Notifications

Notifications can be simple text messages or transport structured data. To distinguish by their purpose and origin, notifications have a type and a subtype.

Notifications are sent by the module via the available communication channels (client/server connections). If a channel is temporarily down (e.g. due to a connection loss), the notifications for that channel will be kept in memory until the channel is available again. (Note: this message queue does not survive a crash or reboot of the module.)

Channels process notifications differently depending on the way they work. For example, a v2 server will forward text notifications as push messages to connected smart phones and email readers, a v3 server will publish them under an MQTT topic, and the webserver will display the message as a modal dialog. See the respective manual sections for details.

Notification types currently defined:

  • info – informational text messages
  • alert – alert text messages
  • error – error code messages
  • data – historical data records, usually CSV formatted
  • stream – live data streaming (high bandwidth), usually JSON formatted

The standard subtypes used are listed below, these can be used to filter messages. Vehicles may introduce custom notifications and replace standard notifications, see the respective user guide section for details.

Subtypes by convention are given in lower case, with dots ‘’.’’ as structural separators.

Notification channels currently defined:

  • ovmsv2 – server v2 connection
  • ovmsv3 – server v3 connection
  • ovmsweb – websocket connections
  • pushover – pushover text messaging service

Channels may have multiple active instances (“readers”), for example you can open multiple websocket connections. Channels may exclude notification types. Currently stream records are only supported on a websocket connection, all other types are supported on all channels.

Use notify status to see the currently registered channels (“readers”). Example:

OVMS# notify status
Notification system has 3 readers registered
  pushover(1): verbosity=1024
  ovmsv2(2): verbosity=1024
  ovmsweb(3): verbosity=65535
Notify types:
  alert: 0 entries
  data: 0 entries
  error: 0 entries
  info: 0 entries
  stream: 0 entries

The channel’s “verbosity” defines the supported maximum length of a textual notification message on that channel. Notification senders should honor this, but not all may do so. If messages exceed this limit, they may be truncated.

Sending notifications

You can send custom notifications from the shell or command scripts by using the notify raise command. The command can send the output of another command, an error code (implies type error), or any text you enter. For example, to send a custom text message, do:

OVMS# notify raise text info usr.anton.welcome "Hello, wonderful person!"

In this case, the type would be info and the subtype usr.anton.welcome. The type must match one of the defined types, the subtype can be chosen arbitrarily. Please use a unique usr. prefix for custom notifications to avoid collisions.

To send a battery status command result, do:

OVMS# notify raise command info battery.status "stat"

To send notifications from Duktape scripts, use the API call OvmsNotify.Raise().

Suppress notifications

You can filter the channels to be used for notifications by their subtypes. By default, no subtypes are filtered on any channel, so all notifications are sent to all clients.

To disable (suppress) notifications, create a config entry based on the respective subtype, that lists the channels to include or exclude:

OVMS# config set notify <subtype> <channels>
<channels> options are:
  1. explicit inclusion: e.g. ovmsv2,pushover (only enable these)
  2. explicit exclusion: e.g. *,-ovmsv3,-ovmsweb (only disable these)
  3. - (dash) to disable all
  4. empty/* to enable all

Example: to disable the OTA update notifications on all channels, do:

OVMS# config set notify ota.update -

Standard notifications

Type Subtype Purpose / Content
alert alarm.sounding Vehicle alarm is sounding
alert alarm.stopped Vehicle alarm has stopped
alert batt.12v.alert 12V Battery critical
alert batt.12v.recovered 12V Battery restored
alert batt.bms.alert Battery pack/cell alert (critical voltage/temperature deviation)
alert batt.soc.alert Battery SOC critical
info charge.done stat on charge finished
info charge.started stat on start of charge
info charge.stopped stat on planned charge stop
alert charge.stopped stat on unplanned charge stop
data debug.crash Transmit crash backtraces (→ *-OVM-DebugCrash)
data debug.tasks Transmit task statistics (→ *-OVM-DebugTasks)
alert flatbed.moved Vehicle is being transported while parked - possible theft/flatbed
info heating.started stat on start of heating (battery)
data log.grid Grid (charge/generator) history log (see below) (→ *-LOG-Grid)
data log.trip Trip history log (see below) (→ *-LOG-Trip)
alert modem.no_pincode No PIN code for SIM card configured
alert modem.wrongpincode Wrong pin code
info ota.update New firmware available/downloaded/installed
info pushover Connection failure / message delivery response
stream retools.list.update RE toolkit CAN frame list update
stream retools.status RE toolkit general status update
info valet.disabled Valet mode disabled
info valet.enabled Valet mode enabled
alert valet.hood Vehicle hood opened while in valet mode
alert valet.trunk Vehicle trunk opened while in valet mode
alert vehicle.idle Vehicle is idling / stopped turned on

