The Summon Search API contains a service for capturing the health status of the Search cluster. This provides a way to get the immediate status of the search system without pinging the Search API directly.
The URL for the Health Check Service is http://api.summon.serialssolutions.com/2.0.0/search/ping
Because the Health Check Service is apart of the Search API, the authentication headers will be required with each call to the Health Check Service
The output of this service provides the same options available configurable in the authentication headers: XML and JSON.