it to various storage and processing systems. Typical use cases include time-series data, telemetry, firmware or software logs, alerts (traps), etc. This feature is designed to help you:

  • Reliably collect data at large scale.
  • Notify clients on successful data delivery or a processing error.
  • Enable ordered data samples delivery.
  • Collect structured and unstructured data.
  • Optimize network use via data samples batching.

Data collection in Kaa is enabled via the collaboration of several services’ functionality. Data collection services

Data Collection Extension service (DCX) extends the communication capability of the Kaa Protocol (1/KP) by implementing the Data Collection Protocol (2/DCP). DCX supports this extension protocol to receive endpoint data from a communication service (KPC) and send it to data receiver services for storage and/or processing.

Data Collection Adapters (DCAs) are various services that implement the 13/DSTP protocol to receive the endpoint-originated data samples from DCX. DCAs typicaly serve the purpose of feeding collected from devices data to different data storage and data processing systems. For example, see KDCA and MDCA.

Endpoint Time Series service (EPTS) is another example of a service that is often used in conjunction with DCX. It receives endpoint data samples and transforms them into time series. EPTS broadcasts the new data points through the time series transmission interface and provides REST API for historical time series retrieval.