Lifecycle of Access Codes

Learn how access codes transition between states, and the corresponding events that are emitted.

Programming access codes involves asynchronous processes, which can be complex to manage. Such asynchronous flows depend on interactions with smart devices and third-party applications outside your main application. Our access code API streamlines this process by tracking the status of the access code using a state machine.

The Access Code flow begins you makes a request to create an access code on Seam.

1. unset - Awaiting programming

This is the initial state of an access code. At this stage, the code is created in the system but has not yet been sent to or recognized by the smart device. It's essentially in a queue, waiting for its turn to be programmed.

For natively-scheduled codes, Seam will preload the access code onto the device 72 hours ahead of the starts_at time. Seam will also emit an access_code.scheduled_on_device event, which indicates a natively-scheduled code has been programmed on the device, and is awaiting its designated activation time. You'll observe that the access code remains in an unset state until the starts_at time, at which point it will activate and transition to the set status.

2. setting - Programming in progress

For Just-in-time codes, once the code starts being programmed onto the smart device, it transitions to the setting state. During this phase, Seam is actively trying to communicate with the smart device to program the code.

For natively-scheduled codes, if there's an issue programming the natively-scheduled code by its starts_at time, then the code's status will display as setting.

3. set - Active for use

Once an access code is successfully programmed onto a smart device, specific events are emitted to indicate its status. For standard access codes, the access_code.set_on_device event is triggered, signifying successful programming. Regardless of the type, the code is securely stored in the device's memory. However, its immediate usability may be contingent on properties like starts_at. For natively scheduled codes, you can expect the access_code.set_on_device event to be emitted when the starts_at activation time is reached.

4. removing - Being removed from device

When an access code is no longer required or its ends_at time has been reached, Seam initiates the process to remove the code from the device. The access code then transitions to the "removing" state. During this period, the system actively communicates with the smart device, working to erase the access code from its memory.

5. Access code unprogrammed and deleted from Seam

When an access code is removed from a device, it's not just deleted from the device's memory. Correspondingly, the access code object is also deleted from Seam's database. As a result, if you try to retrieve that specific access code through the 'get access code' endpoint afterwards, you will encounter a 404 error, indicating that the code no longer exists.

Seam is modifying the behavior of access codes so they won't return a 404 error unless explicitly deleted by the API user. Currently, access codes yield a 404 error when removed from a device, such as when a time-bound access code expires.


unknown - Seam lost connection to account

Beyond the states previously detailed, an "unknown" state exists. This state suggests that the account has been disconnected, preventing Seam from interfacing with the third-party API to verify the access code.

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