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Future-Ready Smart People Flow

Futuristic technology enables multiple elevator cabs to function independently in the same shaft. An innovation like this can dramatically lower the number of required elevator shafts and increase leasable space.

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We have all witnessed how technology has evolved over the last decade, and how the pandemic has speeded the adoption of digital technologies by several years. The adoption or application of technology has not only increased the efficiency for industries but also the day-to-day activities of human movement. In the similar way, the elevator industry has also seen some innovative transformations that are not only practical but also sustainable in nature. These innovations are restructuring the way elevators operate in buildings for more personalized experiences especially in a post pandemic world. From AI and touchless tech to compact & energy efficient motors with built-in control circuitry, the elevator industry is getting all geared up towards being future-ready.  

Touchless Tech 

While the pandemic may have accelerated the use of touchless tech in various industries to get accustomed to the new normal, a majority initially were implemented as a stopgap measure. Initially most elevators would employ simple proximity sensors, which while being an innovative solution 2 years ago were not very efficient. These days this technology has evolved and we see cameras that can detect gestures with far more efficiency from a greater distance. This ensures that the elevators are activated only when required and not like a door at a convenient store thereby increasing efficiency. Touchless interfaces can handle complex interactions such as selecting multiple floors and is easy and intuitive to use. Few players are using voice-activated technology and such advancements would completely nullify the need to touchpads or buttons.   

Smart Elevators 

In an ever-evolving technological landscape, we are witnessing a rise in expectations and demands from the way we go about our day-to-day lives. Similarly, our modern lifts need to be energy and time efficient, low maintenance, cost friendly, space saving while being durable and having the best in class safety features. One does not need to stand in line and wait for the lift to come only to find out that it will take a few stops before reaching your required destination. Elevators these days such as smart lifts are equipped with smart systems that will guide users to their destinations in the fastest and most efficient manner, which can be especially handy during high traffic hours. 

These elevators are also equipped with cloud connectivity that allows technicians to understand the wear and tear of parts before it reaches the breakdown phase. These can be detected early and fixed in order to stop the lift from facing any further damage.   

Analytics & AI elevators 

Artificial intelligence is something that is increasingly being woven into every facet of our lives and it offers practicalities far beyond simply knowing when to be on the right floor. One such area where AI-based analytics is used to enhance customer experience and the quality of services offered is Preventive Maintenance. Preventive Maintenance or otherwise called Proactive Maintenance uses AI to identify potential issues in a building’s equipment such as elevators and escalators before they cause problems. Services like this not only increase the value of the building and prolongs the life of the equipment but also improves safety and transparency.  

Green Elevators 

With sustainability, being a concern amongst the current generation of customers as well as the workforce and ESG goals being high on most corporate priority lists, sustainable and efficient elevators will be a big priority for the industry. Elevators that support sustainable and green building through energy-efficient and innovative offering, healthy, functional, and sustainable materials, as well as transparent documentation about products’ environmental impacts. With efficient People Flow Planning and Consulting, future-proof, adaptable buildings are created that last for future generations. 

Due to the increasing digitization in the industry, there are many innovative control systems being manufactured. Unlike conventional elevator control systems, which only register the desired travel direction, Destination Control System incorporates desired destination floors and the number of waiting passengers to significantly improve elevator convenience and efficiency. The significantly improved system performance is most evident during intense traffic periods and rush hours, when traditional control systems struggle to cope with the high volume of traffic.  

Custom Elevator Cabs for More Space Efficiency 

Advanced technologies are helping develop custom double-deck elevators cabs to increase elevator space efficiency, along with an aesthetically pleasing experience for passengers.  

The new-age double-deck height-adjusting elevators allow more architectural freedom. Futuristic technology enables multiple elevator cabs to function independently in the same shaft. An innovation like this can dramatically lower the number of required elevator shafts and increase leasable space.  

The manufacturing process, quality of materials, and assembly of these elevator cabs must be top-notch to ensure that all the aspects, including the cab operating panels, energy-efficient lighting, and other parts always complement the architecture. 

Rope-Free Elevators 

Technologies can do wonders, which can even make it possible to roll out rope-free elevators. Leading companies are investing millions of dollars to improve elevator technologies in recent years, and one such initiative is rope-free elevators. 

Rope-free elevators that move cabs with the help of linear motor technology resemble the Maglev trains. Not having ropes means the motors only have to move the car, resulting in saving energy. On top of it, this system will also enable elevators to function without height restrictions and pass through adjacent shafts.

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Amit Gossain

The author is Managing Director, KONE Elevators India

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