by Brianna Crandall — May 15, 2017 — Acuity Brands, provider of lighting and building management solutions used around the world, has just unveiled its new Atrius brand, encompassing the company’s portfolio of Internet of Things (IoT) business solutions and Atrius software platform. Through Atrius, Acuity Brands will continue to provide and expand its comprehensive set of IoT business solutions, leveraging intelligent luminaires, lighting and building management controls, software platform services and solution development tools. The new brand was introduced at LIGHTFAIR International in Philadelphia last week.
Atrius solutions deliver 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 been already deployed across more than 50 million square feet of indoor spaces, leveraging more than a million sensors. Additionally, an installed base of Acuity Brands networked lighting systems, encompassing more than one billion square feet, can now be upgraded to a more multifunctional Atrius sensory network that can supply IoT data to the Atrius platform.
The Atrius software platform is a robust, scalable and secure platform that enables an array of capabilities, including indoor positioning, asset tracking, space utilization, spatial analytics and energy management. The Atrius Solution Builder provides a comprehensive development environment for customers and partners to build IoT solutions leveraging the Atrius platform. And the Atrius partner program enables lighting manufacturers to add their luminaires to the Atrius sensory network, and software companies to leverage the power of smart lighting to deliver impactful business solutions to their customers.
Atrius offers building owners and business manager’s endless possibilities to enhance the utilization of their space through empowering better human interaction and greater asset and employee productivity, says Acuity Brands. For example, Atrius business solutions can help employees to find an available meeting room, empower travelers to navigate busy airports, guide shoppers to a specific product on a store shelf or permit a retailer to receive an alert that a customer needs sales assistance.
Greg Carter, vice president and general manager of Atrius, explained:
Lights are installed throughout most of our indoor and outdoor spaces. In addition, lights are powered and connected, and with the emergence of LED lighting, they now feature onboard intelligence. That’s why we believe LED lighting is the best and least expensive infrastructure for delivering a sensory network that feeds IoT platforms to connect systems, spaces and people. With our full-suite of IoT solutions, now consolidated under the Atrius brand, Acuity Brands has moved well beyond the “proof of concept” stage to deploying full-scale IoT capabilities and solutions.
Atrius IoT applications utilize LED lighting infrastructure rather than requiring additional equipment like stand-alone beacons or dedicated IoT networks, bringing a faster return-on-investment (ROI). As IoT technology improves, upgrades are simple and cost effective. Further, the conversion of conventional lighting to LED lighting can provide the energy savings to help fund evolving IoT capabilities.