ALiS makes it possible to request the current (or latest depending on hardware) status of segment controllers, lights and groups within the system. This enables implementing software to retrieve the status, light output and such to (for instance) display on a map or list.
Notifications are used to show if there are either (important) activities or alerts and a specific message describing the type of notification (for example a lamp failure). Using this request it is possible to act upon these notifications by for instance adding coloured markers to the maps showing the lights or if needed sending alert e-mails or text messages to report problems to the administrators or contractors.
Within the ALiS standard, it is possible to define peripheral devices. These are devices that may be installed on lamp posts for certain purposes such as motion sensors, hydroscopes, etc. Peripherals can be defined, monitored and controlled using the ALiS standard.
It is also possible (implementation is vendor specific) to retrieve log data from the different elements (segment controllers, lights, peripherals). This data can be used for making report or running statistical analysis on the system. Examples of log data can be energy consumption, burning hours, temperature, etc.
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