User Authentication for APIs

Providing users with role access and assigning a facility to a user provides greater control and security. When a user is assigned to a facility, the user can issue API calls for the assigned facility based on his role. A role grants the user the ability to perform certain tasks. You can manage roles and assign facility to a user in the User Management section in the Manage Administration menu. Refer to the list of following articles:

When an API request is made, if the user role provides permission to the requested API and the user has access to the assigned facility, the request will be authorized and allowed to be complete. For example, users can request data from the sensors on the floor or area in the facility to which they have access. The API call returns a permission error if the user does not have access to the facility or the user role does not provide the permission to view data. However, note that the user role authorization feature is not available in previous releases. This feature has been added from version 3.9.13 onwards. Refer to the User Role Permissions for APIs.

Users must be authenticated to send or receive API requests to and from Manage. For authentication, send the following headers along with the REST API.

  • API key -- Unique identifier for the user (this is the user name, for example, Bob and the generated API key copied from the EM system).
  • Timestamp -- Time, date, and day of the API call. This is included to avoid replay attacks.
  • Authorization -- SHA-1 authorization key (Calculated using the API key and timestamp).

Generating the API Key

To generate an API key for a user, see Generate API Key. Then, determine the timestamp (ts), authorization token as explained below, and send the headers along with the REST API call.

For example, user Bob is assigned the following values:

  • Username: bob
  • API Key: 6eb6f07fd09b18dd61dd353dfb669820e7859cd3 (The API Key copied from Manage)

Time Stamp and SHA-1 Authorization

Calculate timestamp and SHA-1 authorization values for the user (for example, bob) as follows:

  1. Use the formula below to calculate timestamp (ts):

ts=echo $(($(date +%s%N)/1000000)) 

For example, if today's GMT date and time was Thursday, March 3,  2016, 7:36:51.032 PM, the timestamp would be 1457033811032

  • ts: 1457033811032 
  1. Use the following command to calculate SHA-1 authorization in Linux, for example.

SHA1="$(echo -n "$username$apikey$ts" | sha1sum -t | awk '{print $1}')".

  • Authorization: e20ac2c963ccfacf23a1f70287286443820e66d1

For API authentication, send the following headers along with the REST API call:

APIkey: bob (Note: The APIkey here is the username)

Authorization: e20ac2c963ccfacf23a1f70287286443820e66d1   

ts: 1457033811032  

API Example:

:~$ curl -s --get -H "ApiKey:  bob" -H "Authorization: 
e20ac2c963ccfacf23a1f70287286443820e66d1" -H "ts:1457033811032" -H "Accept:
application/xml" -H "Content-Type: application/xml" -k
https://em_ip_address/ems/api/org/em/v1/energy -v -k
* Hostname was NOT found in DNS cache
*   Trying
* Connected to localhost ( port 443 (#0)
* successfully set certificate verify locations:
*   CAfile: none
  CApath: /etc/ssl/certs
* SSLv3, TLS handshake, Client hello (1):
* SSLv3, TLS alert, Client hello (1):
* SSLv3, TLS handshake, Server hello (2):
* SSLv3, TLS handshake, CERT (11):
* SSLv3, TLS handshake, Server key exchange (12):
* SSLv3, TLS handshake, Server finished (14):
* SSLv3, TLS handshake, Client key exchange (16):
* SSLv3, TLS change cipher, Client hello (1):
* SSLv3, TLS handshake, Finished (20):
* SSLv3, TLS change cipher, Client hello (1):
* SSLv3, TLS handshake, Finished (20):
* SSL connection using ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384
* Server certificate:
* subject: C=US; ST=California; L=Sunnyvale; O=Enlighted Inc.; OU=Manage
* start date: 2015-12-15 06:37:22 GMT
* expire date: 2040-12-08 06:37:22 GMT
* issuer: C=US; ST=California; L=Sunnyvale; O=Enlighted Inc.; OU=Manage
* SSL certificate verify result: self signed certificate (18), continuing anyway.
> GET /ems/api/org/facility/v1/energy/1 HTTP/1.1
> User-Agent: curl/7.35.0
> Host: localhost
> ApiKey:  bob
> Authorization: e20ac2c963ccfacf23a1f70287286443820e66d1
> ts:  1457033811032
> Accept: application/xml
> Content-Type: application/xml
< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2016 19:42:55 GMT
* Server Apache-Coyote/1.1 is not blacklisted
< Server: Apache-Coyote/1.1
< Content-Type: application/xml
< Content-Length: 234
< Set-Cookie: JSESSIONID=8CE1F42FCBCCEE5AB69175D45673951F; Path=/ems/; HttpOnly
< Via: 1.1
< Vary: Accept-Encoding

Common Request, Response Headers and Codes

The Enlighted Manage (EM) supports standard REST-based APIs including XML and JSON messaging formats. Developers can write applications using REST APIs to query and retrieve information from the Manage. The sample responses to the web services are in JSON or XML format.

Common Request Headers

The following table describes request headers common to API requests.

Header Name




Host name of the requested content. This parameter is required for HTTP 1.1

Em_ip_address or hostname (Manage server)


The MIME type of the body of the request (used with POST and PUT requests). Both content types are valid.

Application/XML or Application/JSON


Content types that are acceptable for the response. The response is displayed in the format specified in this field.

Application/XML or Application/JSON


Username and API Key


For example: bob


SHA-1 authorization comprises Username, API key, and Timestamp. API Key can be obtained from EM in Administration -> User Management menu.

{sha1sum of $Username$APIKey$ts}


Timestamp: Time, date, and day of the API call in milliseconds and UTC format
For example, 1448011348780


Common Response Headers

The following table describes response headers that are common to most responses.

Header Name Description Example
Server The name of the server that generated the response em_server
(Manage server)
Content-Type The content type of the response content in the body Application/JSON
Content-Length The response length in bytes 7582
Date The date and time the EM server responded Sat, 21 Jul 2015 17:06:51 GMT

Status Codes

Status codes define the response of the request to the client. The following table lists the status codes.

Status code Status Message Description
200 Ok Valid response, request successful

Error Codes

When there is an error, the header information contains:

  • Content-Type: Application/XML
  • An appropriate 3xx, 4xx status code.

The following table lists the error codes.

Error codes Error Message Description
302 Moved temporarily User not authenticated

Bad request:
Invalid Fixture ID, please correct and try again, or
Incorrect body format, please correct and try again

User input is invalid data, either an incorrect Fixture-id or body format.
401 Authentication failed User authentication failed
403 Request forbidden, Permission denied No access to the user

API not found:
This fixture ID does not represent an emergency fixture: this function is only supported by emergency fixtures, please select an appropriate fixture ID.

API not valid or not found, or when the command is issued to start an emergency lighting testing on a non-emergency lighting fixture.
408 API received after time expired API canceled
500 Internal Server Error:
Looks like the sensor is offline! Please resolve the issue and try again.
Sensor communication is reported not healthy.