Execution engine

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CEP (Complex Event Processing — now called Event Stream Processing)

AMTech execution engine is an implementation of a CEP; it encapsulates CEP's complexity in the DAP design.

Execution feedback and/or errors

When an activity is being executed by the execution engine an observationlifecycle type is sent to the activity_lifecycle topic. Some events are reported through the property event, among this events:

  • Start of a reasoner (BEGIN)
  • End of a reasoner (END)
  • Execution errors (ERROR)

The following example illustrates activity "producer": "thingsInBoardroom" reporting action "resourceuri": "/amtech/activities/thingsInBoardroom/reasoners/createThingInBoardroomFromEddystoneBeacon/actions/ReportThingInBoardroom" started "event": "BEGIN"

        "topic": "/activity_lifecycle/thingsInBoardroom",
        "guesttenants": [
        "event": "BEGIN",
        "@type": "/amtech/linkeddata/types/composite/observation/observationlifecycle",
        "producer": "thingsInBoardroom",
        "resourceuri": "/amtech/activities/thingsInBoardroom/reasoners/createThingInBoardroomFromEddystoneBeacon/actions/ReportThingInBoardroom",
        "detectiontime": "Tue Apr 26 21:41:09 UTC 2016",
        "@id": "/amtech/things/observations/983c488f-c3d4-44ec-85f2-795428d12d83",
        "occurrencetime": "Tue Apr 26 21:41:08 UTC 2016"
This is a strong mechanism you can use to trace the execution of your activities if, at a given moment, you think they are not working as expected.

Security context

Reasoners are executed with the security info (user and tenant) of the user that sent the observation that triggered the reasoner

  • The observer is executed with these credentials so the things returned will be the ones accessible to it (things that belong to the user/tenant or that are shared with it)
  • Actions are executed with these credentials
    • Access to types is checked using the user's actors
    • Access to instances is checked using the user's tenant
  • Actions that create resources (things, observations, notifications, etc) will initialize the security properties of the resource being created with the security info of the observation (ex. guest tenants, guest users)

Extension module


Electronic product code Tag Data Translation implemented according to the GS1 EPC Tag Data Translation 1.6 specification (http://www.gs1.org/epc/tag-data-translation-standard) Exposed as 2 JavaScript functions available for reasoner's JavaScript binding:

* epcEncode
* epcDecode

They support the following codings:

  • SGTIN-96, SGTIN-198, SSCC-96, SGLN-96, SGLN-195, GRAI-96, GRAI-170, GSRN-96, GSRNP-96, GDTI-96, GDTI-174, GID-96.


(See check reasoner)

Geospatial libraries

A couple of libraries are available in JavaScript bindings:

You can make use of these libraries using the variables geolib and terraformer that are initialized as follows:

 var geolib = require('geolib');
 var terraformer = require('terraformer');

Example binding location property to a new created geofence thing, using the location from observation and calculating a circle with 300 radius

    var location;
    //get wkt json
    var loc = JSON.parse(observation.location);
    //parse longitude and latitude from wkt text
    var point = terraformer.WKT.parse(loc.wkt);
    //create a circle with 100 metres radius
    var circle = new terraformer.Circle([point.coordinates[0], point.coordinates[1]], 100, 64);
    //create location wkt 
    location = terraformer.WKT.convert(circle.geometry);
    //wkt poligon location bind to created geofence thing
    return location;