After the LiftBoy app is installed, it can be started on the smartphone for the first time. Afterwards the user is asked in the Android version whether the app should be given permission to use the location service. Since the location sharing in Android is related to Bluetooth LE, this must always be agreed. Furthermore the location services have to be allowed in the operating system (see figure: Figure 1.1).
After the first setup, the app starts normal operation. It automatically searches for elevators in the immediate vicinity that are equipped with the LiftBoy system. (See figure: Figure 2.1)
If one or more elevators are found, they are displayed. The elevator will be displayed with its default name and the radio reception strength. If one of the found elevators is communicating in the background, this is indicated by the animated SCHAEFER logo in the lower part of the app and corresponding text below. If communication takes place in the background, the SCHAEFER logo is animated with grey wave movements. (See figure: Figure 2.2)
In the upper third you will find the menu items 'Nearby lifts' and 'Show all lifts'. Under 'Show all lifts' you will find all lifts ever discovered, arranged alphabetically. Even if they are not within radio range. Figure 2.3).
Likewise, if it is activated in the settings (see Chapter: 6), a push message is displayed in the phone if an elevator is detected in the reception area (see Fig.: 2.4).
There are two ways to actively call an elevator equipped with the LiftBoy system or to travel to a specific floor.
The elevator can be selected directly in the menu 'Lifts nearby'. In the following a sub-menu opens, in which the item Call elevator must be selected. (See Fig.: 3.1) Afterwards the elevator control menu is opened. (see chapter 3.1)
The second possibility is to access this area via the main menu (see chapter 5). The main menu opens via the button with the three horizontal lines in the upper left area of the app. In the main menu select the item Call elevator. (see figure: Figure 3.2)
The elevator control menu includes 3 options to actively control the elevator. Via the simple call, destination floor selection and manual start dial. (see figure: Figure 3.3)
If the call button is pressed in the app, this is symbolized by a wave movement away from the button on the smartphone display. Likewise, the SCHAEFER logo in the lower part of the app shows a red wave animation and below it an info in red letters about what the app is currently doing. The red animation means that the LiftBoy App is actively communicating with the elevator see Fig.: 3.4) If the radio communication fails, press the call button again.
After a successful call, a new view opens automatically showing all possible destination floors of the elevator (see Fig.: 3.5).
If a floor designation of the app is not known at this time, the button in question contains a default value, such as floor 0*. The * symbol indicates that the app does not yet know the individual floor name. At the latest when the user is near the unknown floor with his smartphone, the floor is recognized and the default value is replaced by the individual floor name in the app.
As soon as you are in the elevator car, select the desired destination floor by pressing the corresponding button. After pressing the button, the app shows the active communication with the elevator again by wave animation around the pressed button and by red waves above the SCHAEFER logo (see fig.: 3.6).
If you know which floor you want to go to before the elevator call, or if you are already in the elevator car without wanting to call the elevator first, you have the option of active destination dialling. The destination floor is immediately transmitted to the elevator. There are two scenarios which are automatically controlled by the LiftBoy App.
If the user is outside the elevator car, the app registers the car and calls the elevator to the detected floor in the first step. (see fig.: 3.7). The LiftBoy App then triggers the corresponding destination floor selection when the user arrives in the car.
In scenario 2 the user is already in the elevator car. If the app registers this, it shows this by displaying 'Car call direct' in grey letters below the elevator name (in the upper part of the app) (see fig.: 3.8).
This variant should be chosen if the user is directly in the elevator, but does not want to call the elevator first via the call panel, but wants to go directly to a desired floor.
In the case of a simple lift call (see chapter 3.1.1), it may happen that the app detects the user on the wrong floor. The user can see this in the upper part of the app under the elevator name. If this is the case, the user can select the item 'Start selection' in the elevator control menu (see Fig.: 3.9). There the elevator can be called to the desired starting floor before the line floor selection is displayed again which is then used in the car application (see Fig.: 3.5).
If elevators are used more frequently by a user, it is possible to create a favourite call for this user. This means that the elevator automatically detects the user within radio range and the elevator reacts according to the user's settings. The user can determine from which starting floor to which destination floor the elevator should take the user and at what time of day and on which days of the week this should happen. This favourite call also works in background mode, so that the smartphone does not need to be unlocked or picked up. This is still an experimental feature at the moment and depending on the radio environment or number of users, the elevator may not respond in real time.
After the smartphone has triggered an automatic call, the elevator is blocked for another automatic call for the next 90 seconds. However, an active call (see chapter 3) is also possible during the 90 second lockout.
To create a favourite, the user can select the item 'Manage lifts' in the main menu (see chapter 5) and then select the desired elevator (see Fig.: 4.1). In order to define a favorite the user has to select the point 'Save elevator as favorite'.
Subsequently, all relevant values for the favourite call must be entered in the following menu. Click on the individual items (see Figure 4.2).
First the start and the destination floor. (see figure: 4.3) It is recommended to select a defined floor as start floor. If the start floor is arbitrary, the elevator will otherwise be called to any floor in the time span set later, should the user be near it.
Then the time period in which the elevator is to be controlled automatically (see Fig.: 4.4). Important here is that it is not possible to make two different automatic calls at the same time.
Finally, the days on which the automatic call is to be triggered must be defined (see Fig.: 4.5)
When everything is set, click on the Save button in the upper right corner of the app and the favorite is saved and then displayed in the Favorites menu (see fig.: 4.6).
This menu lists all saved favourite calls. The menu can be accessed at any time via the 'Favourites' menu item in the main menu (see chapter 5). The Favorites menu can also be accessed in the elevator control menu (see Chapter 3.1) via the star symbol in the top right-hand corner of the app.
If a favourite call is to be edited, it is simply selected in the favourites menu. Then set the favourite as described. To delete a favourite call, the user must press the relevant favourite for approx. 2 seconds and the favourite appears on a red background (see Fig.: 4.7). To delete the favourite, click on the red icon with the trash can. If the favourite is not to be deleted, the action can be aborted by clicking the grey button with the X.
The main menu can be reached at any time in the app via the 3 horizontal lines in the upper left part of the LiftBoy app. You can close the main menu by clicking the X in the upper left corner. (See fig.: 5.1).
Calling the elevator: Access to the elevator control menu (see chapter 3.1)
Managing elevators: Access to the elevator search (see chapter 2)
Favorites: Access to the favourite settings (see fig.: 4.6)
Settings: Access to the app settings (see chapter 6)
Handbuch: Access to the online manual of the app
By default, the app plays a sound and a push message when an elevator is detected or when a favorite call is triggered. These settings can be adjusted in the app under the item Settings in the main menu (see 5) (see fig.: 6.1)