Amatis Glossary of Terms

Action: The behavior that the devices are going to exhibit, given to each device during the commissioning phase. Actions could also be added later as the use of your space changes.

Action function table (AFT): this table is the sole mechanism for a device to decide how to, and if it should, interact with other devices on a network

Advanced Load Controller (ALC)an Amatis controller to switch and dim AC (alternating current) powered devices. ALC features on/off as well as 0-10 output. The ALC is able to measure the amount of power passing through the controlled fixture or zone and then uses this information to track energy consumption and detect failed drivers or lamps.

After Hours Occupancy: more aggressive occupancy levels triggered by a schedule after business hours to save even more energy

Amatis App: This is our main app used to commission new sites and manage existing sites. Get started with your Amatis App today - it is accessible on the web at or on your iOS or Android

Amatis Border Router (AMBR): a wireless gateway device used to connect the wireless mesh network to the cloud

AMBR app: We integrated this app with the Amatis app to improve user experience. This app is local so that no cloud access is required to do initial commissioning.

BACnet: this communication protocol is for building automation and controls networks. Learn how to integrate it here.

Baseline mode: the return on investment (ROI) changes in total energy, dollars, and C02. This shows the incentive for purchasing the Amatis system 

Commissioning: the act of programming and provisioning your devices after installation

Configdevice-level access for tech mode users 

Constrained application protocol (CoAP): an internet application protocol allowing nodes to communicate with similar protocols 

Controllers: any device that responds to triggers and changes the state of a space. For example, changing light levels 

Dashboard: This platform allows you to monitor occupancy rates, light levels, and temperature fluctuations. If baseline data is provided prior to adding lighting controls you can compare in total energy, dollars, C02, and percent savings.

Data dictionary: a structure that stores configurated parameters, energy totalizers, and other state parameters. The data dictionary complements the AFT by providing locations for parameters such as high-end trim. 

Daylight Harvesting (DLH)adjust the light level based on incoming sunlight for even more energy savings

DCDIM: an Amatis controller to switch and dim DC (direct current) powered devices 

Fade Time: the time you want your lights to fade up or down, similar to ramp rate  

Grace Period: an intermediate time between occupied light level and vacant light level during normal hours or after hours that gradually dim a space 

High-end trim: helps you define what the highest light level allowed in the space is. So 100% high-end trim, would output 100% light capability of the fixture. Adjust to a lower percentage to set that as the new highest level. 

Identify: a specific action that makes the node flash, confirming which device is which in the app

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6): the latest version of internet communication providing an ID and location system to computers in a network and routes traffic

Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4): the 4th version of internet protocol - a core protocol for inter-networking methods

Lighting Controls: ability to manually or automatically customize the level and quality of lights in a space

LinkID: associates a trigger to an action 

Local Area Network (LAN): A computer network interconnecting other devices within a specific distance

Location: A physical location represented in our app such as a conference room to allow the customization of commissioning. You will be able to name each location, for example, Mike's Office 

Low-end trimdefines the lowest light level to a percentage other than zero - an example of when this applies would be in a parking garage with safety

MAC address: the 12 digits unique identifier located on each device with a QR code. In the Amatis App you will see the last 4 digits

MQTTmachine-to-machine (M2M)/Internet of things connectivity protocol 

Multicastgroup communication where data is transmitted across a group of devices simultaneously 

Node: any device on the wireless mesh, with a radio module inside of it, that is not AMBR - Smart Driver, ALC, Sensor, Switches

Normal Hours Occupancy: the most comfortable occupancy levels triggered by a schedule during working/business hours

Occupancy control (occ): the sensors motion detection within each space to save energy no matter what time

On-change: used to increase the resolution of critical data points by pushing new data when it changes

OTA: over the air update 

PAN profile: (personal area network) a group of network parameters made up of a net key, channel and a panID that define a 6LowPAN

Pan RepairAnother way to say rebuilding a mesh network 

Ping: Amatis loosely defines ping as a short conversation with a node 

Power Hub Driver (PHD): an Amatis supported 3rd party controller 

Tech mode: is the ability for users to access advanced troubleshooting features 

Terminalprovides text-based access to the Amatis system in contrast with the mostly graphical nature of the app's user interface - only accessible to company and company users

Test mode: designed to change all of your parameters (to less than a minute) to make occupancy easy to view during commissioning and inspection and will automatically time out

Triggers: causes an action to happen

User: Each user has a different permissions level within our Amatis app and dashboard

0-10 volt dimming:  a direct current (DC) voltage varying between 0 and 10 volts

6LoWireless (6Low): the latest in wireless technology, a wireless mesh network, that is lightweight, stateless, and robust allowing devices of all types to interact with each other

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