Introduction to Actions

Actions are rule-based operations that you can build and apply to real-time data messages. Actions in Tracking Server can be used to filter or modify event data based on the message definition. For example, if you are monitoring air traffic in California, you can create and apply a filter action to exclude data from other states.

Actions are created in Tracking Server Manager on the Actions tab, and they are applied to a particular message definition. As event data comes into Tracking Server, it checks if there are any actions to be applied to the event data message.

Multiple actions can be applied to the same message definition. The order in which they are applied is based on the order in which they appear in the Action Properties list. Actions are independent of tracking services, but they are totally dependent on the message definition. If a message definition is removed, any actions that were defined for that message definition will also be removed.

Types of Actions

There are several types of actions that can be created in Tracking Server:

Categories of Actions

Actions applied using Tracking Server are referred to as Server Actions. If you are using ArcGIS for Desktop or ArcGIS Engine for Windows to display your tracking services from Tracking Server, then it is important to note that there are other categories of actions that can be applied to temporal data at different points in the data flow. The following categories describe the different actions you can build and apply: