by Brianna Crandall — August 18, 2017 — Lighting and building management solutions provider Acuity Brands just introduced Atrius Spaces, an Internet of Things (IoT) platform service that helps customers manage space utilization using a building’s occupancy data. Atrius Spaces, which includes a Web application and an application programming interface (API), can be used to efficiently allocate and plan for spatial requirements, allowing building managers to optimize facility operations and budgets, as well as the overall management of a building or campus throughout its lifecycle.
Atrius Spaces converts occupancy data available from the Atrius Sensory Network (through nLight lighting controls from Acuity Brands) into a value-added building and business solution. The Atrius Spaces Web application visually represents real-time usage of spaces and provides metrics based on historical data that identifies peak and average space utilization and types of spaces used within one or multiple buildings. Using optional Map Design and Site Audit services, building managers can access room, floor and building plans from any standard Web browser at any time and from anywhere.
In addition, the Atrius Spaces platform service features an API that allows developers to easily integrate the service with existing customer tools and dashboards, or create different applications, making IoT integration easier to achieve.
Greg Carter, Acuity Brands Lighting senior vice president, Software Products, pointed out:
New occupant dynamics, such as shared workspaces, “hoteling” for employees who travel frequently, and those who intermittently work remotely, make accurate space utilization data critical to building operation. Atrius Spaces reduces the effort required to collect, interpret and analyze data, and provides real-time actionable insights into to a building’s space utilization, which allows building managers to focus on optimizing space tailored to tenant and employee needs.
The Atrius brand encompasses the entire portfolio of IoT business solutions from Acuity Brands. The Atrius framework delivers connectivity and intelligence to a space via an expansive network of smart LED lighting and controls and a software platform that gathers, unlocks and transforms raw data to enable a broad range of software solutions addressing critical business challenges. Atrius solutions have already been deployed across more than 60 million square feet of spaces, leveraging more than a million nodes.