Scheduled Rules


As an event driven system, Rule Engine evaluates conditions when commands are added to or removed from the current window.

To check conditions on a fixed schedule, regardless of incoming commands, use built-in timer metrics which are generated by the database internally.

Metric Name Frequency
timer_15s 15 seconds.
timer_1m 1 minute.
timer_15m 15 minutes.
timer_1h 1 hour.

By reacting to a timer metric, a rule is evaluated at the specified frequency, for example, every 15 minutes.

Analyzing Data

When using timer metrics, the current window contains timer samples instead of data to be analyzed. To analyze the data of a separate metric and not the timer metric itself, use database, value, and lookup functions.


The condition evaluates to true if the average value for temperature series exceeds the threshold.

db_statistic('avg', '1 hour', 'temperature', 'sensor-01') > 50


The condition evaluates to true if one of the sensors collecting temperature metric no longer performs data inserts.

getEntityCount('temperature', 'now - 1*DAY', 'now - 1*HOUR', '') > 0

Custom Schedule

To check the rule condition during specific times of the day, refer to the now field in the condition.

now represents current server time as a DateTime object which provides access to calendar properties such as a hour of the day or day of week.

Daily Task Example.

// Runs between 15:00 and 16:00
now.hourOfDay = 15 &&
db_statistic('avg', '1 hour', 'temperature', 'sensor-01') > 50

The above condition is checked once a day, at 15:00, if the metric is set to timer_1h.

Using metric timer_15m, the condition is checked four times a day: 15:00, 15:15, 15:30, and 15:45.


Weekly Task

The condition below is checked 1,440 times each Thursday, at 00:00, 00:01 etc. when using metric timer_1m.

// Runs on Thursdays
now.dayOfWeek = 'Thursday' &&
db_statistic('avg', '1 hour', 'temperature', 'sensor-01') > 50

Holiday Calendar

The condition below is checked on days that precede a non-working day, such as weekend or observed holiday, in the United States.

// Returns true before non-working days: weekends and observed holidays
now.is_workday('USA') &&
NOT now.add(1, 'day').is_workday('USA')

Typically, this rule is triggered by the database each Friday evening, but fires on Thursday instead when Friday is an observed holiday based on the observed built-in or custom Workday Calendar.

By default the database contains predefined 2018 Workday Calendars for several countries but also supports the addition of custom calendars.

Previous Alerts

Use the last_open function to compare the time of the most recent OPEN or REPEAT status event for the current window.

// Check if OPEN / REPEAT occured more than 1 day ago
elapsed_minutes(last_open().command_time) > 24*60