Grid history log

The grid history log can be used as a source for long term statistics on your charges and typical energy usages and to calculate your vehicle energy costs.

Log entries are created on each change of the charge or generator state (v.c.state / v.g.state).

You need to enable this log explicitly by configuring a storage time via config param notify log.grid.storetime (in days) or via the web configuration page. Set to 0/empty to disable the log. Already stored log entries will be kept on the server until expiry or manual deletion.

Note: the stability of the total energy counters included in this log depends on their source and persistence on the vehicle and/or module. If they are kept on the module, they may lose their values on a power outage.

  • Notification subtype: log.grid
  • History record type: *-LOG-Grid
  • Format: CSV
  • Archive time: config notify log.grid.storetime (days)
  • Fields/columns:
    • pos_gpslock
    • pos_latitude
    • pos_longitude
    • pos_altitude
    • pos_location
    • charge_type
    • charge_state
    • charge_substate
    • charge_mode
    • charge_climit
    • charge_limit_range
    • charge_limit_soc
    • gen_type
    • gen_state
    • gen_substate
    • gen_mode
    • gen_climit
    • gen_limit_range
    • gen_limit_soc
    • charge_time
    • charge_kwh
    • charge_kwh_grid
    • charge_kwh_grid_total
    • gen_time
    • gen_kwh
    • gen_kwh_grid
    • gen_kwh_grid_total
    • bat_soc
    • bat_range_est
    • bat_range_ideal
    • bat_range_full
    • bat_voltage
    • bat_temp
    • charge_temp
    • charge_12v_temp
    • env_temp
    • env_cabintemp
    • bat_soh
    • bat_health
    • bat_cac
    • bat_energy_used_total
    • bat_energy_recd_total
    • bat_coulomb_used_total
    • bat_coulomb_recd_total

Trip history log

The trip history log can be used as a source for long term statistics on your trips and typical trip power usages, as well as your battery performance in different environmental conditions and degradation over time.

Entries are created at the end of a trip (specifically v.e.on transition to off). Configure a minimum trip length for logging by the config variable notify log.trip.minlength or via the web UI.

You need to enable this log explicitly by configuring a storage time via config param notify log.trip.storetime (in days) or via the web configuration page. Set to 0/empty to disable the log. Already stored log entries will be kept on the server until expiry or manual deletion.

  • Notification subtype: log.trip
  • History record type: *-LOG-Trip
  • Format: CSV
  • Archive time: config notify log.trip.storetime (days)
  • Fields/columns:
    • pos_gpslock
    • pos_latitude
    • pos_longitude
    • pos_altitude
    • pos_location
    • pos_odometer
    • pos_trip
    • env_drivetime
    • env_drivemode
    • bat_soc
    • bat_range_est
    • bat_range_ideal
    • bat_range_full
    • bat_energy_used
    • bat_energy_recd
    • bat_coulomb_used
    • bat_coulomb_recd
    • bat_soh
    • bat_health
    • bat_cac
    • bat_energy_used_total
    • bat_energy_recd_total
    • bat_coulomb_used_total
    • bat_coulomb_recd_total
    • env_temp
    • env_cabintemp
    • bat_temp
    • inv_temp
    • mot_temp
    • charge_12v_temp
    • tpms_temp_min
    • tpms_temp_max
    • tpms_pressure_min
    • tpms_pressure_max
    • tpms_health_min
    • tpms_health_max