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Manage spatiotemporal data stores

The ArcGIS Data Store, available with ArcGIS Enterprise, has been enhanced to work with observational data by way of introducing the spatiotemporal data store. Observation data can be moving objects, changing attributes of stationary sensors, or both. The spatiotemporal data store enables archival of high volume observation data, sustains high velocity write throughput, and can run across multiple machines (nodes). Adding machines adds capacity, allowing you to store more data, implement longer retention policies of your data, and support higher data write throughput.

Use GeoEvent Manager to view and manage the spatiotemporal data store.

Requirements for using the spatiotemporal data store

The spatiotemporal data store requires ArcGIS Enterprise. For more information on ArcGIS Enterprise, see What is ArcGIS Enterprise?. For more information on base ArcGIS Enterprise deployments, see Base ArcGIS Enterprise deployment. For more information on adding functionality and capacity to your site with additional servers, specifically ArcGIS GeoEvent Server, see Additional server deployment.

When enabling the spatiotemporal data store in ArcGIS Data Store, you must register the spatiotemporal data store with your portal's hosting server. A data store connection to your portal must be registered with GeoEvent Server, in GeoEvent Manager, to view and write to the spatiotemporal data store. ArcGIS Server manages multiple nodes of the spatiotemporal data store to form a data ring.


When archiving streaming data into a spatiotemporal data store, depending on the size of the data, disk space can fill up quickly. Administrators need to monitor the spatiotemporal data store logs to ensure machines have sufficient disk space. If the disk space on a machine exceeds its capacity, new data will not be archived in the spatiotemporal data store. For more information on ArcGIS Data Store and managing disk space, see Disk space requirements in the ArcGIS Data Store system requirements.

Send data to a spatiotemporal data store

GeoEvent Server provides output connectors for writing observational data to a spatiotemporal data store.

Work with data in a spatiotemporal data store

The high-volume observation data stored in a spatiotemporal data store can be accessed via a feature service and visualized using a map service. The map service provides dynamic rendering and aggregated data representation, allowing observations to be visualized at various levels of detail specific to each user session. The map service's density aggregations are produced on the fly as you zoom in, so a web map's representation of your data updates dynamically. This is important for real-time visualization use cases because observations are constantly updating; the data representation displayed by a web map must reflect the data most recently received.

The high-volume observation data stored in a spatiotemporal data store can also be accessed via a feature service. Feature service queries to a spatiotemporal data store are returned very quickly. You can query by any combination of ID, time, space, and attributes. The raw features in a spatiotemporal data store can be visualized on the client side using the feature service. However, due to the volume of features, you will likely only want to view raw features at large map scales.

It is recommended that you configure scale dependent rendering to switch between a map service layer and the feature service layer for a better visualization experience. The map service renders the aggregated data at various levels of detail at the smaller scales. The feature service turns on whenever you zoom in beyond to a specified map scale appropriate for the visualization of your raw features.

Export data from a spatiotemporal data store

The high-volume observational data stored in a spatiotemporal data store can be exported as delimited text to a cloud store registered with your ArcGIS Server. Supported cloud stores for exporting data to include Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Microsoft Azure Blob Storage.

Exporting data from a spatiotemporal data store is done on the Spatiotemporal data sources page in GeoEvent Manager. You will need to provide the server connection, registered cloud data store, filename, and an optional where clause if you want to do a selective data export.

Get started with the spatiotemporal data store

To get started working with the spatiotemporal data store, refer to the ArcGIS Data Store help and the Spatiotemporal Data Store Tutorial available from GeoEvent Server tutorials.