Data in space - Power BI feature to visualize your data in reality

July 21, 2022

On July 6, 2022, Microsoft announced a new Power BI feature under the name “Data in space”, with the ability to use a smartphone device to view reports from Power BI and visualize the, in the real world by using your phone camera to scan a predetermined place or location.

Imagine that you can go to check your warehouse inventory by just bringing your phone to different storage areas and detailed inventory information in that area will be simple a pop-up on your phone. Another example could be a nurse monitoring a patient's health information based on the room/bed.

This capability comes from a collaboration between Power BI and Azure Spatial Anchors to create experiences by mixing the real world and the virtual together across mobile devices (iOS, Android, and HoloLens).

Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that combines the real world with the virtual through collaboration between hardware and software that makes it possible to see virtual displayed on the screen in the 3D form floating above the real surface captured by a video camera, webcam, or camera in a mobile phone allowing users to interact and respond directly to virtual objects as if they were part of the real world.

Getting started

To enable Data in Space, Power BI administrators need to create an Azure Spatial Anchors resource on their Azure subscription and connect to the Power BI tenant then they need to assign users into roles that will allow recording a display position, and users can search and retrieve reports from Azure spatial anchors on the relevant spatial location learn more about how to set up Data in space.

Roles of data in space

Pin in space: The ability to create and save anchors to visualize data from Power BI.

How to create and pin anchors in a visualization

Start by selecting the report you want to pin on Power Bi and setting the desired final display by defining filters and using slicers. Once the view you want is ready select Data in space from it. Select the report header and make sure the preview view reflects what you set and turn on the camera to scan and pin to your location.

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When the camera is on will be able to see the view of the reports and the data displayed in the real world, you can adjust the position and size as needed.

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Scan space: The ability to search and discover anchors around you to browse Power BI reports.

Search and browse reports

All you have to do is open the camera from the homepage application. If Data in your space is enabled, the camera will start scanning around you by default. A report locator at the bottom of the screen indicates when an anchor is found or guides you to direct the camera into the right direction.

1.      Tap the mobile app's camera icon to open the scanner.

2.      Select AR scanner, start searching.

3.      Scan the surrounding area by moving the camera slowly from side to side when a pinned report has been detected report will display as cards hanging in a 3D space at the location with an up-to-date report view and the data you see depends on the Power BI permissions that are assigned.

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In summary, in terms of the concept of using reports on data in space capabilities can be very useful to many business processes and can be adapted to be more efficient from the examples mentioned above or can be applied in many other cases such as

·        Monitor machine/production status and performance by selecting which point of information is interested in the Power BI mobile application when capturing the machine by your phone.

·        Environmental and energy monitoring in various rooms in the building.

·        Monitor the revenue of the shops in different branches.

Hope readers get ideas to apply Data in space to your business and organization. Including if you want to try, you can see more details from learn more about configuring Data in space.

Reference from Microsoft

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