This article only applies to movement data
This article is only relevant when working with movement data, not when working with time series data.
You can read more about the differences between the two in this article.
By default, your records are shown in a gridded way. When zoomed out, the grid cells denote larger areas on the map ( e.g., 1km x 1km), when zoomed in the data points are aggregated in smaller cells (e.g., 20m x 20m). This gridded data representation has many benefits:
It allows quick aggregation by counting the number of records in a cell
It allows multi-resolution representations
It shows the data as is, without assuming points are connected to one another
Scales easily to multiple billions of records
As location records of the same asset are related to one another, they can be connected to form trajectory lines.
You can switch between gridded data handling and trajectories data handling using the selection input in the Layers panel.
You can also choose to show the position at the end of the time interval on top of the trajectory by activating the icon option in the Layers panel.
When selecting Realtime, each asset is shown at its last reported location.
You can change the icon representing the position in the Layers panel for both the trajectories and realtime data representation.
Some icons require that the data contains special properties like a heading or asset dimensions to be present in the data. When missing (or missing for a specific asset), the platform will fall back to the circle icon. See the Data properties file syntax article for more details on how to include those properties.
Data will automatically update
When pushing/or uploading new data the map (and timeline and attribute) views are automatically updated.
This allows you to have an always up-to-date view, for example, when looking at real-time data.