Frequently Asked Questions
Atrius Navigator Platform Service is a Software Development Kit (SDK) that provides location-based (LBS) and indoor positioning services (IPS) for use within mobile applications. Atrius Navigator acquires data from the Atrius Sensory Network, luminaires enabled with Atrius.
Luminaires enabled with Atrius, featuring embedded Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and/or Visible Light Communication (VLC) technologies, work with Atrius Navigator. Acuity Brands Lighting (ABL) teams continue to release additional luminaires enabled with Atrius, further contributing to the Atrius Sensory Network. This is a continuous and ongoing effort with new product releases every month.
This is specified in the nomenclature and noted as "AE" in the luminaire spec sheet. The spec sheet will also feature a "enabled with Atrius" ingredient logo.
AE1Cx and AE1Bx fixtures have an additional standby power consumption of 150mW (approximately 0.5% power of a 30W fixture) to power the Bluetooth low energy radio. There is an additional impact of less than 2% fixture efficiency when VLC is enabled.
Customers who have already deployed Atrius Navigator receive a Maintenance App. This app allows them to recommission a new fixture by simply standing under it and following a two step process.
Yes, Acuity’s Field services team is equipped with the necessary tools to commission a new space.
VLC uses angle of light entry into the mobile phone’s front camera to calculate the distance from a light fixture. The eldoLED driver, enabling VLC, in each luminaire has a unique ID that is used by the software to identify the location in a commissioned space. Direct line of visibility from the phone’s front facing camera to the luminaire is required for a position fix.
With BLE positioning, the mobile device uses the RSSI (received signal strength indicator) values of the enabled luminaires’ BLE radios to calculate its position. Navigator uses multiple algorithms in the background to update a phone's location based on these RSSI values.
- Luminaires enabled with Atrius - installed and commissioned
- ECLYPSE A1000 for configuration of BLE communication and IP communication
- Atrius Navigator SDK and Atrius Admin
- End user mobile application leveraging the Navigator SDK
Atrius Navigator is a software platform that is packaged in a software development kit (SDK) for a mobile app developer to incorporate into an existing or a new mobile app. A mobile app that incorporates the Navigator SDK will immediately begin sending its own x,y position to the Atrius Cloud, when in a commissioned space.
Position is calculated on the mobile device
The mobile device sends its position to the cloud while in a commissioned space via the device’s data connections (WiFi or Cellular). If there is no active data connection, device positions are cached until data connection is available
- Reference Apps that show both iOS and Android examples of using the SDK
- Navigator framework (a collection of libraries)
- Latest release notes
- Position coordinates
- Time stamp
- Mobile device ID
The ECLYPSE A1000 acts as the gateway that provides overthe-air BLE firmware upgrades to the light fixtures. See illustration in About article.
Navigator will switch between BLE and VLC services depending on phone position. BLE positioning consumes the same amount of battery on a mobile device as any other BLE enabled application. VLC positioning uses similar amount of battery as wifi enabled activity by phone
Acuity does not collect any PII (personally identifiable information) from the Atrius Navigator SDK.
The first site initialization does require a data connection to receive site information. The site information can be cached to enable subsequent site initializations while offline. After site initialization, live data connection is not needed for ongoing positioning. Routing indoors does require a live data connection.
Atrius Admin is a web application that is made available with the purchase of Atrius Navigator. It allows users to change the action zones through a visual mapping interface.
The Atrius Admin can be used to update floor maps. Simply upload the latest map file for the appropriate space in this tool, and the new floor map will be reflected in the app.
Navigator SDK increases the value of any app by providing indoor positioning capability to that app. Acuity has built a Navigator Sales Demo app for the purpose of demonstrating the positioning and related business application capabilities. If customer does not have internal app development capabilities, Atrius partners can help build a suitable app.
The latest SDK is made available in this portal/knowledge base.