Asset Monitoring Glossary

Asset Monitoring

A solution within ClearBlade designed to be customizable for various use-cases such as: * tracking & monitoring railcars, * monitoring industrial equipments, * tracking people, * and more!

Asset Type

An asset type categorizes assets based on their attributes. Users can create asset types unique to their solutions by adding custom attributes.

Ex.:Tractor Engine Asset Type can have multiple tractor engine assets


An asset is a device(s), equipment, or gateway(s) that is to be monitored by the solution. The asset can belong to a single asset type that best matches the type’s characteristics.

Ex.:Tractor Engine #1 belongs to the Tractor Engine Asset Type

Area Type

An area type categorizes areas based on their attributes. Users can create area types unique to their solutions by adding custom attributes.

Ex.:Storage Area Types can have multiple areas


An area is a physical location in either cartesian (xyz) or polar (latitude/longitude) coordinates. The area can be created under an area type that best describes the location’s use. Assets can be tracked going from point to point using area. Maps and 3D models are supported out-of-box on ClearBlade.

Ex.: Austin,TX Unit

Action Type

An action type is what is paired with event types. Action types have different actions which users can use when creating a rule. Action types can be sms, publish mqtt message, and email. More can be added by users based on their solution.

Ex.: Send SMS

Event Type

An area type categorizes events based on their criteria. When creationg an event type, users can add multiple action types. A lifecycle can be added to the event type based on their use case. Event types are passed when rule types are created.

Ex.: Temperature Alert Event - can be invoked when temperature goes too low or too high


An event of an event type is created whenever a rule’s conditions are satisfied. This can be for single/group of asset(s) and/or area(s). If an event type has an action associated with it, the action is executed when there is an event.

Rule Types

A rule type is used to categorize rules based on event types and the conditions associated with assets and asset types. A rule type can also use durations if the rules are supposed to be working for a period of time.

Ex. When my tractor engine has a battery level that is out of range


A rule is based on the characteristics of a rule type. Rules can have a set of conditions that are applied on entities (asset, asset types, area, and area types) and whenever the conditions are satisfied an event gets created. When users create a rule, based on rule type and corresponding event type we can select an available action type to create an action. If the rule has an action type associated with it, then the action fire when an event is created.

Ex. When my tractor engine has a battery level below 20%, send an SMS


A user can be assigned to groups and users of a certain group can perform tasks for assets and areas as decided by the admin.

Ex. When a user belongs to Maintenance Group and Engineering Group, they will only see those assets and areas


A user is an account that belongs to a person with a valid email. Roles and groups can be set to customize what actions can be made to assets, areas, events, and rules.

Values within asset monitoring


Assets and areas can have a parent.

Ex. Tractor can be the parent asset of the engine asset


A polygon is an array of cartesian coordinates that shapes a certain area of a map, found in setting uparea.

Ex: [{"x":167.15952331104467,"y":13.79853098728273,"z":-509.4261787433696}

Geometry Type

The 3 types of model view of the location found in setting uparea: GPS, Indoor Model, and Indoor Area


Alarm states in event type


Connected to responses in event types


Allows for the event to have open and closed states