Altair® Panopticon


Creating Amazon Kinesis – Data Streams Data Source

The Amazon Kinesis – Data Streams connector reads records from the given data stream and Shard ID.


1.     In the New Data Source page, select Input > Amazon Kinesis – Data Streams in the Connector drop-down list.


2.     You can either:

·         check the Use Default Credentials Chain box to use the default Access Key ID and Secret Key Access, or

·         uncheck the Use Default Credentials Chain box and enter the Access Key ID and Secret Key Access


The Access Key ID and Secret Key Access from the AWS account can be configured in three places:

·         Two properties at the  file which is available in the AppData folder of Panopticon Streams Server

o   connector.kinesis.datastreams.accesskeyid

o   connector.kinesis.datastreams.secretaccesskey

If this is the used configuration, the Use Default Credentials Chain box is not displayed in the connector UI.

This is the recommended way to provide the credentials.


·         AWS credentials provider chain

o   Environment Variables - AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY

o   Credential profiles file at the default location - ~/.aws/credentials  on Linux, macOS, or Unix, and C:\Users\USERNAME\.aws\credentials  on Windows.


·         Dedicated fields in the connector

Not the recommended configuration.



3.     Select or define the following properties:




Physical location of the data center. The list is picked up from the Amazon Kinesis Data Streams Endpoints and Quotas page.


Name of the stream from where you want to pull the data. Click Fetch Streams  to load all of the available streams from the AWS account.

Shard Id

Each connector instance or data source is connected to only one shard. Click Fetch Shards  to pull all of the shards from the selected stream.

From Beginning

The starting position in the data stream from which to start streaming. Default value is unchecked, which means LATEST. When checked, the starting position is set to TRIM_HORIZON.



All of the connection settings can be parameterized.



4.     Select the Message Type.

5.     Select either the dot (.) or comma (,) as the Decimal Separator.


Prepend 'default:' for the elements falling under default namespace.



6.      Click  to the fetch the schema based on the connection details. Consequently, the list of columns with the data type found from inspecting the first ‘n’ rows of the input data source is populated and the Save button is enabled.

7.    You can also opt to load or save a copy of the column definition.

8.    Click  to add columns to the Amazon Kinesis – Data Streams connection that represent sections of the message. Then enter or select:




The column name of the source schema.

Fix Tag/JsonPath/Text Column Index/XPath

The Fix Tag/JsonPath/Text Column Index/XPath of the source schema.


The data type of the column. Can be a Text, Numeric, or Time

Date Format

The format when the data type is Time.


Determines whether the message field should be processed.



To parse and format times with higher than millisecond precision, the format string needs to end with a period followed by sequence of upper case S. There can be no additional characters following them.

For example: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSSSSS



To delete a column, check its  or all the column entries, check the topmost , then click .

9.   Define the Real-time Settings.

10.  Click . The new data source is added in the Data Sources list.